In a recent example of the potential for neglect and abuse in nursing homes, the state has revoked the license of a nursing-home facility in Delaware County after three workers were arrested for allegedly abusing a patient.
Three employees of Quadrangle Sunrise Senior Living Center in Haverford were charged with taunting and physically abusing a 78-year-old resident with dementia after the resident's family turned in video of the abuse taken by a secret camera disguised as a clock in the resident's room.
In addition to the abuse, a report from the Department of Public Welfare detailed several violations at the nursing home, including:
- Failure to conduct proper criminal background checks on aides
- Failure to report claims of abuse and police investigations to the state
- Insufficient fire-safety training for staff members
- Failure to return found valuable objects belonging to patients
Further, the Department of Public Welfare also found that prescribed medications were not given to patients when needed, and prescriptions for other medications two patients received could not be found.
The nursing home's parent company appealed the Department of Public Welfare's license revocation, and until the appeal is resolved, a company spokesman said the daily operations of the nursing home will be closely scrutinized as it continues to operate.
People whose loved ones suffer harm in a nursing home may be able to make a claim against the facility and its employees in a nursing-home lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, potential nursing-home lawsuit claims include:
- Improper administration of medicine
- Unsafe staffing
A family or resident may be awarded monetary damages for injuries, losses and pain and suffering, and a lawsuit can help ensure that proper standards are followed and safeguards are implemented in nursing homes.