Nursing Home Abuse

The choice to put a love one in a nursing home can be a heart-rending decision for most of us. No one wish to put mom or dad, grandma or grandpa into a care facility. But when failing health dictates that someone needs to care for him or her both day and night, nursing homes may be your only choice.

If you find yourself at this crossroad in life where you need to put a family member in a nursing home, the first thing to consider is that the facility you choose provides them with the best of care. Here are some tips you can employ when checking out the quality of any nursing homes you are considering for your loved ones:

  • Visit the facility. Usually the best time to visit a facility is when they are not expecting you. If you want to see the facility for what it is, and how it actually operates on a day-to-day basis, visit without an appointment and see if they will allow you to walk around and view the facility. If you are denied this request, then your next logical response will be “Why not?”
  • Visit the Medicare website. This is a very informative tool as the site retains information regarding which nursing homes are approved for Medicare. Additionally, there is also basic information about many of the facilities. This site is an tremendous source of impartial information.
  • Ask about resident to staff proportion. This is particularly important, as you need to know how many skilled staffs are working in relation to the number of residents in the facility. Many nursing homes tend to have one nurse working with 30 residents. Clearly, that’s not enough staff to offer quality care for your loved one. Usually, a 1:10 ratio or less is considered more practical and ultimately avoids elder's abuse.
  • Trust your instincts. This is also a very important factor when determining what care facility to put your love one in. Trust your instincts, if you think that a patient at a given facility is not receiving quality care, medical mistakes are occurring, you’re probably right. Remember you want your loved one staying in a place that you feel absolutely comfortable with at all levels.

However, while many of us believe that nursing homes should be a place of rest and peacefulness, statistics show that neglect in nursing homes is on the rise in many of our facilities today. Staff shortages, long hours, low pay, poor training and overcrowding are some of the main reasons hinted at in many nursing home abuse lawsuits.

Nursing home abuse can take many forms; the most widely reported is physical abuse. Some elderly residents have also reported verbal abuse, sexual abuse and restrictions on their rights pertaining to sleeping hours and access to the facilities. Other reported abuse takes the form of being denied food or simply being neglected altogether. While some are put into overcrowded and unhygienic facilities, having to endure unacceptable physical or chemical restraints and general dictatorial treatment by staff members.

We all agree that our elderly family members deserve the best care we can offer and that the nursing home of choice should be providing care and not abuse. The good news is that more and more states are recognizing the problem associated with nursing home errors and as such are enacting legislation to assist in combating the issues.

If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from nursing home abuse there are a few things you must do. Firstly, if you should determine if that person's life maybe in immediate physical danger, if so, then you must call the police and emergency services. If there is no immediate danger then call your local adult protective services. It is imperative that your concerns and suspicions are conveyed to as many people as possible to ensure the issues are addressed.

Your final option can be taking legal action. As we mentioned before, most states are aware of nursing home deaths as a growing problem, resulting in the laws being changed or modified to hold these facilities accountable. Today, now more than ever, you have the legal resources to do something about it. At the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq., we know how to handle nursing home abuse claims. We understand the difficult situation you and your loved one are in and what you are going through.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone poor maintenance and negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for:
  • Medical & Hospitalization Bills
  • Cost of Medication
  • Specialized Testing due to Injury
  • Doctors’ follow-up visits
  • Property Damages
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Future Loss of Earnings
  • Emotional Pain & Suffering
With the help of a dedicated New York Personal Injury Attorney at the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq, we will determine whether your personal injury case has merit.


Our personal injury lawyers’ work on a contingency basis so you only pay a fee if we recover money for you. Contact our experienced Attorneys today at the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq., for a free consultation at 718-839-6885.


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