Nursing home neglect in Pennsylvania -- another sad incident

A Pennsylvania nursing home is undergoing investigation by local police. Once again, an elderly and dependent resident suffered the type of neglect that should not occur in a civilized and compassionate society. The latest occurrence is the third nursing home neglect incident to bring attention to the facility and follows close on the heels of another which occurred only three months ago and resulted in a resident's death.

The most recent incident took place during the second week of July. Police are investigating a report of either a nurse or a nurse's aide having left a resident in a rec room, then shutting off the lights and leaving the woman alone and in the dark for hours. The local police chief said his department is investigating, but no charges have been filed as of July 20. The police have notified the State Department of Health and Department of Aging.

The previous incident, which occurred in April, involved the death of an 85-year-old female resident who was allegedly pushed to the floor and suffered a head injury during a small fire at the personal care home. A third incident involved the death of a female resident that followed a verbal altercation between her and a 53-year-old male resident. The two residents were left alone and unsupervised by the staff, a lapse which resulted in a charge of involuntary manslaughter being filed against the male resident.

In response to repeated requests for comments regarding the latest incident, the Pennsylvania nursing home issued a statement to the effect that the institution 'addresses all concerns' including 'those that are found to be unsubstantiated' -- the facility claims no further comments are available due to a respect for residents' privacy. Families who suspect that their loved ones are the victims of nursing home neglect and not receiving the type of care they deserve can pursue remedial litigation. Civil remedies are available for those families who feel that their loved one has suffered either neglect or harm while residing in a personal care home.

Source: citizensvoice.com, "Nursing home resident reportedly left in rec room," Tom Ragan, July 20, 2013

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