Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes are intended for individuals who cannot live at home alone because they require medical, physical and/or emotional support care, but not in a full-fledged hospital setting. Nursing homes typically employ skilled nurses and other staff members who are able to provide different types of care, such as occupational and physical therapy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 4 million Americans become new residents in nursing homes annually. Read More…
Federal and state law requires nursing homes to report all allegations of abuse and neglect.
If you have any concerns about the level of care one of your loved ones is receiving in a long-term care facility, please contact a representative at our firm Cooper Schall and Levy on 215-561-3313.
Nursing home residents commonly face serious medical issues such as malnutrition, dental problems, unexplained injuries and poor personal hygiene as a result of neglect and abuse in their care facilities. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that as many as 20% of all nursing home residents experience varying degrees of malnutrition, and the New York Times reported on an “epidemic” of substandard dental care. Studies have indicated this may contribute to the development of potentially lethal medical problems.
Some of the common warning signs that an elderly patient is being abused or neglected by nursing home staff members can include:
Physical issues from lack of nutrition; Unsanitary living conditions; A sudden loss or lack of mobility; The development of bed sores; Changes in mental status; Psychological issues; Becoming prone to developing infections – including sexually transmitted diseases Unexplained injuries like bruises, broken bones or head injuries and: Poor personal hygiene If you suspect that any type of abuse or neglect is present, you should immediately contact a local law enforcement agency and discuss any concerning issues that you witnessed.
Ensuring that the elderly populations in nursing homes and other types of care facilities are well taken care of should be a priority on both state and federal levels. If you have any concerns about the level of care one of your loved ones is receiving in a long-term care facility, please contact a representative at our firm.
Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Cooper Schall and Levy Represent Victims of Nursing Home Abuse. If you or a loved one has experienced nursing home abuse or negligence, please contact our nursing home abuse lawyers in Philadelphia at Cooper Schall and Levy. With offices located in Philadelphia and Drexel Hill, Pa , we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania , New Jersey and Delaware. To schedule a consultation, call us at 215.561.3313 or submit an online inquiry at www.cooperschallandlevy.com.