New York Nursing Home Regulations

New York State has developed laws to regulate nursing homes that go far beyond what the federal government has mandated. Most states are aware that nursing home abuses and violations occur all too frequently and the incidence of abuse and negligence is on the rise. If you or a loved one are considering placement in a nursing home facility, it is imperative that you know your rights as they relate to being a resident in a nursing home in New York State. Accordingly, New York has created a document entitled “Your Rights as a Nursing Home Resident in New York State and Nursing Home Responsibilities.” The full document can be found at www.health.ny.gov, and outlines the following rights:

  • You have the right to a comfortable living environment where you can live with respect and dignity.
  • You have the right to quality care without discrimination of any kind.
  • You have the right to make your own decisions about your care and medical treatment.
  • You have the right to protect your money and personal property.
  • You have the right to protected admission, transfer and discharge in the nursing home.
  • You have the right to have private communications with doctors, families and friends.
  • You have the right to participate, or not, in activities of your own choosing.
  • You have the right to access a complaint procedure within the nursing home facility.
  • You have the right to exercise any of the above rights without fear of reprisal or punishment.

New York has a system in place for handling concerns and complaints as they relate to nursing home facilities. There are several ways of reporting complaints, including:

  • Filling out a complaint form online at the State of New York, Dept. of Health
  • Calling the Nursing Home Complaint Dedicated Hotline at 888-201-4563
  • Letting the nursing home staff know so they can submit an Incident Report form through the Health Commerce System.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, the two most important actions to take are removing the individual from the abuse or neglect immediately and contacting an experienced, skilled and knowledgeable attorney, like the lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY, to handle your concerns. We know exactly what to do and can help you get justice for yourself and your loved one. We have been helping our clients for over forty years and we can help you too. Call 877-504-5562 or email [email protected].

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP