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Improper Use of Restraints at New York Nursing Home

After spending decades earning a living, raising a family, and tending to others’ needs, we all deserve to spend our senior years in a safe, peaceful, and caring environment. While it’s not always a family’s first choice to place their loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living facility, there may come a time when that relative’s care and monitoring needs go beyond what the family can provide, and a long-term care facility becomes the most loving and humane option. Read on to learn about how using restraints can result in improper use in a nursing home setting.

Nursing home abuse is tragically common

Sadly, even after extensive research on a facility and its reputation for providing competent and loving care, abuse occurs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities every day. Nursing homes are the subject of tens of thousands of complaints of abuse every year, with a startling 1/3 of all nursing homes nationwide having been the subject of a citation for violating laws regarding patient care. One common subject of citations is the improper use of both chemical and physical restraints on patients.

Get justice for an abused elderly relative or loved one

If your loved one has been the victim of the improper use of restraints in a New York nursing home, you may have a right to receive money damages on their behalf through a claim for nursing home abuse. Let the skilled, compassionate, and effective Hudson Valley nursing home abuse lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP help you decide on the best course of action after an incident of improper restraint use.

Improper use of restraints an inhumane tool for control

The use of restraints, whether physical or in the form of chemical sedation, is impermissible in New York state nursing homes unless the individual being restrained poses a threat of harm to self, fellow residents, or members of the nursing home staff. It’s true that old age can bring tragic neurological diseases that change a senior’s personality, causing them to behave erratically or even aggressively. However, even elderly persons who do experience symptoms of dementia or senility are rarely violent. These restraints have nevertheless become commonplace, whether in the form of psychiatric drugs administered to residents without psychiatric conditions, but rather simply for their sedating properties, or in the form of bed rails, mitts, vests, or belts that prevent residents from moving freely. Don’t allow facilities to get away with this barbaric treatment of your loved one. Contact Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP today to get a free consultation on your nursing home abuse claim.

Compassionate and Dedicated Hudson Valley Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse in New York, find out what you can do about it by contacting the compassionate and trial-ready Hudson Valley nursing home abuse lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a no-cost consultation, in Kingston at 845-331-4100, or in our Marlboro office at 845-236-4411.

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