When a loved one enters a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is our belief 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 almost 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 the National Center on Elder Abuse, the 2010 Census had recorded the greatest number of people over the age of 65 at 40.3 million. That number is expected to double by 2050. With such an increase in older adults, this could mean that there will be an increase in elder abuse. Although more research is needed, the National Ombudsman Reporting System found that 7.6 percent of the complaints the agency received in 2014 involved abuse, gross neglect, or exploitation at long-term care facilities.
Abuse can fall in 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 NCEA, 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 exploration 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.