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If Your Loved One Is Suffering From Nursing Home Neglect, Call An Experienced Attorney

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If Your Loved One Is Suffering From Nursing Home Neglect, Call An Experienced Attorney

In the U.S., over 1.5 million people are living in more than 16,000 nursing homes. Nursing Home Neglect is not a problem in all nursing homes, but does occur. Choosing the right nursing home is a critical decision.

A nursing home resident’s quality of life is enormously impacted by the standards maintained by the nursing home. Everything is affected, from their personal safety to the nutrition and appeal of the food served. The Medicare Nursing Home Compare website has a wealth of information that can aid in the selection of a nursing home.

Talk to the Local Ombudsman

The federal Older Americans Act requires every state to have an ombudsman program. They listen to resident’s complaints and tries to find solutions, as well as being an advocate for improving long-term care. Ombudsmen cannot require a nursing home to take action, but they are authorized to negotiate on behalf of a resident and will work with other agencies with enforcement authority.

After narrowing down the selection of a nursing home to a few possibilities, make an appointment with the local ombudsman and ask their opinion of those facilities. Also, an ombudsman may be able to suggest an alternative solution since they have acquired a wealth of knowledge about local resources. Most regions are short-staffed, so be flexible.

Of course, don’t hesitate to contact an ombudsman if there is a problem your loved one is having as a resident of a nursing home.

What Type of Preventative Care Does the Nursing Home Offer?

Preventative care should be positive, taking action to prevent a health decline, and not simply be a reaction to a developing problem. Are meals nutritious? Does someone encourage residents to eat, since many older people have tiny appetites? Do residents get regular exercise? Are flu and pneumonia vaccinations recommended?

What is offered to keep residents mentally active? Are there regular get-togethers where residents chat and socialize? Do residents participate in games or activities designed to stimulate memory? Does a social worker visit regularly?

The most effective way to prevent Nursing Home Neglect is in the choice of a nursing home. If you believe that your loved one is not being treated fairly by a New York nursing home, contact The Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel. Since 1984, these attorneys have been focused on protecting older Americans from the dangers of abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Call today for a free case review.

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