5 Signs of Potential New York Nursing Home Abuse You Can’t Ignore

Admitting your loved one to a nursing home takes a certain amount of trust. You may have concluded that your family can no longer provide the level of care that your loved one needs and that it is in his or her best interest to go to a nursing home. However, you want your loved one to stay safe and certainly not to be the victim of abuse or neglect.

You are not alone. In 2009, there were 121,769 nursing home beds available in 640 licensed nursing homes in New York.* More than 90% of those beds were occupied. As the loved one of one of New York's nursing home residents, or the loved one of someone who may need nursing home care in the future, it is important to recognize the signs of potential nursing home abuse so that you can protect your loved one to the greatest extent possible.

5 Signs of Potential New York Nursing Home Abuse

The following may be signs that a nursing home resident has been abused or mistreated:
  • The resident appears withdrawn, fearful, agitated or confused and the resident's condition cannot be explained by his or her medical condition or medications.
  • Nursing home staff refuses to let approved visitors visit during appropriate visiting hours.
  • Nursing home staff insists on being present during visits.
  • There are bedsores, bruises or other marks on a resident.
  • The resident tells you of abuse or neglect.

When to Call a New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

It is important to call a lawyer as soon as you think that nursing home abuse has occurred. An experienced and empathetic New York nursing home abuse attorney at The Pagan Law Firm would be pleased to provide your family with a free consultation. Please call us today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 to learn more about your rights and your potential recovery.

*Source: Health, United States 2010, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Table 117

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