Rather obviously, nursing homes’ sole responsibility is to ensure their patients are safe and living in a healthy, positive environment. This requires the basics: clean water, fresh food, clean air, and a staff that is there to help your loved one when he or she needs it. In fact, a responsible staff is perhaps the most important aspect of a good security home. Unfortunately, there are several things nursing homes can do that fail to live up to the standard of care that you expect and that your loved one deserves. For example, when a patient in a nursing home tells staff that he or she needs help using the bathroom, reports pain, or says they need medicine and the staff disregards the patient’s complaints, this is an example of nursing home negligence. Though nobody wants to imagine the people they trust to care for their loved ones are doing just the opposite, the unfortunate reality is that it happens more than most would even like to admit. If you believe your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, please read on and speak with our York County, PA nursing home abuse attorney to learn more.
How can I tell if a nursing home is neglecting my loved one?
There are various signs and symptoms of nursing home neglect and abuse that you should constantly look out for. For example, if you notice your loved one is unusually thin, he or she may be malnourished. You should also always watch out for frequent cuts and bruises, frequent falls, infections, bedsores, verbal abuse or harassment, soiled beds, broken bones, reports of stolen possessions, and more.
Can I report a bad nursing home in Pennsylvania?
To report a bad nursing home, you can call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-800-254-5164. However, if possible, before reaching out, you should take pictures of any potential safety hazards/abuse. If your loved one was injured, take them to a hospital and have their injuries reported. Lastly, if you believe your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect, contact an experienced attorney who is ready to fight for your loved one’s right to a dignified life.
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