Every year in the Unites States, thousands of our fellow citizens fall victim to abuse and neglect in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes. While the vast majority of these adults are of advanced age, in recent years instances of neglect and abuse of younger adults who are in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers are on the rise.
Most older adults are in these facilities because they cannot care for themselves, and rely on facility staff for care, supervision, and protection. Unfortunately, many of these facilities are operated by large, for-profit companies that put profits ahead of people, and consequently operate their facilities with the state-minimum staffing levels (or less), all the while recruiting the residents with the greatest needs (the highest government and insurance reimbursement rates, and thus their largest sources of revenue).
Common signs of abuse and neglect include:
If you are required to place a loved one or friend into a nursing home or other care facility, or you require such an admission, consider reviewing the facility’s inspection history, and compare it with other nursing homes in the area through the Medicare.gov web site before choosing the facility.
Our attorneys at Massa Butler Giglione have handled hundreds of elder abuse and neglect cases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. If you suspect that you, a loved one, or friend are the victim of abuse or neglect by a nursing home, assisted living facility, or personal care home, call us at (412) 338-1800, for a free consultation, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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