When a loved one is in a nursing home, you want that person to be cared for like family. When records aren't kept or bad policies are followed, there's a risk that your loved one could be hurt like in this case.
When your loved one goes into nursing home care, you want him or her to experience only the best. If you're concerned that abuse or neglect is taking place, there are a few things you should look for and identify, so you can give evidence and information to your attorney.
Amidst accusations of patient neglect, Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has found itself in the news. It faces fines in connection with an incident that took place over Memorial Day weekend, and it has also been criticized for an event that led to four staff members being charged with criminal charges.
When you have a complaint about the nursing care your loved one has received, the New York State Department of Health should be notified; it, along with Nursing Homes and ICF/IID Surveillance, are responsible for investigating any complaints that patients or their families have within the state as long as the complaint is about a violation of a state or federal regulation.
According to 2015 statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 15,700 nursing homes throughout the United States which are home to 1.7 million residents. The vast majority of individuals who live in nursing homes are elderly and many suffer from physical and/or cognitive ailments which inhibit their ability to safely live independently.