The nationwide under-reporting of nursing home abuse in the U.S. borders on criminality.
Federal investigators found that more than one-quarter of the 134 cases of nursing home abuse that were uncovered were not reported to the police. The majority of these abuse cases involved sexual assault. Because there are fewer and fewer individuals qualified to care for the elderly in nursing homes, it is becoming more difficult to ensure that the individual safety of residents can be guaranteed. This is increasingly true, with corporations taking over more of the operations at these facilities. In trying to maximize profit, corporations often cut back on qualified staff members and hire people who do not possess a necessary set of skills, but who will accept low salaries. This combination is a ticking time bomb for disaster. Highly qualified and experienced elder abuse attorneys in Pennsylvania are regularly being contacted by family members of elderly nursing home residents who have been harmed.