It appears that many Pennsylvania nursing homes have gone out of business or have been sold in the past few years. Recently, a Montgomery County nursing home was sold for $41 million to a large, regional healthcare agency. Prior to this purchase, the nursing home had recently been run by the county, which had been cited in recent years as being a significant financial drain. Many counties in Pennsylvania used to run their own nursing homes, but the trend has shifted towards selling their facilities to outside organizations. As a part of this particular buyout, the new health care group agreed to keep all current employees who wished to stay at their current salary and seniority levels.
If you or a loved one are in a nursing home that is in the middle of being purchased by another organization, you should take care to be aware of any changes in staffing or policies that might affect the care that your family member receives. Improper care could also lead to elder abuse or neglect, which is a growing problem among Pennsylvania’s aging population. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer who takes nursing home abuse and neglect cases in the western and central Pennsylvania areas. He takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties, and his practice is based in Altoona, PA. For more information on his firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.
Pennsylvania has set up a statewide elder abuse hotline, which can be accessed by calling this number: 1-800-490-8505. The hotline is open 24 hours a day and can be used a tipline to report activity related to abuse, neglect, exploitation, identity theft, or abandonment of an elderly PA resident. Pennsylvania also has local Area Agencies on Aging that can assist in these situations.