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Pennsylvania case of nursing home abuse shocks families

Families in nearby Bucks County learned the hard way that not everyone working in Pennsylvania nursing homes has the best interests of their loved ones in mind. A recent case of apparent nursing home abuse by two care workers may serve as a wake-up call for families who have loved ones in a nursing home. While most elder care facilities are safe and healthy places for loved ones, some people simply are not qualified, adequately trained, or have the necessary backgrounds that warrant being hired to work in such facilities.

In the recent Bucks County case, two workers were seen on a secret camera as they assaulted an Alzheimer's patient. The accused reportedly handled the elderly patient very roughly, and she was seen in tears on the video. The continued mishandling of the patient apparently progressed to episodes that became harder to watch in the recorded videos. After a report was filed and investigation conducted, it was found that the two workers were actually hired before they even completed training mandated by the state. Along with hiring unqualified workers, the particular facility also had a number of inspection violations in the last year.

When an elderly loved one is placed in this kind of facility, the families have to be able to trust in the safety, qualifications, and intent of those who are there to care for the health and wellness of their loved ones. When that trust is breached and harm comes to loved ones, it can be very difficult on families. The patient may have a hard time physically and emotionally recuperating. The family may also suffer from trauma and incur financial hardship due to the incident and removal of the patient. In this case, the family noticed bruises on their loved one and installed the camera after suspecting elder care abuse.

A family's ultimate goal is always to safeguard their loved ones against any kind of nursing home abuse and make their last years comfortable and pleasurable. When trust is misplaced and abuse occurs, patients and their families have rights under Pennsylvania law. Those affected may benefit from gaining a full understanding of the laws regarding personal injury and medical malpractice. Our state civil courts are prepared to hear claims for monetary damages when evidence suggests that negligence has resulted in injury to a nursing home patient.

Source: 6abc.com, "Police: Workers Assaulted Alzheimer's Patient," Walter Perez, Dec. 11, 2012

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