If you have a loved one in a nursing home facility in the Bronx and are concerned about their safety and well-being, it is a good idea to learn about the kinds of abuse and neglect 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.
There are five basic types of nursing home abuse: physical abuse, verbal and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, personal property abuse (exploitation) and neglect (physical and medical). The more vulnerable a resident’s physical and mental health is, the higher the probability that some form of abuse may occur. 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 facility itself, the resident’s condition and the quality of the relationship between the resident and staff, other residents, family and caregivers. 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.
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. 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. Their nursing home abuse lawyers have decades of experience in handling nursing home abuse claims and their compassion and professionalism are second to none.