Nursing home neglect involving elderly man results in fine

Nursing homes in Pennsylvania are held to a high standard when caring for elderly patients. For instance, they are expected to provide a safe environment complete with medication, food and other basic necessities. Failure to do this, which some consider nursing home neglect, can cause outrage among the elderly patient's family members and the public at large. Such was the case for one man in a recent out-of-state case, where a 65-year-old man is believed to have been dropped off at an apartment with no food or phone after not being able to pay his nursing home bill.

The incident occurred when a man who was struggling with a blood infection that was life-threatening was left alone without provisions. The man also suffers from diabetes, for which he is dependent on insulin, and also has congestive heart failure. The man was in a nursing home because he was unable to care for himself at his own residence.

The nursing home allegedly dropped the Navy veteran off at a vacant apartment complex that was 20 miles from the nursing home, and he was not given food, phone or medication. Neighbors intervened and the man was rushed to the hospital the next day. The nursing home was fined more than $5,000 due to the incident, which has been described as "gut wrenching" by a spokesperson.

Pennsylvania families that allow their elderly loved ones to stay in a nursing home anticipate that these loved ones will receive around-the-clock care and be treated properly and with the utmost dignity. When it appears that a loved one is not getting proper care and has become the victim of nursing home neglect, that victim and his or her family members reserve the right to file a claim against the nursing home. This may allow the family to experience a sense of justice and to get answers to their questions.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Iowa nursing home 'dumps' ailing veteran without care, Clark Kauffman, Jan. 28, 2014

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