Without proper attention, those who live in nursing homes may suffer the consequences of poor personal hygiene, bedsores, problems with medication, and many other issues.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 21, 2012
The federal government has recently begun rating nursing homes throughout the country on the quality of care they provide to patients. The rating system awards five stars to those nursing homes with the best care available, and one star to those with the worst. Currently, Medicare.gov, the government website that compiles this information, ranks 149 out of Pennsylvania’s 710 nursing care facilities with only one star. Worse, statewide Medicaid cuts which are soon to go into effect are likely to worsen the quality of care available at nursing home facilities.
These issues are especially problematic because of the potential for nursing home abuse at facilities with poor standards of care. Aside from the overt abuse which may occur at the hands of unscrupulous nursing home employees without adequate supervision, such as emotional mistreatment, physical abuse, or even sexual abuse, poor standards of care greatly increase the likelihood that nursing home residents will suffer from neglect. Without proper attention, those who live in nursing homes may suffer the consequences of poor personal hygiene, bedsores, problems with medication, and many other issues.
There are a number of common signs of neglect and abuse that those with loved ones in a nursing home should be aware of. Some of the most common signs of abuse include unexplained injuries, abrupt behavioral changes, and emotional withdrawal. Common signs of neglect include the development of bedsores, significant weight loss, and lack of appropriate medication.
Placing an elderly family member in a nursing home is already a difficult decision for most people. They shouldn’t also have to worry about the possibility that their loved one is suffering from the effects of neglect or abuse at the hands of nursing home staff. The Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are prepared to represent the victims and family members of those who have suffered nursing home abuse and help them take legal action against abusive nursing home workers and facilities.
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The Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are experienced personal injury attorneys with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. If you or someone you love has been a victim of nursing home abuse, our team of dedicated attorneys can help. Contact us today at 215-238-1130.