You are absolutely horrified. You did your due diligence. You researched and asked other people what the facility was like. All you got was good feedback. Then, you found the oozing bedsore on the back of your Dad’s elbow.
While the vast majority of nursing homes and their caregivers are caring, competent and conscientious, some are not. There are different types of abuse and neglect sometimes seen in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Some are obvious, some not. All of them, however, are against the law.
The first type of Nursing Home abuse we’ll look at is physical abuse. This is treatment, such as hitting, pushing or shoving, which results in physical injury. Then there is psychological abuse, which can be even worse than physical abuse. This includes intimidating, bullying, yelling or otherwise abusing their position of power and trust to influence residents’ actions. Next is financial abuse, where money is misappropriated from patients, whether through trickery or intimidation, to the benefit of a caregiver. The final issue is neglect, which is what happened in our opening paragraph. That is, failure to provide the care and attention necessary for a patient to live the best life they can, given the situation.
Right now, you probably have lots of questions about how to best care for your loved one, who now lives in a long-term care facility. Is it safe for her to stay in this home? What are his rights? Is this unusual for this company, or do they have a long history of problems? What do I do now? Where do I turn for help?
Turn to us. Here at D’Agostino and Associates, we’ve been helping people protect their loved ones from nursing home neglect in the New York City area for 25 years. We know what it takes to help you make things right. We have a winning record with our clients.
To find out more about your loved one’s legal rights, please contact us for a free initial consultation.