Many New York nursing homes struggle to provide quality care
When an elderly family member or parent moves into a nursing home, we expect its staff and medical professionals to provide our loved ones with top-quality care. Unfortunately, many nursing homes in New York have a difficult time meeting this very basic expectation.
In fact, according to a recent analysis of federal data by The Coalition for Quality Care (CQC) - an association of long-term care advocacy groups - nearly one-quarter of all New York nursing homes continue to admit new residents despite having repeat health violations for three or more years. Even more alarming, these facilities are still permitted to receive public funds.
In a CQC press release, the group's president Richard Mollot mirrored the frustrations of many when he stated, "Far too many people live in facilities where abuse and neglect continue year after year, with little or no effective intervention by regulators."
Sadly, the situation appears even bleaker in many cities throughout New York, including Albany. For instance, according to the Best Nursing Homes 2015 report compiled by U.S. News & World Report, nearly half of the nursing homes examined in the Albany area received a miserable rating of one or two stars out of a possible five - with only five homes receiving a perfect five-star rating.
Be on the lookout for signs of neglect or abuse
If you are a family member of a nursing home resident - or a resident yourself - you need to be aware that you have rights following instances of nursing home abuse or neglect. Indeed, you may be able to pursue compensation for any injuries caused by the negligent or reckless acts of nursing home staff, including actions related to:
- General neglect, including poor living conditions and dirty bedding
- Physical abuse or neglect, including injuries such as broken bones, bruises or burns
- Medication errors
- Sexual abuse
- Insufficient supervision, especially if it results in a resident wandering off
You need to hold nursing homes accountable when their actions result in otherwise preventable injuries. Oftentimes, it is best to seek professional legal guidance to help protect your rights and well-being.