As Philadelphia nursing home negligence attorneys, we were disappointed to see that nursing homes across the state are experiencing and expecting financial trouble because of the recession. The Lebanon Daily News reported Jan. 22 that nursing homes in the region are laying off staff members, cutting patient services or even closing. The problem is driven by the bad economy, which has resulted in cuts to Medicare and cuts or lack of growth on the state level. The issue is particularly important because 90% of Pennsylvania’s nursing home patients are part of the Medicaid system.
According to one advocate for the elderly and disabled, Medicaid and Medicare are chronically underfunded in Pennsylvania to begin with. The funding cuts will make this worse, he said, as would the Medicare cuts included in the federal health care bill, if they pass. Homes shouldn’t have trouble providing basic services, but he said they might end up cutting recreation and other quality-of-life services. Local homes told the newspaper that they were renegotiating contracts and looking for ways to cut costs without letting go of staff.
Our Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers hope that’s true. Adequate staffing levels, and low staff turnover, are an essential part of making sure nursing homes are safe and healthy places. When staff members are overworked, skilled nurses are absent or employee churn is high, details and even basic care are more likely to be overlooked. This can lead to serious cases of neglect or abuse at nursing homes, sometimes with tragic results.
Rosenbaum & Associates is proud to represent victims of nursing home negligence and their families. To learn more at a free case evaluation, please contact us through the Internet or call 1-800-7-LEGAL-7 today.