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Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer NYC
Nursing homes are supposed to care for our loved ones – those who can’t take care of themselves. We trust them with our fragile loved ones’ lives, usually out of necessity.
But what happens when your loved one isn’t receiving the care he or she deserves? Worse, what if he or she is being neglected or abused?
THE COLD, HARD FACTS ON NEGLECTING THE ELDERLY
There are about 2.1 million reported cases of nursing home abuse and neglect each year. What’s worse is that for every reported case, experts believe there are as many as five cases that go unreported.
We all hope that nursing home caregivers will treat our loved ones with the dignity and respect that they deserve, but with statistics like these, it’s very clear that some terrible people slip through the cracks.
TYPES OF NURSING HOME AND ASSISTED LIVING NEGLECT
There are nearly 650 nursing homes and assisted-care facilities in New York State, and a relatively large concentration of them are in the City.
Neglect comes in many forms, and it’s not always easy to recognize the symptoms.
However, failure to administer medications, unsanitary living conditions (including soiled clothes or bed linens), and malnourishment and dehydration are all types of neglect.
There are also many types of emotional neglect, including when someone is ignored, left alone or treated differently from his or her peers.
10 SIGNS YOUR LOVED ONE IS BEING NEGLECTED
It isn’t always easy to correlate the symptoms of nursing home neglect with your loved one’s behavior, appearance or condition, but there are 10 signs you should be looking for if you suspect that he or she isn’t getting adequate care in a nursing home facility.
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Preventable injuries from falls
- Withdrawn behavior or other unusual changes in behavior
- Lack of friendly interaction with nursing home staffers
- Lack of friendly interaction with other residents
- Sudden weight loss
- Changes in personal hygiene
- Apparent environmental hazards (such as bad lighting, unsafe furniture, and slippery floors)
Many nursing homes are outstanding facilities, but the biggest problems come from facilities that appear to be great places while hiding terrible conditions from patients’ family members.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR LOVED ONE IS A VICTIM
If you suspect your parent, grandparent or other loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect in a New York City facility, it’s very important that you speak out.
You are his or her voice and sometimes talking to the director of the facility can make a huge difference.
However, you might also want to talk to a lawyer who focuses on neglect of the elderly. The people responsible for injury to your loved one should be held accountable, because nobody deserves to suffer under someone else’s “care.”
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