When a family member must move into a nursing home, finding a facility that meets all of your needs can be challenging. In addition to the rooms, the food, the entertainment, and other aspects of the physical location, the quality of resident care is a primary consideration. There have been many studies in New York regarding certain factors related to quality of care received during short- and long-term care. Knowing how the facilities that you are considering perform in these specific areas can improve your choice of nursing home. Also, if you or a loved one is receiving care in a nursing home, and you suspect the care received may be substandard, consider the issues in the second section, below, as well.
Quality of care provided by New York nursing homes can be rated on several common factors. The better the rating in each area, the better the care that is likely to be provided. Using these factors as a guide when choosing a facility can help make sure you find one that meets all of your needs. The factors below are relevant to short-term care:
Furthermore, there are additional considerations for residents during long-term stays:
The factors above indicate that, at times, there can be issues with the level of care received. For example, a fall with a major injury could be a sign of substandard care. It makes sense to choose a nursing home that scores higher on the quality scales. The facility can provide this information. Also, there are reports available reviewing the nursing homes which rate them on these factors.
Certain quality of care considerations may be made at the time of choosing a facility, such as bedsores suffered by residents. In other cases, signs of nursing home neglect or abuse may appear after resident care has begun. Listed below are important ways to inquire about the care received in a facility. These indicators identify potential neglect or abuse:
If you suspect neglect or abuse while receiving nursing home care in New York state, you should contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP for a free case evaluation immediately, by phone at (516) 358-6900 . We care about the care you receive.