In New York state alone, there are over 600 nursing homes, and 75% of the people in them require assistance in all of their daily activities. Nursing homes in the U.S. are governed by regulations and statutes at both the federal and state levels. Prevention of bed sores, plans of care, hydration/nutrition requirements, and standards for the use of restraints in fall prevention are all mandatory elements of nursing home policies and procedures. The government expects that each resident receives the highest practical care consistent with their condition and limitations.
Despite these government regulations, statistically more than two million cases of elder abuse are reported in the United States every year, and as many as one in ten elderly people are victims of elder abuse in some form.* There are seven clear warning signs of elder abuse that you need to be aware of to keep your loved one safe:
- Bed Sores
- Fall Injuries
- Physical Abuse
- Medication Errors
- Dehydration and/or Malnutrition
- Alzheimer’s Patient Abuse
- Mental or Emotional Abuse
Nursing home contracts often include clauses which remove some liability for common elder care issues and many of these institutions employ powerful representation to insulate them from responsibility. You deserve this same type of powerful representation. It’s important to enlist the help of an attorney who is well-versed in cases involving nursing home, adult day care, assisted living and at home care to carefully review you loved one’s chart to help you determine if your concerns are valid.
RGLZ has a strong record of results in nursing home negligence and abuse claims. You can rely on us to guide you through the process and apply our extensive experience and knowledge to the vigorous representation that you may need. If you have noticed any of these warning signs of elder abuse or neglect of your loved one, you should file a complaint about nursing home care in New York State by clicking here, and then contact us for a FREE consultation.
Check our website regularly as we provide more in depth information on each of these seven warning signs of elder abuse over the next few weeks.