An aging population has led to a larger nursing home population. Nationwide, there are 1.8 million nursing home beds in 17,000 nursing home facilities. Unfortunately, some nursing homes don’t always provide seniors a consistently high level of care. As nursing home negligence attorneys, at the Law Office of Steven Fried we know firsthand that this rising resident population has led to an increase in incidences of nursing home abuse in Manhattan.
Incidents of abuse are rarely reported to the proper authorities because seniors are often unable to understand the care to which they’re entitled. Residents may be reluctant to complain for fear of retaliation or embarrassment, and family and friends of the victim might be unaware of the common warning signs. Nursing home abuse in Manhattan can take many forms, ranging from neglect to physical assault. Nursing home neglect is when a caregiver fails to properly provide for an elderly person, which can include the failure to provide food, supervision, medicine, medical care and treatment, clothing, and shelter. In general, elder neglect can involve many different circumstances that could result in an older adult’s health and safety being put in jeopardy.
No matter what form it takes, nursing home abuse in Manhattan is illegal and needs to be stopped.
Governmental agencies such as the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services help oversee the care and services provided by nursing homes. Both federal and state governments have established uniform standards for nursing homes to ensure the protection and safety of residents. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of these agencies, more than one million nursing home residents are abused in some manner every year. If you have an elderly loved one who has shown signs or symptoms of neglect or abuse, it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.
The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C.
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New York, NY 10017