Elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes are emotionally devastating, both for you and your loved ones. Some instances are attributable to understaffed facilities: with so few employees, patients are not given the care they need and may not be checked on often enough to prevent or treat injuries. Other times, the staff may be genuinely neglectful or even malicious.
We place our elderly loved ones in nursing homes to give them the medical care and dedicated attention they need in their golden years. The problem is that some facilities value profits over the rights and well-being of their residents and fail to provide sufficient healthcare, protection, and support. As a result, serious physical and even psychological injury can result. A resident can be given an incorrect dosage of their medication and be sent into a coma, fall out of bed and lie there unnoticed for hours, or become so lonely and depressed that their interest in life wanes.
Other examples of neglectful and abusive behavior include:
- Making errors in patient medication, which can be potentially life-threatening,
- Failing to provide the residents with adequate amounts of nutrition,
- Failing to supervise dementia patients in potentially unsafe surroundings,
- Neglecting to perform the proper assessments to determine the risk of a resident falling,
- Failing to take appropriate steps to prevent dangerous falls and/or
- Deliberately medicating patients to control them
Facility managers do not always hire staff that are sufficiently qualified for their assigned responsibilities. Nor do all of them carry out sufficient background checks on new hires, keep medical equipment in good operating condition, or keep the facility as clean as they should. It all amounts to an unsafe living environment for all residents.
If you notice symptoms like the following, your relative may be a victim of nursing home negligence:
- Pressure ulcers or bedsores on the skin. Left untreated, they can become infected and even result in death;
- Loss of appetite or weight loss;
- Surface injuries such as cuts, scrapes, bruises or burns;
- Incoherent behavior that could be indicative of over-drugging;
- A bedroom that has clearly not been cleaned in days;
- Soiled bedding or garments;
- Marked anxiety or sudden depressive behavior and/or
- Incorrect medication present in the room.
Nursing home negligence and abuse are deplorable, and best remedied by aggressive legal action. If you suspect that your elderly family member has been injured due to nursing home neglect, then it is important to contact a New York attorney with experience in pursuing elder abuse cases. Senior citizens are entitled to an existence that includes dignity, compassion and respect. When they are placed in a nursing home, they deserve to receive the proper care and attention. When neither is forthcoming, your attorney will help you hold the facility accountable. Call the law office of Jayson Lutzky is you have been injured at the hands of someone else. Mr. Lutzky has over 33 years of experience practicing law and offers free in-person consultations. Call 718-514-6619 to set up your free in-person consultation or visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com.