Unfortunately, our elderly population and those with disabilities that require long-term care often find themselves the victims of scams, fraud, neglect, and abuse here in the United States. According to the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys, one in ten senior citizens over the age of 60 have experienced some type of elder abuse.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home facility in the Bronx and are concerned about their safety and wellbeing, it is a good idea to learn about the kinds of abuse and neglect that may occur in that kind of setting and what signs to look for if you suspect that the resident is a victim of abuse or neglect. Your knowledge and activism could make all the difference in a life-threatening situation.
There are five basic types of nursing home abuse and neglect:
The more vulnerable a resident’s physical and mental health is, the higher the probability that some form of abuse may occur. Cognitive issues (like dementia and Alzheimer’s) on top of overmedication can also impact an individual’s ability to report what’s happening to them. Additionally, residents who have little or no contact with the outside world from visitors have a higher probability of being abused and neglected.
There are risk factors for abuse and neglect that have to do with the resident’s condition and the quality of the relationship between the resident and staff, other residents, family, and caregivers. Obviously, the facility itself plays a large role as well. Understaffing, hiring inexperienced staff, underpaying staff, and failing to properly supervise and manage staff can all attribute to a facility’s likeliness of fostering an unhealthy environment for residents. The Bronx was cited as having the largest number of nursing home deficiencies where residents were harmed or in immediate jeopardy of being harmed in New York City.
Aside from the severe consequences of abuse, neglect alone can lead to serious complications for the resident’s mental and physical health. In addition to bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, and poor hygiene, victims of neglect might suffer infections, serious injuries, and even wrongful death.
Signs of abuse and neglect:
Nursing home facilities are held accountable for the quality of life of their residents. Their performance is monitored by licensing and certification agencies. These agencies enforce state and federal laws governing nursing home licensing. Evaluators complete inspections and surveys periodically, investigate complaints and resident grievances, and issue citations and deficiencies if there is a violation of any regulation. Information is received from the nursing home survey report, licensing files, Medicaid fraud control, Medicare, police reports, nurses’ notes, residents’ records, medical reports, and data from the Nurse Aide Registry and Abuse Registry.
Furthermore, Adult Protective Services can review inspection reports and have access to Nursing Home Compare data online. The long-term care ombudsman program (LTC) investigates complaints made by or on behalf of abused or neglected nursing home residents and maintains a regular presence in the facility to monitor any issues or concerns.
If you suspect that someone you love is a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, call the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at The Law Office of Reuven Epstein. Nursing home abuse attorney Reuven Epstein has decades of experience in handling nursing home abuse claims and fighting for the rights of victims.
Through his compassionate and professional legal representation, he can help you file a claim against the nursing home facility and their insurance company to secure compensation for the physical and mental implications of the abuse or neglect. He will ensure your loved one has all the needed resources to live in a healthy environment going forward.
Of equal importance, he can hold the nursing home and its staff accountable for their actions. These types of facilities should not receive funding if they violate the federal standard of care, and it often takes aggressive litigation to bring the public’s awareness to what’s happening to our most vulnerable population.
Don’t delay if you have concerns about your loved one here in Spring Valley, NY; their life may depend on us taking swift legal action. You can schedule your free consultation with our elder abuse lawyer to address your suspicions and have all of your questions answered before deciding whether or not to move forward with a case.
At The Law Office of Reuven Epstein, our compassion and professionalism are second to none when it comes to looking after victims of other people’s actions. Your loved one deserves justice.
Call us today at (845) 208-2444. You can also email us at email@example.com.