When a loved one is no longer able to care for themselves, a home health care provider or a long-term care facility may be a solution. It’s important to remember that nursing home abuse is a very real risk. In fact, the National Center on Elder Abuse reports as many as one-third of all nursing home patients will be the victims of abuse or neglect this year. Their experts concede this number may be conservative as well, considering the number of cases that go unreported.
These figures leave many citizens wondering what they should if they suspect their loved one living in a nursing home is suffering abuse or neglect at the hands of care providers. The first thing that should be done in this situation is filing a report with the proper authorities.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health explains the first person who should be contacted is management at the facility where your loved one is staying. You should then reach out to your local advocates for the elderly and disabled. Finally, be sure to contact the Department of Health to launch an investigation into the potential abuse.
If incidents of abuse or neglect are confirmed, it may be wise to speak with a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer regarding you and your loved ones legal rights. At Lundy Law, we have decades of experience in helping victims of abuse and can help answer any questions you may have regarding your situation.
Feel free to get in touch with us anytime by calling 1-800-LUNDY-LAW.