New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse: Comparing Facilities

How common is nursing home abuse and neglect in New Jersey nursing homes? More prevalent than anyone would like. Signs of elder neglect include decubitus ulcers, resident falls, rapid weight loss, dehydration and unexplained bruises/fractures. If your loved one exhibits any of these signs of abuse, contact your state’s Department of Health and consult with a nursing home abuse attorney.

What is the Best New Jersey Nursing Home?

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New Jersey has 363 nursing home facilities

There is no right answer. Choosing a facility will ultimately depend on the proximity to family members, the connection you make with staff, where the resident prefers to be, etc. Go with a facility you trust. However, when faced with the task of selecting a New Jersey nursing home, you want to make sure it is not a frequently cited facility. This will statistically minimize your loved one’s exposure to nursing home abuse and neglect.

Apples to Apples: Comparing New Jersey Nursing Homes

Thankfully, Medicare has compiled a user friendly website where you can compare different New Jersey nursing home facilities, based on a 5 star rating system. The rating criteria is based on Health Inspections, Staffing, Quality Improvement and an Overall ranking. The Alaris nursing homes are consistently ranked at the top of the list. This does not mean that your family member could not face nursing home abuse at an Alaris facility, it just means that based on state investigations, Alaris facilities are the most compliant with state regulations. Conversely, the lowest three rated New Jersey nursing homes according to Medicare are Cooper River in Pennsauken, Crestwood Manor in Whiting and Elmwood Hills Healthcare in Blackwood, NJ. This does not mean that these New Jersey nursing homes are guilty of nursing home abuse. It merely means that Medicare cited them the most for inspection and state investigation deficiencies. Do not rely solely on Medicare’s New Jersey nursing home watch list when choosing a facility. It is only meant to be used as a guide. There is no replacing actual face-to-face conversations with staff at these facilities.

What do I do if I suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

If you feel that you or a family member has been abused or neglected in a New Jersey nursing facility, you should involve a doctor if there is a medical emergency. Once the resident is stabilized, contact the New Jersey Department of Health and report the elder abuse. After you have spoken with a state official, you should speak with a New Jersey nursing home abuse attorney to investigate a potential nursing home abuse lawsuit.

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