Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Professional and Caring Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Your spouse, your parent, or some other close relative needed quality nursing home care. Instead, he or she was mistreated, neglected, injured, or even died. You may need a nursing home abuse attorney in Reading, PA. We also help patients in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, throughout Berks County, and in the eastern PA and central PA region.
If you feel that you have such a case, contact Liever, Hyman & Potter, the leading nursing home abuse attorneys in Reading, PA, as soon as possible. You’ll pay us absolutely nothing — not a cent — until we recover money for you, after which our contingent fee will be based on a percentage of the award or settlement. These details will be clearly defined in the initial agreement to represent you. Unlike most other law firms, our agreement says that you will not have to repay any of the expenses that we may have advanced on your behalf unless we recover money for you. As nursing home neglect lawyers, we fight for your loved ones.
Liever, Hyman & Potter: Helping Those Who Have Suffered Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse attorneys operating in Reading, PA, need to know the law. Revisions have been proposed to federal regulations for participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs that emphasize person-centered care and resident rights. In addition, the new federal regulations increase requirements for care plans and ensure staff competency levels and training with the goal of ensuring quality of care for nursing home residents.
Nursing home neglect lawyers have to be intimately familiar with the challenges that families face. A nursing home is a facility for older adults who do not need hospital care but cannot be cared for at home.
Living at home is a significant challenge for older adults when they require assistance to complete seemingly simple daily activities. A nursing home becomes a real option when the level of care needed cannot be provided at home. In a recent year, over 80,000 Pennsylvanians lived in nursing homes. Of these residents, 88 percent were over the age of 65, and 9.2 percent were over the age of 95. Most of the Pennsylvania nursing home population (68 percent) was female, and racial or ethnic minorities constituted 12.5 percent of the population.
Due to the elderly demographics of the majority population, residents in Pennsylvania nursing homes typically have a significant level of impairment and dependence. In the year 2014, 36 percent had severe cognitive impairment, 69 percent needed assistance with at least four activities of daily living, and 31 percent were incontinent.
Of all billed nursing home days in 2014, the majority were paid through Medicaid (66 percent) and Medicare (13 percent). The remainder were covered by self-pay (15 percent), private insurance (4 percent), Veterans Affairs (1 percent), and other sources (1 percent). 701 nursing home facilities were in operation in Pennsylvania, with one-third located in the commonwealth’s 48 rural counties and the remainder in the 19 urban counties.
Nursing homes provide 24-hour, long-term nursing care and short-term options for older adults following surgery or hospital stay.
Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Moving a loved one into a nursing home is a big life change. Liever, Hyman & Potter, as nursing home abuse attorneys in Reading, PA, are there when things go very wrong. Use these steps to help you choose a nursing home for yourself or a family member:
- Find nursing homes in your area that fit the needs of your loved one.
- Compare the quality of care in prospective nursing homes.
- Review survey results.
- Visit the nursing homes with your checklist.
- Choose the nursing home that best meets your needs.
Speak up, To file a complaint regarding nursing home abuse and/or neglect:
Division of Nursing Care Facilities Director
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Division of Nursing Care Facilities
625 Forster St., Room 526,
Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
Call us now to better understand your rights! Liever, Hyman & Potter, nursing home abuse attorneys in Reading, PA, are always available at 610-370-6682 and 570-794-5017. We also provide professional legal services for those who have suffered a motor vehicle injury, medical malpractice injury, premises & product liability injury, or need a worker’s compensation lawyer. We’re here to help in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, throughout Berks County, and in the eastern PA and central PA region.