Seeking long-term care for an aging or ill loved one can be a difficult, but necessary, task and the majority of these decisions are made after much consideration as to which facility will provide the best care. Unfortunately, even the most careful deliberation may not uncover all nursing home abuse allegations. A recent report may help Pennsylvania residents who may be researching options for their own loved ones.
Many families select a nursing home for their older loved ones based on the belief that those family members will be well-cared for by the staff. Nursing home abuse may be the farthest thing from their minds. Pennsylvania families may benefit from learning more about the outcome of one such incident in a neighboring state.
As beloved family members age and start to develop health problems, many family members seek help in taking care of them. Nursing and assisted living facilities are often entrusted to provide this care. However, there are instances when this trust is violated and a resident falls victim to nursing home abuse. Families who have loved ones in these facilities in Pennsylvania may be interested in a report of alleged abuse in one facility.
It is estimated that more than three million seniors live in some type of nursing home in the United States. What many may not know is it is estimated that approximately 16 percent of those seniors will fall victim to nursing home abuse. Pennsylvania families may benefit from learning more about this serious issue before seeking such care for their loved ones.
Those in Pennsylvania who must decide whether to place their loved one in a nursing home often agonize over the decision. Once made, they still have to worry about whether their loved one's needs are being met and that protections from nursing home abuse are provided. In the past, some victims of such abuse may have been denied the opportunity to seek justice in a civil court. Recent changes in federal regulations may help these victims and their families seek justice.
When a loved one becomes ill or injured, most families in Pennsylvania have a desire to provide care for that person. Unfortunately, their medical needs often become more than family members can manage, prompting them to seek out facilities that can take care of their loved one. While it is a difficult decision for many to come to, they put their faith in nursing home staff to provide appropriate care. Unfortunately, some patients ultimately suffer from nursing home neglect and abuse.
When families in Pennsylvania make the decision to place a loved one in an elder care facility, they do so trusting that the facility and its employees will protect the safety and well-being of their family member. Most nursing homes fulfill this responsibility, but in some instances, residents suffer from nursing home abuse, either at the hands of employees at the facility or from other residents as a result of attacks from which employees fail to protect victims. One out-of-state family claims that their loved one died as a result of a sustained attack at the hands of another resident with a history of violence.
Nursing home facilities in Pennsylvania have important responsibilities to their residents. In addition to ensuring that their medical needs are met, the facilities must ensure that staff are truly acting in the best interests of the patients. Unfortunately, an employee of a special care facility in another state now faces criminal charges arising from allegations of nursing home abuse.
Scandalous reports continue to emerge in Pennsylvania and other states regarding the alleged social media abuse perpetrated against patients by unethical nursing home employees. The owners of these institutions are responsible for the actions of their employees or agents performed while acting within the scope of their employment. It is unthinkable and intolerable for institutions to fail to discover and eradicate social media emotional abuse and harassment of helpless elderly patients.
For parents, it is horrifying to see their child experiencing medical emergencies. Many parents in Pennsylvania rush to the hospital and place the care of their child into the hands of medical care professionals. Unfortunately, one out-of-state family claims that medical malpractice turned a scary situation into a lifelong issue after their young son suffered brain damage.