Are Elder Abuse Cases Mishandled in Pennsylvania?

February 14th, 2019 by Rieders Travis in Nursing Home Abuse

Senior citizens are one of our most vulnerable populations, so it is not surprising that abuse of the elderly is increasing in Pennsylvania.  Elder abuse occurs when someone harms, neglects or exploits an older or care-dependent person. According to the Department of Aging, caseworkers handled nearly 32,000 calls about potential elder abuse in the 2017-18 fiscal year, up from 18,500 five years earlier. And now, the Office of State Inspector General, an internal Pennsylvania state government watchdog agency, is criticizing how county-level agencies investigate thousands of complaints they receive about elder abuse. The report highlights failures by some county-level agencies to properly investigate complaints under timelines required by state law and inadequate staffing of the state office that monitors those agencies. It also says investigative practices aren’t standardized across counties and criticizes training requirements for caseworkers as far too weak. While Governor Tom Wolf’s administration claims it has begun to address the report’s findings, the chances of an elderly person's being abused or taken advantage of are still real.  Abuse complaints often involve physical abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. If you or an elderly loved one has suffered harm due…

Do Administrative and Nursing Home Complaints Help?

December 1st, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Nursing Home Abuse

PA Nusring Home Abuse Lawyer
No one wants to place a loved one in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, but we do so in the hope that the individual will be cared for compassionately and competently. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It sometimes happens that our loved ones are not cared for properly and, even worse, may be mistreated or abused. If the problem is severe and cannot be resolved by voicing concerns to a supervisor or administrator at the facility, you may need the help of an experienced attorney such as Cliff Rieders at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann. Many people make complaints to local advocacy networks such as the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Ombudsmen, the Department of Health, or even local police authorities. Typically, administrative complaints that complain directly to the nursing home are unavailing. It is useful, however, to let the Department of Health know what is going on. A person must be very careful in what they report, since that can be used against them if a later claim for damages is brought in a court of law. Typically, it is wise to consult with a…