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Neglect and abuse in nursing homes

Families in New York are frequently concerned about the welfare of relatives in nursing homes. While most nursing home facilities provide quality care to their residents, there have been cases in which elderly or disabled residents have been subjected to abuse, sexual assault or neglect. In some cases, abuse and neglect can go on for some time before it is discovered and stopped.

Nursing home oversight changes ahead

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a proposed rule recently that will affect New York nursing homes as the first comprehensive update to national standards since 1991. Over the years, the number of recipients of Medicare who are residing in nursing homes has significantly increased, while 64 percent of nursing home residents are receiving Medicaid, making that program the leading payer of long-term care.

Addressing and preventing elder abuse

New York music fans may be aware of the high-profile elder abuse case involving the survivors of Casey Kasem, who was known for his role as the DJ host of American Top 40. His children alleged that neglect by his wife hastened his death as she moved him from a California convalescent facility to other states. However, officials determined that there was not sufficient evidence to file charges. For those concerned about potential neglect or abuse of elderly family members, familiarity with a caregiver's background and vigilance over time could be important for protecting a loved one. However, dealing with abuse by a family member can be challenging.

Nursing homes must care properly for dementia residents

Nursing homes have a duty to properly care for its residents. Every resident's condition requires a unique set of care standards. Patients who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease often require very specific care that changes as the disease progresses. New York residents might be interested in learning more about these mental health conditions and how they should be cared for.

Resident neglect in New York

A 79-year-old woman of Buffalo, New York was neglected by two of the nursing assistants who worked in the facility where she was living. There was a camera hidden in the room of the elderly woman according to the state attorney general.The aides were accused of not using two people when performing incontinence services for the resident. They were also accused of not using a proper lift when moving the resident from his bed.

Family sues home health care providers for man's death

Partners in Care and Visiting Nurse Service of New York have been sued by the family of a 99-year-old man who fell while in their care. According to the family, a home health care aide failed to help the elderly man as he was attempting to walk and did not dial 911 after he fell and injured himself. As a result of the man's fall, he sustained a head injury and broken ribs before passing away in a nursing home about two months later.

New York nursing home's 2nd death investigated

Medford Multicare Center is under investigation following the second death in its 40-bed ventilator unit. Both women were in their 70s, and both were on ventilators. The state attorney general's office is involved in the investigation.

New York nursing home staff accused of patient neglect sentenced

Seven staff members who were accused of neglecting a patient at a New York healthcare facility called HighPointe on Michigan all pleaded guilty on July 2. According to the report, the seven individuals were charged after a hidden camera placed in the hospital revealed that they were failing to take care of a disabled resident.

NY nursing home watchdog program is underfunded, ineffective

Under the federal Older American Act, every U.S. state is required to establish and maintain a long-term care ombudsman program to act as a watchdog for nursing homes in that state, taking and investigating complaints from residents and families and reporting their findings to the state Health Department. The programs are paid for with a combination of state and federal funds.

New York nursing home accused of neglect

The operators of a New York nursing home are facing multiple criminal and civil charges in connection to the alleged systemic neglect of facility residents. Nine employees were also charged with nursing home neglect, which allegedly resulted in the death of at least one resident.

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