Nursing Home Lawyer for Elizabethtown and Lancaster County, PA
With a population of approximately 17,000 residents, Elizabethtown is located at the northwest corner of Lancaster County. Lancaster, the county seat, has approximately 60,000 residents.
In a recent study conducted by PennLive concerning the condition of nursing homes throughout Pennsylvania, an Elizabethtown nursing home – ManorCare Health Services–Elizabethtown – ranked as being one of the lowest nursing homes in the state of Pennsylvania based upon the number of hours of care provided to residents during 2015.
In the study, PennLive looked at the number of hours of care provided by three different types of care providers – registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nurse assistants (CNAs). These care providers are critical to resident welfare, not only for the care they provide, but also for their ability to see changes in the health of residents. Physicians rely upon such care providers to advise them of changes in the health of residents so that appropriate action and medical attention can be given when needed.
Under law, nursing homes are required to implement a care plan specific to the needs of every resident. The primary duty of RNs, LPNs, and CNAs at nursing homes is to implement the care plan, and to engage in preventive care so that residents do not become injured or develop harmful conditions that are preventable, such as bed sores.
The Results at the Elizabethtown ManorCare Facility
The PennLive research noted that on average, nursing home residents should receive at least 4 hours of care each day from RNs, LPNs, and CNAs. The nursing home that provided the lowest average number of hours of care in the PennLive study was The ManorCare nursing home facility in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. This facility provided an average of only 2.77 hours of care per day.
The ManorCare nursing home in Elizabethtown only performed slightly better than the Pottsville facility, by providing 2.8 to hours of care per day. The average number of hours of care provided by the Elizabethtown ManorCare facility to residents during 2015 by the type of care provider was as follows:
- RNs – .35 hours
- LPNs – .9 hours
- CNAs – 1.56 hours
Compared to the 4+ recommended hours, the Elizabethtown ManorCare facility provided only about 70% of the recommended number of care hours.
We See the Results When Insufficient Care is Provided
As nursing home injury lawyers, we see the results when insufficient care is provided by nursing homes. Falls, bed sores, infections, choking, suffocation, wandering and elopement – these are only some of the results that can occur when insufficient care and attention are provided.
The bottom line is that we entrust the care of our loved ones, often elderly parents and relatives, to nursing homes during their twilight years when they need care the most. When nursing homes betray this trust and injury and even death occur, our firm seeks to hold nursing homes fully accountable.
Not only do we demand justice and fair compensation, we want to send a message to negligent nursing homes, as well as other nursing homes that may not be performing up to standards, that they need to change their performance or they will suffer the financial consequences.
We Offer a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
If a loved one has been injured in a nursing home due to suspected nursing home negligence or abuse, please call us for a free consultation so that we may learn about your case, and so that you can learn about the options available for recovery for your loved one. We accept nursing home abuse and neglect cases on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee for our representation unless we are successful in obtaining compensation.