When our elders can no longer live independently and need round-the-clock care, a nursing home facility is often the best option. When you entrust your loved one to the care of a nursing facility, you expect your loved one to be treated with dignity and respect. However, it can be a devastating experience when this does not happen. Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to provide a sufficient level of care to their residents. When a loved one suffers neglect or abuse as a result of their care, family members have a right to pursue legal action.
The rights of nursing home residents
Residents of nursing homes have certain rights as stated in “The Residents Bill of Rights”. They include:
- The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
- The right to quality of care and treatment without discrimination.
- The right to exercise self-determination in making decisions.
- The right to the safe-keeping of money and property.
- The right to privacy in communication.
- The right to participate in activities of their choice.
- The right to a responsive complaint procedure.
- The right to voice grievances without reprisal or discrimination.
Examples of nursing home abuse and neglect
- Withholding fluids or nutrition
- Verbal insults
- Degrading, demeaning or emotionally manipulating residents.
- Slapping, hitting, kicking, choking, etc.
- Any type of sexual contact.
- Neglect of personal hygiene.
- Neglect of medical problems.
- Failing to provide a clean and safe environment.
Signs of abuse in nursing homes
If your loved one is a resident of a nursing home facility, be aware of the following signs of abuse:
- Weight loss and malnutrition.
- Bed sores.
- Unexplained bruises or injuries.
- Withdrawn or unusual behavior.
- Lack of friendly interaction with staff and other residents.
- Bruises around the genitals or breasts.
- Vaginal or anal bleeding.
Seek immediate legal help if you observe some of these in your loved one.
Contact nursing home abuse attorneys
If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY. We help nursing home abuse victims and their families obtain justice and receive financial compensation for their injuries. Call us at 1-877-504-5562 or email at [email protected]