When families in New York transition their aging loved one to a nursing home facility, they often go to great lengths to guarantee that the establishment they have selected is one that will be a comfortable fit and is capable of providing thorough and compassionate care. Unfortunately, there are times when due to poor training, inadequate focus or even blatant ignorance, policies are violated that put the health, safety and wellbeing of the residents at risk.
One of the main reasons you put a loved one in a New York nursing home is so he or she will have constant care and get the proper attention to stay healthy and safe. When you discover that the nursing home has been negligent in their duties, it can be very upsetting. Your best defense against neglect issues to understand what constitutes neglect and the signs to watch for.
The use of chemical restraints on nursing home patients is a growing concern in today's society. Because of the widespread and ease of availability of prescription medications, it is not difficult for nursing home staff to get their hands-on sedatives. If a patient is particularly difficult, staff members may not hesitate to use those sedatives to make their jobs easier. Doing so is both illegal and dangerous.
Even though your loved one has been in a New York nursing home for quite some time now and you did adequate research before deciding where to house him or her, you are starting to suspect that something is wrong. However, it is difficult to tell if your judgments are justified and your loved one is okay. Fortunately, there are warning signs that you can watch to help you recognize when better care should be provided.
Selecting a nursing home in New York is often no easy process for families who are concerned about the wellbeing and care of their elderly family member. Often, many families pour hours into comparing their options and visiting facilities to determine which one is the best fit. Unfortunately, there are situations where nursing homes are negligent in the way they care for their residents and as a result, put the safety of their residents in harm's way.
When you collaborate with other family members to decide how to best care for an aging loved one in New York, chances are each of you spend considerable time weighing your options for the most comfortable and compassionate care. When you settle on a nursing home as your best option, transitioning your loved one into that environment will take time and encouragement on your part. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we have helped many families protect their loved ones against elder abuse.
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home in Queens is no doubt a difficult one, yet one you make with their best interests in mind. You may not have the time nor the expertise to provide them the care they need (such as ensuring they take any medications that have been prescribed to them). A nursing home staff should (or so you think). Oftentimes, such facilities have difficulty recruiting and hiring qualified nursing personnel. Specifically regarding the management and administration of medications, all of those tasks should be done by such professionals.
Snowy days in New York City can be fun times for the state’s younger citizens, but it is a different story when it comes to the seniors of the Empire State. As temperatures fall, seniors are at greater health risk if they are exposed to the colder air. This is especially true when it comes to elderly New Yorkers who reside in nursing homes, who may be more infirm than seniors living at home and depend on caregivers to get around.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, then you likely rely upon the staff to keep your loved one safe. However, every year, there are reports of neglect and abuse in nursing homes all over New York. Even more frightening are the many cases that go unreported. This may lead you to wonder why the nursing home staff does not report instances of abuse and neglect.
New York residents who must rely on nursing homes to help care for their elderly family members should be able to trust that the care provided will be consistent and high-quality. Sadly, this is not always the case and a lack of sufficient staffing may well be a contributing factor to this reality.