FAQ: My father is in a PA nursing home. He’s been there for 6 months, and he has lost a lot of weight since being there. I am worried about him. When I ask the employees why he has lost so much weight, they say that maybe he is not eating. When I ask my father why he is not eating, he says that he doesn’t get a lot of food and says he doesn’t want to talk about it. I feel that he is being neglected. What can I do?
Answer: I am sorry to hear about your father’s situation. It is possible that he is being neglected at the nursing home. The reality is, 1 out of 3 nursing homes across the United States have been cited for nursing home abuse and neglect. 90% of nursing homes are understaffed, which is one of the main reasons abuse and neglect happen.
It is not uncommon that due to insufficient staffing, nursing home residents’ needs are not being met. For example, if a resident is immobile and needs to be pushed to the cafeteria in a wheel chair, it is possible that the resident is not getting to the cafeteria because he is being neglected.
Here are a few things you can do for your father. First, talk to the nursing home administrator or management about your suspicions that your father is not being fed and neglected. The nursing home administrator should then conduct an investigation.
The second thing you can do is file a report with the local Ombudsman’s office. After you report your suspicions, a state investigation will begin.
In addition, you should talk to a PA nursing home neglect lawyer, either before or after you talk to the nursing home administrator or file a report with the Ombudsman’s office. An experienced PA nursing home abuse lawyer will investigate and gather evidence about your father’s situation. Sometimes, the nursing home administrator’s investigation may drag on, and a lawyer can help make sure a thorough investigation is performed. A lawsuit may be filed if your father is neglected.
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