Brooklyn, NY- Becoming the victim of abuse and neglect is a real danger for a Brooklyn nursing home residents, but there are steps a family can take to protect their loved one from being physically, emotionally or sexually abused or neglect. Here our team of nursing home abuse lawyers in New York will discuss three tips you can follow to protect your loved one.
When starting the task of finding a New York nursing home, a family must look at many things, including a facility’s staffing level, that facility’s ratings with state and federal authorities and the number of violations a facility has been cited for in the recent past.
Tip 1: Research the facilities you are considering.
It’s always wise to research any facility you are considering. You should start your research by looking up each facility on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s Nursing Home Compare website. This is an online tool that gives you information about a facility’s staffing levels, results from health inspection; their rate of infections; the amount of one-on-one care each resident receives on a daily basis and a host of other care metrics.
It is also wise for a family to inquire about a facility through the New York Long-term Care Ombudsman’s office. The Long-term Care Ombudsman will be aware if a facility has been cited for deficiencies.
Cross-referencing Nursing Home Compare with New York agencies to help narrow down your choices of Brooklyn nursing home.
Tip 2: Choose a well-staffed facility
Under staffing creates an environment where abuse and neglect can occur unchecked. Without enough staff members, a facility is unable to meet the needs of your loved one and they could face neglect. A slim staff also makes it easier for an abusive person to get away with harming your loved one.
Tip 3: Choose a facility close to a family member.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to a few facilities, you should visit that facility on a few occasions. Go at the busiest time of day, around lunchtime, and see how staff moves and interacts with patients. Also visit an overnight shift to get a feel for how that facility is staffed during the slowest hours.
After you’ve placed your loved one in the right nursing home, your regular visits should continue since nursing home residents who have regular visitors are less likely to be the victims of abuse and neglect.
Sadly, all the steps you take to protect your loved one may not be enough. The minute you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect, USAttorneys urges you to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer right away and see what your next steps should be.
If you live in Brooklyn, we recommend you contact one of the elder law attorneys at the Bongiorno Law Firm. They care about the well-being of their clients and will vigorously fight for the rights of your loved one.