The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected us all. Unfortunately, some of the most vulnerable people to the virus are our nursing home inhabitants. New York, among other states, has been hit incredibly hard by the virus, and this is no different for our nursing homes. Amid various accusations of being short-staffed and otherwise altogether underprepared for such a virus, nursing homes are calling for immunity from lawsuits. As of now, New York State is the only state where[...]
Those living in nursing homes are among the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus, which is why if you suspect your loved one has recently contracted the virus as a result of negligence, you are most likely now looking to bring that nursing home to justice. Please read on and reach out to our experienced New York personal injury attorney to learn more about how we can help you. What are the CDC guidelines for nursing homes? Though[...]
Many people reach a point in their lives where they can no longer care for themselves. If they are past a certain point, no matter how bad their loved ones wish to avoid it, they may require around-the-clock assistance in a nursing home. When you put a loved one in a nursing home, you expect they will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Generally, nursing homes will abide by your wishes and care for your[...]
When we make the difficult decision to put one of our loved ones into a Nursing home, we expect them to be cared for! Nursing homes and retirement homes have a responsibility to ensure their residents' safety at all times. This includes keeping an eye on their residents and making sure they don't wander off. Unfortunately, wandering off known as elopement has come all too common at nursing homes across New York. When a resident gets out of[...]
As your family members and loved ones age, often times they require full time living assistance. There are various ways to get care for elderly loved ones including in-home individual assistance or more commonly, assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Nursing homes can be very nice establishments with caring staff and a nice network of people for residents to make friends and enjoy their later years. Many nursing homes provide full servicing to their residents like medical treatment,[...]
What is a Special Focus Facility nursing home?
If you or a loved one is in a nursing home in New York that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding, it must pass surveys and inspections by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approximately once each year. According to CMS, a facility that has significant deficiencies may not automatically be penalized or closed, but it would probably be enrolled in a Special Focus Facility program if there is a history of poor performance. The past record of[...]
Causes of bedsores in nursing homes
As people age, they often lose mobility because of injuries or conditions such as arthritis. Because of this loss, seniors often choose to live a nursing home where they can get assistance and maintain their best level of health. Even with the extra help, those who are bound to a sitting or reclining position most of the time are at risk for bedsores. The Mayo Clinic explains that nursing home residents who cannot reposition their bodies well often[...]
Antidepressant use in nursing homes
Moving into a nursing home facility in New York is often a major life change for older people who are becoming dependent on others for care. However, the increase in health needs may make the choice inevitable. In their new living environment, seniors may require mental health care in addition to the medical attention they receive for their physical ailments. According to the New York State Department of Health, a number of screening tools must be used to[...]
Is lax regulation leading to nursing home abuse?
Federal and state laws regulate nursing home facilities in New York. So, you should be able to have confidence that your loved one will be protected from harm and treated with respect, giving him or her the ability to maintain their best possible quality of life. However, according to USA Today, a recent audit casts doubt on whether the New York State Department of Health has properly managed the enforcement of the laws meant to protect nursing home[...]
Nursing Home Abuse Needs to Be Reported
With the older generations living longer and longer due to advances in medicine and healthcare, our nursing homes are also getting more populated and necessary. Today, about 1.4 million adults live in nursing homes. With this number higher than ever, it is important to note that many nursing home patients are not receiving the care that they need and deserve. By the year 2050, olderly people aged 65 and older are expected to make up over 20% of[...]