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Stealing from Nursing Home Patients: Another Silent Form of Nursing Home Abuse


Stealing from Nursing Home Patients: Another Silent Form of Nursing Home Abuse


So many people have entrusted the care of their elderly loved ones to nursing homes. However, it is a sad truth that many nursing home patients are abused by the workers who are supposed to be taking care of them.  Recent statistics shows that nursing home abuse is not all too uncommon. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 3 nursing home patients are subjected to verbal, physical and sexual abuse.


Many may think of nursing home abuse and neglect as only physical. Probably because it is the easiest to see, but financial abuse and stealing from patients is another form of nursing home abuse in which many patients become victims without anyone finding out.


Recently, the authorities in the New York delivered a sentence of up to four years in a state prison to a home health aide who robbed thousands of dollars from the elderly patients.


The accused aide was found to be victimizing elderly women and stealing from them since July of 2008. It was determined that she swindled an estimated $340,000 from an 84-year-old elderly patient by writing checks from her bank account. She was finally caught when workers at the patient’s bank noticed that there was activity on the account that was usually stable. The bank alerted the authorities about the suspicious activity, and the aide was arrested and received a conviction of second-degree grand larceny, as well as third-degree criminal tax fraud. In this reported case, the aide got caught. Many nursing home care workers are getting away with stealing from elderly nursing home patients every day.


Sadly, this type of nursing home abuse can have grave consequences to the patient. The abused patient can not only face the loss of finances and personal possessions, but they could potentially experience the loss of the care that they require.  Unlike physical abuse, the signs of financial abuse are not as clearly visible. If you do have a family member who is a resident of a nursing home, it is important that you be keenly aware of any signs that may indicate financial neglect. Things to look out for include:


  •  Money being transferred from accounts without explanation
  • Living conditions and care below what the resident can afford
  • Checks that are frequently written out to a particular caregiver or financial institution
  • Missing personal belongings


If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of financial abuse by a staff member of his or her nursing home, seek immediate action. Contact the management staff of the nursing home facility and don't be afraid to arm yourself and your loved one with a nursing home negligence attorney. Contact The Bongiorno Law Firm for a free, confidential consultation if you need assistance please do not hesitate to call us at 516-741-4170.


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The Antipsychotic Drug Surge in Dementia Patients


Nursing Home Abuse: The Antipsychotic Drug Surge in Dementia Patients


In recent years, there has been a surge in the dispensing of antipsychotic drugs to patients with dementia who are living in nursing homes on Long Island. In fact, more than 1 out of every six nursing homes has been found guilty of administering these drugs to dementia patients, despite the fact that these drugs increase the risk of death. The antipsychotic drugs, which are supposed to be used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, have been given a black box warning by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the strongest warning that the FDA gives. It has been found that when these drugs are given to elderly patients with dementia, there is an increased risk of strokes, heart attack and tremors.


Regardless of having knowledge of the harmful and life-threatening effects that come with these drugs, this type of nursing home abuse is running rampant on Long Island.  According to a recent article in Newsday, It is estimated that of the elderly dementia patients who are being cared for in nursing homes, 17.6% of them are receiving these drugs. To make matters worse, these patients have not been diagnosed with the bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, the psychotic disorders that the drugs are meant to treat.


Approximately half of the patients who reside and receive care in nursing homes suffer from dementia. Though dementia and psychotic disorders have common side effects such as violence, agitation, delusions and hallucinations, those who advocate for these patients have long stated that antipsychotic drugs are not effective for dementia patients. These same advocates claim that the staff members of these nursing homes administer these drugs to dementia patients in order to keep them docile and prevent outbursts.


A tremendous amount of research has been conducted to determine the effectiveness of these antipsychotic drugs on dementia patients. The data has clearly shown that the drugs are not effective. It has been proven that these patients are, indeed, being given these medications in order to keep them quiet and to make caring for them easier. However, the impact of the medications can be extremely detrimental to patients. 


Not only does this type of nursing home abuse reduce the patient's quality of life, but these drugs are associated with serious side effects and can even lead to death. To that end, efforts have been made to improve the decision-making concerning medicating nursing home patients. Moreover, to ensure that the patients themselves or their families have complete knowledge of the drugs that are being given, including the potential side effects that are associated with the drugs. If patients are unable to make the decision to take these drugs, their families must be notified and give informed consent before the medications are administered.


These efforts aim to put a stop to nursing home abuse and neglect increase the care and quality of life of dementia patients residing in Long Island nursing homes.


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Attorney advertisement. The results of previous cases with particular facts and law. Therefore The Bongiorno Law Firm does not, cannot and will not make any guarantee, promise or warranty that the outcome of your case will be the same or similar to previous results. Every case is different. Results in prior cases do not guarantee same.