People who live in nursing homes in the Pittsburgh area frequently rely on the facility's staff to keep track of their medications. Depending on the medications and the residents' level of health and independence, they may need staff members to administrate the drugs as well. This gives nurse's aides and other nursing home employees a serious responsibility to make sure that each resident is getting the right medications at the right time and at the right dosage level.
A Vietnam War veteran from Pennsylvania who says he developed chronic breathing problems in the service that continue to this day is frustrated that he has spent more than 17 years trying to obtain benefits from the Veterans' Administration. He believes the VA is hoping he will pass away before the agency has to finalize the claim.
Most people in Pittsburgh would likely agree that when a nursing home employee discovers and reports signs of abuse or neglect of patients by other staff, he or she should be recognized for his or her honesty and desire to protect the residents. But sometimes, nursing home workers are fired after warning management about abuse as a form of retaliation for possible bad publicity.