Pennsylvania and New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Top Questions

 

Last Updated: July 28, 2016

The following PA and NJ nursing home abuse and neglect frequently asked questions (FAQs) library is brought to you by the injury lawyers at Nenner & Namerow, P.C.  The library includes common questions and top issues family members have regarding PA and NJ nursing home abuse and neglect cases. This FAQ library is for information only and is not a substitute for legal advice.

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PA & NJ Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect FAQs

Steps to Take If You Suspect a Loved One is Neglected or Abused in a PA or NJ Nursing Home

Loved One in Immediate Danger

If your loved one is in immediate danger, you should call the police or 911.  In addition, you may file a police report if your loved one was physically harmed.

Loved One Not in Immediate Danger

If your loved one is not in immediate danger, you should report the suspected abuse to the nursing home administrator.  However, family members may hesitate to take action in such instances because they are afraid their loved one may be treated worse.  For example, an elderly woman who doesn’t get her meals sometimes may not get any of her meals after a report is made.  Family members may also be afraid that if they report to the administrator, their loved one may be asked to leave the nursing home.  If family members do not have the funds to move their loved one to another nursing home facility, their loved one would not receive the 24 hour care they need.  Though these are legitimate fears, nursing homes cannot legally retaliate against residents after a complaint is made.

Where to Report PA Nursing Home Abuse

You can file a report with the local Ombudsman’s office.  Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program protects the rights and quality of life for PA nursing home residents.  Once a report is made, a state investigation will be conducted.

You can call the PA Department of Health’s Nursing Home Hotline – 800-254-5164.  The toll free number is open 24 hours a day.  Callers have the option to leave a voicemail as well.

You can call the Department of the Auditor General to report your suspicions of nursing home abuse or neglect.  Toll Free: 800-922-8477

Where to Report NJ Nursing Home Abuse

You can file a report with the New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly. To file a complaint, call the toll free line at 877-582-6995.  Complaints may also be sent via email to ombudsman@advocate.state.nj.us.

Talk to a PA or NJ Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer

It is best to also talk to an experienced PA or NJ nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer about your loved one’s case.  You want to understand your loved one’s legal rights and take the right steps to ensure you are protecting your loved one’s rights.  Sometimes, investigations may drag on, and it is helpful to have a lawyer on your side to help you through the process.