When facing the prospect of putting a parent or loved one into a nursing home, taking steps to ensure that their rights are respected and that they get the care they deserve is a top priority. There are New York State and federal laws that protect nursing home residents. Unfortunately, elderly people are still neglected or even abused by their caretakers. Under current laws, nursing homes are responsible for injuries suffered as a result of a failure to:
- prevent pressure sores, also known as decubitus ulcers;
- provide adequate nutrition and hydration;
- maintain range of motion of patients;
- maintain a resident’s ability to bathe, dress, groom and walk from a bed to a chair;
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- The presence of bedsores
- Poor hygiene
- Skin rashes or tears
- Bruises or contusions
- Unexplained injuries
- Frequent falls
- Refusal to eat or drink
- Depression and withdrawal
Bed sores, or decubitus ulcers, are preventable and can develop into life-threatening medical conditions if not properly cared for. Bed sores can be avoided by properly positioning patients to reduce pressure, friction, and shear on vulnerable body parts and by repositioning patients at appropriate intervals. Keeping patients clean and dry and ensuring they receive sufficient nutrition and hydration to keep tissue healthy and heal wounds is essential. The existence of a bed sore is a red flag that the patient has received substandard care. Non-healing sores, and sores that are not adequately or promptly addressed can lead to amputations and sometimes even death.
At Bonina and Bonina, P.C. we have been successfully fighting for injured nursing home residents for over 50 years. If you or a loved one has been injured by negligence or abuse in a nursing home, we will listen to you, explain your options, and help you decide what action you should take. The consultation is free, so call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 or contact us online to set an appointment. Se habla espanol. Home and hospital visits are available.