Frequent questions

Nursing homes’ profit motive

With Federal and State laws mandating levels of care from nursing homes, the question most often raised is: “Why does abuse still exist inside our nursing homes?”. Budgets & profits Unfortunately, many times profits take a higher priority than patient…

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Can a resident be treated differently based on their source ?

If the nursing home is certified, it agrees to treat every resident equally once admitted, regardless of financial source of payment (private pay, Medicaid, Medicare, etc). It must promise its applicants, its residents, along with federal and state governmental entities…

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What’s a plan of care ?

Under the federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, nursing homes are required to develop comprehensive individualized care plans for residents. This is a written plan stating what kinds of services and care a person needs for a specific health-care…

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What rights do nursing home residents have ?

Under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, nursing home residents have many rights, including the right to receive quality care and live in an environment that improves or maintains the quality of each resident’s physical and mental health. Nursing…

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Sexual abuse negligence

This section answers our frequently asked questions regarding sexual abuse in nursing homes. If your question is not listed below, you can check the categories to the left, or scroll down to email your question to us. Are incidents of…

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Nursing home negligence

Mental abuse negligence This section answers our frequently asked questions regarding mental abuse in nursing homes. If your question is not listed below, you can check the categories to the left, or scroll down to email your question to us….

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How long do I have to file a claim ?

The Statute of Limitations for an adult to file a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania is two (2) years from the date of the accident or from the date when you learn you have an injury. For example, if your…

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What’s a plan of care ?

Under the federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, nursing homes are required to develop comprehensive individualized care plans for residents. This is a written plan stating what kinds of services and care a person needs for a specific health-care…

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How prevalent is understaffing in nursing homes ?

Very prevalent. A recent congressional report shows that more than half (54 percent) of American nursing homes are understaffed. Understaffing leads to nursing home neglect and abuse, including increases in bedsores and malnutrition and dehydration . In Pennsylvania, there were…

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What should I look for in a nursing home ?

You should consider a variety of factors, including location and visitor’s policies, the patient-to-staff ratio, the experience and training of staff members, the appearance of the nursing home and the residents, sleeping accommodations, activities, dining facilities and menus, health-care issues,…

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