Deciding to move your parent or elderly relative into a nursing home can be difficult for everyone involved. Once you’ve chosen a comfortable, safe living environment with full-time care, and gotten through the stress of the actual move, you probably hoped to breathe easily at last. If instead of being well cared for, however, your relative suffers nursing home abuse, it can be devastating not only for your loved one but also for you.
Nursing home abuse is widely believed to go under-reported, but the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) has nevertheless determined that millions of incidents occur each year. In support of this finding, the NCEA shares four significant statistics:
These statistics reveal that nursing home abuse occurs with alarming frequency.
If you suspect that your elderly loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, you need skilled legal counsel. At the Levin Firm PA, we understand how difficult this is for both of you, and we’re committed to aggressively advocating for your loved one’s rights, dignity, and rightful compensation.
Nursing home abuse (or elder abuse) is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the intentional act or failure to act by a caregiver that either causes a resident harm or causes a resident to be at risk of being harmed. Nursing home abuse is categorized into distinct classifications:
When it comes to your loved one’s well-being and safety, time is obviously critical. If you’re concerned that your relative has been the victim of nursing home abuse, seek experienced legal counsel immediately.
Visiting your aging relative often – but on a varied schedule – and staying in close contact with the nursing home staff and administration is the best method for ensuring that your loved one is well treated and is receiving appropriate care. There are a variety of signs that may signal nursing home abuse that you should be aware of:
Nursing home abuse cases can be extremely upsetting and overwhelming. If you suspect that your loved one has suffered such abuse, you need skilled legal counsel. The elderly among us are some of our most vulnerable citizens, and it may be difficult to accept that they’re sometimes abused by the very people charged with their care. At The Levin Firm in Pennsylvania a, our compassionate nursing home abuse lawyers understand how devastating these cases are. We are committed to fighting for your loved one’s dignity, legal rights, and just compensation. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
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