One of the inevitabilities of human life is that as we age, our bodies start to break down. Everybody is different. Some people at the age of 90 are healthier than others at the age of 70. If you have an elderly loved one who is getting up in age, you will eventually notice that their abilities start to diminish. This could be both mentally or physically, or both.
For some, they could be perfectly healthy physically and able to care for themselves by shopping, cooking, personal care and maintaining their home. But if their mind starts to go, they may forget things such as where they are going, or may forget to turn off the sink or worse, stove. Others may still have all their mental capabilities, but their body starts to break down, leading them vulnerable to falls, injuries or illnesses more likely to affect older folks. No matter the reason, there may come a time that a family decides to move their elderly loved one into a nursing home.
Most nursing homes provide reliable and acceptable care. But throughout the United States, including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it is not uncommon for nursing homes to provide less than acceptable care. This could lead to injuries, illnesses, or even death.
If you believe your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you may want to reach out to a firm familiar with personal injury law to learn how to proceed. The first step should be protecting your family member from future abuse, but you may be able to collect compensation for the nursing home’s neglect or abuse.