When a loved one enters a nursing home or assisted living facility, you believe that the employees will provide the best possible care for your loved one. You expect them to take care of your loved one the way he/she deserves. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
The Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli understand the sensitive nature of these types of cases. For 20 years, we have fought for the rights of the elderly in Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and throughout Pennsylvania. We have taken on the large assisted care facilities and are ready to fight both in and outside the courtroom.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE?
It’s a fact — the United States population is living longer and longer. According to U.S. Census Bureau 2017 Detailed Population Estimates, Pennsylvania’s elderly population has been growing more rapidly than the general population– an increase by 16.3 percent from 2010 to 2017.
With such an increase in older adults, this could mean that there will be an increase in elder abuse. The National Ombudsman Reporting System found that 2,667 complaints of Pennsylvania nursing home abuse occurred in 2018.
When you look at the statistics, it’s astonishing. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans over age 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse.
Abuse can fall into one of these five categories:
- Physical Abuse – This is the most easily recognizable. Physical abuse includes hitting, pushing, slapping, and can result in injury or pain. According to the National Council On Aging, those who have experienced abuse had a 300 percent higher risk of death when compared to those who haven’t.
- Sexual Abuse – Forced or unwanted sexual interaction of any type is a form of sexual abuse. Sexual harassment is also considered abuse.
- Psychological Abuse – Verbal or non-verbal behaviors that can inflict fear, anxiety or any type of mental distress fall in this category, such as name-calling and humiliation. One study found that verbal abuse leads to greater declines in mental health in older women more than physical.
- Financial Abuse – Financial exploitationexploration can cause a huge economic loss for not only the elderly but for businesses as government programs. It costs older Americans $2.6 billion on an annual basis.
CAUSES OF NURSING HOME ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIA
How does abuse occur in assisted living facilities? There can be a number of causes that contribute to abuse or neglect, such as:
- Shortages in staff
- Inadequately trained employees
- Negligent hiring practices by the nursing home
- Inadequately maintained facilities, causing dangerous and hazardous conditions
WARNING SIGNS OF ABUSE
You may have your suspicions that your loved one is a victim of elder abuse while in a nursing home or other assisted living facility. But there are warning signs of abuse you should be mindful of.
- Bruises, broken bones and abrasions
- Withdrawal from things they used to enjoy, changes in mood, or lack of alertness
- Change in their financial situation
- Bedsores, poor hygiene and unusual weight loss
- Threats, and belittling
HOW OUR PENNSYLVANIA NURSING HOME ABUSE LAWYERS CAN HELP
The Pennsylvania nursing home neglect attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have years of experience in handling nursing home neglect cases. We understand the guilt and anger you must feel and the embarrassment your loved one is experiencing. This is why our team of lawyers will work day and night to make sure your voice is heard.
Our Philadelphia elder abuse lawyers will hire experts, examine medical records and witness testimony, and, if necessary, fight inside or outside the courtroom to make sure your loved one gets the justice they deserve.
Time is of the essence. Don’t let your loved one hurt anymore. If you suspect nursing home neglect or abuse, contact the Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation.