The long term care industry is constantly growing as the Baby Boomer generation ages and requires care for themselves or their elderly parents. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, long term nursing homes housed 1.3 million people throughout the United States. In 2016, there were 15,600 skilled nursing facilities which provided 1.7 million long term nursing facility beds. These numbers continue to climb.
Below you will find important information about how nursing homes are rated and profiled. This information can be critical when looking for the right home for yourself or a loved one:
- How to Find Out if a Nursing Home Has Violations
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Ratings System
- New York State Department of Health Nursing Home Profiles
- How Can a Long Island Nursing Homes Abuse Lawyer Help in Cases of Neglect?
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How to Find Out If a Nursing Home Has Violations
Nursing home care is essential for long term and short term elderly residents throughout Long Island. The long term treatment and assistance with activities of daily living requires a skilled and knowledgeable staff, which can be difficult to find in every skilled nursing facility. Additionally, adequate staff numbers are essential to providing appropriate care.
NY State and Federal Government Data
If you or your loved one is considering long term placement in a nursing home on Long Island, it is wise to review the nursing homes you are considering as thoroughly as possible to find out about violations, citations, corrective actions, inspection reports, and quality of care reported by the federal government or New York State.
To that end, we have created this series which compiles data from federal government and NY state agencies that provide information on ratings and violations in nursing homes on Long Island including:
Coming Soon in the Series:
- Brookhaven Health Care Facility, LLC in Patchogue
- The Hamlet Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center at Nesconset
- Bellhaven Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Brookhaven
- Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Patchogue
- Luxor Nursing and Rehabilitation at Sayville
- Sunrise Manor Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bay Shore
- Momentum at South Bay for Rehabilitation and Nursing in East Islip
- Townhouse Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing in Uniondale
- Hempstead Park Nursing Home
- Nassau Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Hempstead
- Mayfair Care Center in Hempstead
This series includes rating, inspection, and violation data from the following:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Ratings System
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has created a five star quality rating system for nursing homes. Facilities are reviewed on a 1 to 5 star rating scale with a 1 indicating below average and a 5 indicating above average quality. These ratings for nursing homes across the United States can be found on the federal government website at Care Compare on Medicare.gov.
How the CMS Rates Facilities
There is one overall rating for each nursing home and a separate rating for each of the following:
- Health Inspections. This includes the three most recent inspections and investigations due to complaints. The inspection team investigating complaints, facility reported incidents, and any deficiencies cited will determine whether a nursing home has met the minimum quality requirements from Medicaid and Medicare to ensure resident life safety code is adequate. The most recent findings are weighted over prior years.
- Staffing. This rating includes information about nursing and administrative staff and the average number of hours of care that are provided to each nursing home resident. This rating takes into account different levels of care provided by a home. Nursing homes providing care for individuals with more severe needs would be expected to have more nursing staff to ensure adequate resident health.
- Quality Measures. The quality measure (QMs) includes information on how well nursing homes are caring for residents’ physical and clinical needs. This is based on 15 different physical and clinical measures.
CMS also has a helpful guide which can prove useful in your evaluation and comparison of nursing homes.
New York State Department of Health Nursing Home Profiles
The New York State Department of Health also provides nursing home ratings intended to allow patients and their families on Long Island and throughout New York to easily determine the performance of NY nursing homes. They include an overall rating as well as ratings in five domains of care including:
- Preventative care
- Quality of care
- Quality of Life
- Resident Safety
- Resident Status
New York’s site allows you to view nursing homes based upon location, which can aid in finding a facility for a loved one close to home.
New York State Domains of Care
These domains encompass 24 different quality measures. Like the CMS ratings, a 1 star indicates the lowest performance and 5 stars indicates the highest performance.
The overall rating indicates the average performance of the nursing home for all domains of care. The domain ratings indicate the level of performance of the nursing home for all quality measures grouped under that domain of care.
The methodology and data reporting periods for the New York Nursing Home Domain Rating data differs from that of the CMS (United States Government) rating system.
New York Nursing Home Complaint Form
New York State also has a Nursing Home Complaint Form on the Department of Health (DOH) website which allows families to make complaints regarding care directly to the DOH. Families can also contact the DOH directly by calling the Nursing Home Complaint Hotline at 1-888-201-4563.
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How Can a Long Island Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Help in Cases of Neglect?
If you have a loved one who is currently in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, it’s important to be aware of the potential for abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is all too common, and can take many different forms, such as physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation.
There are many Long Island nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities, but not all of them provide high quality care. Poorly trained or inadequate numbers of staff can result in insufficient medical treatment, physical injuries due to neglectful acts, such as insufficient infection control, and a number of other negligent behaviors. Some Long Island facilities may also be inadequately equipped to deal with residents with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, putting them at further risk. A common sign of neglect is seen with skin integrity breakdown, which often results from inadequate care planning and a failure to implement skin protection protocols. The result can be very significant open wounds, also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in any way, it’s crucial to seek legal assistance immediately. The personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP have extensive experience representing nursing home residents and their families, and we’re committed to fighting for their rights. We understand how devastating nursing home abuse can be, and we’re here to help you protect your loved one.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect Cases
If you have family members in a long island nursing home, it is important to be aware of the potential for abuse and neglect. Nursing home abuse can occur in a variety of ways, including:
- Negligent supervision and care
- Negligent hiring and retention of employees
- Negligent maintenance of premises
- Negligent selection or maintenance of equipment
- Breach of contract
- Wrongful death
If you believe that your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a long island nursing home, contact Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP at our regional office for a no cost, no obligation consultation with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer. We can help you understand your legal options and seek full and fair compensation for the pain and suffering your loved one has endured.