While the ideal situation for older New York residents would be to remain in their home, this is not always possible due to their health and financial situation. In such a case, the only option may be to put a loved one in a nursing home and it is important to be aware of any signs of nursing home neglect or abuse. These signs can be bed sores, dehydration, cleanliness, or even malnutrition problems.
Several studies have been conducted to analyze the treatment that older Americans receive in nursing homes and these studies have led to a list of concerns that families should have. One of these concerns is the use of psychoactive medications on patients; a study revealed that many residents receive these types of drugs as a form of discipline. Another concern is physical restraints, which are only legally allowed in situations where the patient’s medical condition or treatment calls for it.
Unfortunately, nursing home negligence is a very real problem and likely affects more patients than is currently known. One 2000 study revealed that 95 percent of nursing home residents witnessed abuse or neglect while just under half reported being victims of mistreatment at the hands of those paid to care for them; the study examined 2,000 nursing homes.
As more information becomes available, revealing issues with assisted living facilities, it becomes more important than ever for New Yorkers to be involved in the care their elderly members receive. When someone suspects that a family member has been a victim of abuse or neglect by nursing home staff, they may want to talk to an experienced attorney about their rights.
Source: Medical Daily, “Senior Care: 5 Tips To Protect Mom And Dad From Nursing Home Fraud,” Lizette Borreli, May 15, 2013