A terrifying news report has emerged about a nursing home facility in which 21 nursing home employees, including the nursing home owner, have been charged with elder abuse. Of these 21 individuals suspected of abusing nursing home residents, 11 have been arrested, but the other 10 remain at large. Fortunately, this horrific story of abuse did not happen in New York, but, sadly, it could have. A Congressional report issued in 2012 found that residents will face neglect or abuse in one in three nursing homes.
This is very difficult news for many New Yorkers with loved ones in nursing homes. The decision to put a family member in a nursing home is difficult as it is, and most families only do so when they realize that their loved ones need more care or medical attention than they can provide. Finding out that their loved ones are at risk of neglect or physical abuse can be depressing.
While it is a tragedy when a family member is abused by the staff members hired to care for them, there are legal options that injured residents and their families can undertake. For some, it may mean reporting the nursing home to authorities, for others, however, it may mean filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit. An experienced nursing home neglect and abuse lawyer can work with family members and residents to determine what evidence is necessary to file a successful lawsuit and get the family the compensation they need to move forward.
Another set of statistics found that approximately half of nursing home staff said that they neglected or abused their residents.
Source: Reuters, "Nursing home staff face charges in abuse of elderly patients," July 2, 2013