A nursing home is a residence which houses elderly and disabled persons and provides care by experienced employees. A nursing home is an option for people who cannot properly or safely care for themselves alone.
There are approximately 16,000 nursing homes in America.
Over 1.6 million Americans reside in nursing homes across the country.
Some small nursing homes have as few as 30 residents, while others may have hundreds of occupants.
You should consult with your relative's primary care physician and request a few nursing home recommendations. Your loved one's doctor is familiar with their medical history and their needs and will be able to inform you of appropriate nursing home facilities. Other relatives and friends may be good means of nursing home information.
Visit many homes while searching for the perfect facility. You may find it helpful to take notes so that you may personally evaluate and compare the nursing homes. Observe the residents and see if they appear to be in good health, active, content, and social. What is the state of their physical appearance? Are their clothes unsoiled and in good condition? Do the residents have good personal hygiene? Does the nursing home have any odor? What are the costs involved in choosing the nursing home? How many employees work at the facility? Does the facility carry out all of the health care needs that your relative may require? Does the nursing home provide activities and nourishment that your loved one enjoys? Read The Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for additional information.
Nursing home neglect is when residents are treated improperly by the caregivers of the facility. This improper care includes the failure to protect residents from harm caused by other residents, including sexual, emotional, physical, and psychological harm. Some other examples are broken bones, poor hygiene, and lack of proper medical treatment to pre-existing conditions.
In the U.S. over 5,000 nursing homes were cited for abuse violations in a recent 2 year period. That accounts for over 30% of the United State's nursing homes. Every year many incidences of nursing home abuse are not reported for numerous reasons. This makes the calculating of nursing home abuse incidences very complicated.
Physical restraints are a type of equipment that is used to keep a person in a wheelchair or bed and hinder their ability to move freely. Chemical restraints are a variety of medications that are used to sedate residents of nursing homes. Chemical restraints are not medically required for the residents. Physical and chemical restraints should NEVER be used to control residents or for the convenience of the care taker, and should only be used when medically necessary.
There are many different types of nursing home abuse, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental and/or emotional abuse, or financial abuse.
If you suspect nursing home abuse you should get assistance as soon as possible. If a person is in danger call the police immediately. If the situation is not an emergency, contact an employee of the facility and communicate the problem to them. If you think that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse you should promptly remove them from the facility and seek medical attention if necessary.
The family member of a resident, a resident of the nursing home, and members of the community may file a complaint against a nursing home.
Following a complaint against a nursing home you have the right of anonymity, the right to attend the investigation of the nursing home, and the right to obtain a copy of the report of the investigation of the nursing home. Contact our NY personal injury lawyers for more information regarding your case.