Social Security Disability Insurance provides financial benefits for people in Pittsburgh who are unable to work due to a debilitating injury, illness or disability. For many people, the benefits, while often modest, make a big difference in their ability to make ends meet. One study recently found that for more than 21 million people in the U.S., SSDI benefits keep their finances above poverty level.
Police have arrested two employees of an eastern Pennsylvania nursing home after the family of a resident said they captured hidden camera footage of the employees "manhandling" the resident and tormenting her. In addition to the nursing home abuse charges against the women, authorities have also moved to suspend the license of the facility, which is the Arbors at Buck Run, for "gross incompetence, negligence and misconduct."
Many older people in Pittsburgh have been going to the same doctor for years. They value their doctor's deep knowledge of their medical history, as well as his or her wealth of experience based on decades of medical practice. But just as our reflexes and mental agility may decline as we age, so too can doctors become less competent as they enter their 60s, 70s and beyond. This can leave patients vulnerable to medical malpractice, either due to the doctor's diminished skills or outdated methods.
A disturbing incident at a nursing home about 100 miles northwest of Pittsburgh is still under investigation more than 11 months after it occurred. Authorities believe that a 90-year-old resident at the nursing home was beaten in the head by a nurse's aide, causing a concussion and bleeding. The woman died a month later and her family believes the alleged attack could have hastened her death. So far, the accused nurse's aide has not been charged.