Staten Island has the smallest population of New York’s five boroughs. Residents frequently refer to their borough’s political status as “the forgotten borough,” because their needs are neglected by city government. As powerless as that might feel for the average resident, imagine how vulnerable a neglected elderly person must feel in a nursing home in Staten Island that holds all the cards for adequate care.
Depression in Nursing Homes
The average number of residents with depressive symptoms within the facilities below were higher than the national average for elderly nursing home residents:
- Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
- Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
- Eger Health Care and Rehabilitation Center
- Golden Gate Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
- New Vanderbilt Rehabilitation and Care Center, Inc.
- Richmond Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Healthcare
- Sea View Hospital, Rehabilitation Center and Home
- Silver Lake Specialized Rehabilitation and Care Center
- Staten Island Care Center
- Verrazano Nursing Home
Only three of the above had lower depression rates than the state average (Richmond, Silver Lake, and Eger).
What’s causing the rampant incidence of depression in Staten Island nursing homes? It’s unknown at the present time. While depressive symptoms are sometimes associated with the aging process, they also frequently serve as a primary indicator of emotional abuse or neglect.
Unfortunately, the process of aging is often used as a cover for deeper issues of wrongdoing. It’s blaming the victim to enable and excuse their own abuse. It’s positively shameful when that happens.
Elderly Abuse and Neglect
If it seems a loved one has undergone a massive change in mood or temperament, some common causes of depression include the following:
- physical abuse
- improper hygiene assistance
- emotional neglect or abuse
- malnutrition and dehydration
Many forms of abuse and neglect can cause an elderly adult to exhibit depressive or other symptoms. Never ignore any unusual sign whether it is psychological or physical.
The most important thing to do when elderly abuse is suspected is to act as fast as possible to make sure evidence is not lost or destroyed. That can easily and quickly happen in the controlled conditions of a nursing home. Experienced professionals such as investigators or attorneys can distinguish aging symptoms from evidence of abuse.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
The attorneys of Banville Law have investigated many instances of elderly abuse and neglect on Staten Island. Well put an end to the mistreatment of your loved one and restore your peace of mind. Our consultations are free, and you’ll never pay for anything unless we’re able to obtain a judgment in your favor.