We all hope that as our loved ones get on in years, they will be able to maintain active and healthy lives, where they can independently, or with our assistance, perform activities of daily life. Unfortunately, it is often the case that health issues make it impossible for persons to care for themselves, even with their family's help. Under those circumstances, it may be required that a person become a resident in a nursing home. In addition, younger people whose conditions are chronic, or who are undergoing long convalescence (e.g., after a stroke, etc.), and can't care for themselves, may need to have care rendered at a nursing home.
While there are many very fine nursing homes, others fail to provide proper and adequate care which comports with the standards established by the State and the nursing home community.
In New Jersey, the State Ombudsman's Office of the Division of Health and Senior Services, is the entity which is assigned to oversee nursing homes and any allegations of neglect of nursing home residents. For more information, call (877)582-6995, or write to the Office of the New Jersey State Ombudsman, P.O. Box 852, Trenton, NJ, 08625 or you may click here to log on to their website: http://www.state.nj.us/ooie/.
On a national level, Ombudsman information may be found at: http://www.ltcombudsman.org.
New Jersey personal injury attorneys and medical staff at Blume Forte have the experience and knowledge to determine if the care rendered at a nursing home was substandard, and if such negligence resulted in an injury for which damages may be recovered. Call us at (973) 635-5400 for an evaluation at no cost to you.
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