When we must place a loved one in the care of a nursing home, we must rely on the facility to protect the physical safety of the resident from a wide range of potential hazards. Falls are one of the most common risks to a resident's safety in these environments.
According to a new study by the National Safety Council, cellphone use may be responsible for more car crash fatalities than previously thought in New York and nationwide. The council recently reviewed the records of 180 fatal car accidents from 2009 to 2011 in which it was highly probable that the driver was using a cellphone at the time of the accident. Only half of the 2011 car accidents were coded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as being cellphone related.
Entrusting the care of an elderly family member to others can be a difficult decision to make, fraught with concern about their continued well-being. In many cases, however, relatives have little choice but to move their loved one into a nursing home in order to ensure he or she receives the care required. In every situation, those making the difficult decision must rely on the facility and its staff members to provide appropriate medical treatment and take care of the daily needs of their loved one.
Nine nursing assistants and eight nurses appeared in a New York court on April 25 to face charges in one of the largest nursing home neglect cases in recent memory. The 17 former nursing home employees allegedly ignored their duties and failed to meet the documented medical needs of a 56-year-old resident with a serious neurological disease. The neglect was captured on video by the New York Attorney General's Office as part of a month long investigation.
A new report found that fewer complaints regarding poor care in nursing homes are being investigated in New York.
When you make the difficult decision to entrust the care of your loved one to a nursing home, it is understandable that you would subsequently be concerned about the quality of care. Unfortunately, New York long-term care facilities have not had the best track record. To make matters worse, a recent report revealed that complaints about nursing homes often are not addressed appropriately in New York.