Philadelphia How Pennsylvania is Failing Abused Elders
Elder Abuse in Pennsylvania Seniors are often frail, vulnerable, suffering from dementia, and may not be able to defend themselves, so it’s not surprising that they can easily become victims of elder abuse. Elder abuse occurs when someone harms, neglects or exploits an older or care-dependent person. Unfortunately, crimes against the elderly are increasing in Pennsylvania. Caseworkers handled nearly 32,000 calls abou...
Philadelphia Too Many Nursing Homes Misuse Antipsychotic Drugs on Residents
A report released in February revealed that in an average week, more than 179,000 nursing home residents in the United States receive antipsychotic medication, even though they have no diagnoses that would justify the use of those medicines. Most of those people have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, according to the report from Human Rights Watch. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never appro...
Philadelphia Understaffed Nursing Homes Jeopardize Patient Safety
It has been estimated that Pennsylvania has 2.2 million residents age 65 and older, which places the state fourth among all the states for percentage of people in that demographic sector. By 2030, citizens age 60 and older are projected to make up 29 percent of the Keystone State's population and equal approximately four million people. More than 400,000 of those Pennsylvanians will be age 85 and over. Many of these Baby...
Philadelphia Reporting Nursing Home Abuse in Pennsylvania
Our grandparents and parents are getting older. We're getting older. The CDC has reported an all-time high in U.S. life expectancy based on 2012 data – an average of 78.8 years. The life expectancy for females was 81.2 years, while the life expectancy for men was 76.4 years. That number is likely to keep rising due to advances in medical technologies and growing awareness about healthy lifestyles. But what happens when peop...
Entrusting your elderly loved one to the care of a nursing home is always a leap of faith. We depend on nursing homes to provide our family members with around-the-clock supervision and care, giving them a safe place to live out their final years in comfort and dignity. Unfortunately, thousands of elderly residents are neglected and abused by nursing home facilities every year. In fact, one out of every four nursing hom...