Covid-19 Puts Nursing Home Residents At Risk
As Covid-19 has rapidly progressed around the globe, New York is finally beginning to emerge from the darkness. After months of isolation and strict precautions, Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths are declining. Sadly, as we start to recover, it is not without tremendous loss and concern for the future.
For those with loved ones in nursing homes, this journey has been a particularly difficult one. The vulnerable population of nursing home residents has been hit hard by Covid-19. Numbers estimate that about 40 percent of Covid-19 related deaths in the US have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Nursing Home Safety Measures Isolate Residents
As a safety measure, nursing home residents have been in strict isolation for months. Not only have residents been unable to have visits from family and friends, but they have also been confined to their rooms. Policies are in place to protect nursing home residents from Covid-19. But are they being protected from neglect during this time?
Often, visitors are the ones who ensure their family member is receiving proper care and attention.
How can you do that when you can’t visit? Do you know how your loved one is doing? Is he or she getting the proper care? How is the nursing home handling the Covid-19 crisis?
Surely you are concerned about the health and safety of your loved one. During “normal” times, nursing home residents are already susceptible to a variety of injuries from falling, infections, choking, bedsores, and more. They require supervision, medication, and movement.
When these needs are neglected, serious harm can result. What is it like now?
Nursing Homes Must Keep Residents Safe
Nursing homes have duties to protect their residents and keep them reasonably safe. These responsibilities don’t disappear during a pandemic. They become more important and require a greater sense of commitment and attention to ensure your loved ones remain healthy.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our lawyers are here to hold nursing homes accountable when they neglect and harm their residents. During this pandemic, it is especially important to consider some specific questions:
Is the nursing home providing adequate staff? Is the nursing home sending people to the hospital when necessary? Is the nursing home following guidelines for cleanliness? Is my loved one getting essentials like food, water, medication, and socialization?
Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers to Ensure the Safety of Your Loved One During Covid-19 Pandemic
If you have a loved one in a nursing home and suspect he or she is the victim of neglect or abuse, call Alonso Krangle, LLP today. We are committed to holding nursing homes accountable for mistreating, neglecting, and abusing residents. If your loved one suffers an injury, contracts an illness like Covid-19, or experiences emotional distress because of the actions of the nursing home staff, administration, or others, get help immediately. Call our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at 800-403-6191.