Did The Nursing Home Look Safe Before You Moved Your Loved One In?

We put our loved ones into nursing homes believing it was in their best interest. That is why it can be devastating for it to come to light that abuse is happening in their new home. Growing older should not have to be painful and degrading. A Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney will stand up for the rights of your loved ones to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.

Nursing homes are intended to be for assisted living, but there are serious and complex legal issues at hand when the contrary is happening.

Nursing Home Residents Have Rights

Sometimes, nursing home attendants take advantage of their elderly patients, knowing they cannot properly care for themselves. Nursing home residents tend to be in a nursing home due to various reasons, such as:

  • Needing help eating, using the bathroom, showering, dressing, walking, or any other physical daily activities
  • They are often forgetful or confused
  • They could put themselves in dangerous situations

Nursing home residents are still entitled to their rights as humans. They need a voice to advocate for them. In Pennsylvania, laws ensure their safety from being abused. The Nursing Home Reform Act states the following:

  • Get proper medical care
  • Be free from restraints
  • Be free from abuse and neglect
  • Be free from discrimination
  • Able to participate in activities
  • Be treated with respect
  • Allowed to make complaints
  • The right to be informed of all the nursing home services and fees
  • Allow you to manage your own money
  • Have the right to privacy
  • The right to spend time with visitors
  • Be provided with social services
  • Have your representatives notified

What Types Of Abuse Occur In A Nursing Home?

Abuse can show up in many forms in a nursing home. The five different types of abuse include:

  • Sexual abuse: Violating a nursing home resident in any unwanted sexual capacity.
  • Financial abuse: Intentional exploitation and manipulation to gain financial control over their patients.
  • Neglect: Intentionally or unintentionally, failing to provide proper care.
  • Psychological abuse: Emotional and verbal abuse of words or actions intended to cause distress and fear.
  • Physical abuse: An intentional act of causing bodily injury or trauma.

According to the World Health Organization, 1 in every 6 nursing home residents is a victim of abuse per year. Unfortunately, many cases do not get reported because the nursing home residents are afraid to tell their families, friends, or authorities about them.

Our Team’s Goal Is To Provide The Best Legal Care For You

We understand your loved one was made afraid to have a voice in the nursing home, but we want to give them back their power over their voice. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, our Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorneys will use their resources and experience to stand up for your loved ones to put an end to their abuse.

No one deserves that kind of treatment. We want the best care for your loved ones. So if your loved ones have been a victim of nursing home abuse, please reach out to us by clicking here or calling us at 267-587-6240.



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