Syracuse Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Unfortunately our elderly relatives who reside in nursing homes and other senior living facilities are prone to abuse and neglect. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1 in 6 people over the age of 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse in nursing home settings during the past year. This frightening statistic has increased by 84% since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Our team at the DeMore Law Firm is dedicated to representing the most vulnerable members of your family. If you or a loved one has experienced nursing home abuse or neglect in the Upstate New York, contact our team today for a free consultation and learn what we can do for you.
Common Forms of Elder Abuse:
• Psychological Abuse – Many are unaware that psychological abuse is the most commonly reported form of elder abuse among staff and patrons alike.
• Physical Abuse – Physical abuse is not always obvious to loved ones as older people tend to bruise easily and acquire injuries on their own, so it’s important to know the signs that this may be a result of nursing home abuse. Some may attempt to hide their abuse, and other may not have the mental ability to speak up about it, so it’s important to check in on your loved ones in nursing homes.
• Financial Abuse/Exploitation – Any form of illegal or improper use of a resident’s money, property, or other resources fall under this category. This can be as simple as petty theft, as well as serious misappropriation/misuse, or fraud. A common form of this abuse is seen in fraudulent/stolen checks as a means to steal money from the elderly patrons.
• Nursing Home Neglect – This form of neglect is most commonly seen in the failure or even refusal to provide their resident(s) with the basic life necessities (food, water, shelter, medicine, safety, clean clothing, proper hygiene, adequate comfort, or other agreed-upon services.
• Elderly Sexual Abuse – While it is one of the most heinous forms of elder abuse, it is one of the least common, but it does happen. In 2017, 1.9% of nursing home residents/families reported sexual abuse (according to WHO). This statistic is likely higher as many victims may be afraid or not know how to speak up and in some cases, simply not remember the abuse. According to the CDC, women were 7.6 times more likely to experience this form of nursing home abuse.
I’m a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse
If you are a victim of previous or ongoing nursing home abuse/neglect please contact us when it is safe for you to do so. We will talk with you confidentially and help you with the next steps during this difficult ordeal. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911 and then contact the NYS Department of Health. The Nursing Home Complaint hotline (1-888-201-4563) is available Monday – Friday from 8:30am-4:45pm, voicemails can be left 24/7.
I Think a Loved One is a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse
If you believe a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, don’t hesitate to act.
Here are a few suggestions for next steps depending on their situation and type of abuse:
• If they are in immediate danger of further harm you should work with them to make arrangements to transfer to a different facility.
• Keep detailed notes of the alleged abuse, including the resident’s accounts of what happened and when. It is important to keep photos of any physical evidence such as bruises, poor living conditions, maintenance hazards, etc.
• File a complaint with the NYS Department of Health and they will investigate your complaint. (click here for their website)
• Find an attorney you can trust to be at their side with you. We can help you by investigating, gathering evidence, and identifying the responsible parties involved in your case.