If your family member is a resident in a nursing home facility, you want to make sure that their placement is successful and that they are receiving the appropriate treatment in every aspect of their day-to-day lives. You want to know if their nutritional requirements are being met, their medical treatment is consistently appropriate and the activities of daily living, such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc., are being performed regularly.
If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, the easiest way to find out is to talk with them. If it is difficult to communicate with them, or them with you, you can visually assess their environment and ask questions of the staff and the administration. According to a Department of Health survey and audit published in February 2016, there are ten certified nursing homes in Rockland County and between 2007 and 2015, there have been 916 violations reported. It was reported by the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, Division of State Government Accountability, that over 85% of neglect citations consisted of nursing home violations describing more than minimal harm to residents, actual harm to residents and immediate jeopardy for harm to residents.
Rather than being anxious about your loved one’s well-being, do your research before your family member is placed there. If your family member is already a nursing home resident and you suspect abuse or neglect, pay attention to the state of their clothing and dress. Are they clean, neat and free from any unpleasant odors? Do they have bad breath? Are they exhibiting signs of fear or tension and if so, where and when is it occurring? How does the staff interact with the residents? Are they behaving in a friendly or detached manner? Is the staff respectful of boundaries and do they ask permission and inform the resident when they interact with them? What is the staff to resident ratio?
Pay close attention to your instincts. If you suspect that abuse or neglect is happening to a family member or loved one in a nursing home, contact an attorney who has extensive experience in nursing home abuse lawsuits and is skilled in getting justice and pursuing compensation in these types of cases. If you are looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney, look no further than Finkelstein & Partners, LLP in Rockland County. We have been providing superior legal services to the residents of Rockland County and we will help you too. Call Finkelstein & Partners, LLP at 800-529-2676 or email [email protected].