Nursing Home Neglect in Westchester County

Westchester County in New York State has 48 certified nursing home facilities. Between 2007 and 2015, according to the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, Division of State Government Accountability, there have been 2819 violations cited. If your family member or loved one is a resident in one of these facilities, and you believe that they are being abused or neglected, contact the knowledgeable and skilled nursing home abuse attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP. We have been helping people in Westchester County get justice for their loved ones for many years and we will help you too.

There are three main categories of risk factors for abuse and neglect in nursing home facilities. These are facility-related risk factors, resident-related risk factors and relationship-related risk factors. Facility-related risk factors include: poor staffing, administrative and general cultural and management indifference. Some other risk factors are insufficient staff training, poor staff screening, stress and burn-out among staff, insufficient staff ratio to residents, staff turnover, the history of complaints and deficiencies and the physical environment.

Risk factors involved in the abuse of residents in nursing homes may be the residents themselves. Those residents that are more dependent upon staff for the activities of daily living and their daily needs can be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Residents with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease may be unable to accurately report abuse or neglect or may be confused as to the perpetrators of the abuse. They may be afraid of the staff member and their fear stops them from communicating their distress.

There are risk factors associated with the relationships of the nursing home resident also. Not receiving frequent visits from the outside world and not interacting socially with the other residents in the facility becomes a risk factor for abuse. In other cases, family members may interfere with the appropriate medical treatment or cause conflict with the facility caregivers. Nursing homes should have policies, procedures and protocol in place to handle complaints of abuse and neglect. As a family member of the resident, you should be able to review standard of care documentation whenever you choose.

If you suspect that your loved one or family member is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, contact the experienced and compassionate lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY. You can call us at 877-504-5562 or email [email protected]. Don’t wait to get the justice you and your loved one deserve.

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