The average American can expect to live about 30 years longer his or her counterpart did a century ago. Living longer, however, often means that long-term care will be necessary at some point. If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home or other long-term care facility it is crucial that you monitor the care your loved one is receiving to ensure that he or she is not being neglected.
Estimates indicate that by the year 2050 the number of older Americans (those age 65 and older) will outnumber their younger counterparts (those under age 21) for the first time in history. With the elderly population exploding, care of the elderly is now a booming business. Unfortunately, elder abuse is also booming. Abuse of the elderly is a crime in most states, including New York. In addition, negligent care of an elderly individual can form the basis of a personal injury lawsuit. First, however, you must discover the abuse and/or negligence.
A nursing home, as well as everyone working in the facility, owes a duty of care to the residents who live in the facility. That duty of care requires the nursing home to provide the best possible care and to do everything reasonably possible to prevent harm from coming to the residents. If the nursing home, or anyone working there, breaches that duty of care it could be considered negligence.
Common Signs of a Nursing Home Abuse in Queens
Some of the most common signs that a nursing home resident in Queens, New York is being abused or is suffering negligent care include:
- Bed sores
- Unkempt - failing to bathe or clean the patient
- Bruises on wrists or ankles from restraints
- Evidence of falls
- Failing to give medication
- Loss of weight
- Refusing to eat
- Depression or withdrawal
- Isolation/lack of communication
If you have a loved one in a nursing home it is imperative that you "check up" on them on a regular basis. Impromptu visits are a good idea. Show up at different times of the day and on different days of the week so that you can get a feel for what is truly going on at the facility.
Getting Legal Help with Nursing Home Abuse in Queens
If you have a bad feeling about the care your loved one is receiving, consult with an experienced Queens nursing home abuse/negligence attorney right away to determine what legal options you have. SIMON & GILMAN, LLP can assist you in evaluating and informing you of your options.