Deciding to put an aging loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision. Care givers in Philadelphia should feel confident when they trust the care of their elderly family member to nursing homes, no harm will come. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse does occur.
A 38-year-old licensed practical nurse was arrested last week on charges of failing to give her patients in a nursing home their medication. Reportedly, on June 6, after the arrested nurse changed shifts, the new nurse noticed that there was medication that should have already been dispensed still in packages, despite there being written record of the medication being dispensed.
An investigation was launched and concluded that the arrested nurse neglected to give five patients their medication and then falsified business records. It remains unknown if any of the patients were injured by not receiving their medication.
In Philadelphia, the root of most nursing home abuse cases is cutting corners by the nursing home to save on costs. Nursing homes are for-profit so they will often be understaffed or improperly train employees to save expenses. According to another nurse that was interviewed at this facility, she worked a 16-hour shift and was the only nurse on duty for 30 patients. Therefore, this facility appears to be severely understaffed.
If a Philadelphia resident has an elderly family member that was abused or neglected in a nursing home, that family member can chose to pursue action through a medical malpractice claim.
Source: PostStar.com, “Former LPN at Pleasant Valley nursing home accused of neglecting patients,” Don Lehman, Aug. 23, 2012