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Protect Your Loved Ones from Nursing Home Neglect

Helping Grandmother WalkBy 2050, it is expected that a full 20 percent of the U.S. population will be comprised of individuals ages 65 and older, many of whom will require some extra assistance for daily living activities. After a lifetime of hard work and service to their communities, seniors deserve the best of care. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy for families to find the right assisted living facility in New York to protect their loved ones from neglect or abuse.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, one recent study discovered that an appalling 7.6 to 10 percent of study participants were victims of elder abuse during the year prior to the study. As shocking as these statistics are, they may be even lower than the actual figure. Some researchers suggest that just one in every 14 cases of elder neglect and abuse is ever reported to the authorities, and The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study indicated that only one in 24 cases of elder abuse was reported.

Given the prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye strongly encourages families to thoroughly research assisted living options in New York before moving their loved ones into a facility. One great resource for families is A Place for Mom.

Do your due diligence

Reputable organizations such as A Place for Mom have made it free and easy for families to research assisted living facilities in order to minimize the risk of harm to their loved ones. Using the website is simple; enter the city or zip code to begin your search. Narrow down your options by language, religion, care services, or preferred diet. For example, you can choose to only search memory care locations or to search for assisted living in New York that includes brain fitness activities and diabetic care.

Perhaps most importantly, however, you can use the background information on the facilities to cross off undesirable options from your short list. A Place for Mom features “Do Not Refer” lists for each state so you can steer clear of potentially harmful choices for your aging loved ones. You’ll also have access to quarterly reports of nursing home inspections, in addition to plenty of other online resources to ensure your loved one receives compassionate and proper care.

Your options after discovering elder neglect

It’s still important to remain vigilant for the potential signs of elder neglect or abuse.

Examples of negligent care include:

  • Failed to administer medications properly
  • Failed to monitor for signs of medical problems
  • Failed to ensure proper nutrition and hydration
  • Failed to prevent and/or treat pressure ulcers
  • Failed to maintain your loved one’s proper hygiene
  • Inflicted physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse

It’s critical to act right away to protect your loved one from further abuse and to ensure those responsible for these heinous acts are brought to justice.

The personal injury lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have a longstanding history of working tirelessly on behalf of victims and their families. Call us at 1-800-469-7429 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. We’ll help you assess your legal options.