According to the 2010 United States Census, Pennsylvania continues to rank among the top states for the percentage of the elderly population. Pennsylvania's population of elderly citizens is about 15.4%, which is above the national average of 13%. This should come as no surprise, as Pennsylvania traditionally ranks high among states in this area.
Although older Pennsylvania residents typically live comfortably and safely in our state, we also have significant reports of elder abuse in the state as well. Whether in a nursing home, residential care facility, or at-home care, elderly PA residents are susceptible to elder abuse. Elder abuse can come in many forms, such as physical, emotional/psychological, financial, and sexual. It is prudent as a close family or friend to keep an eye on an elderly person that is being cared for by another to make sure that the are being treated properly.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving clients in western and central Pennsylvania. He is experience with claims involving older Pennsylvanians, most often in regard to nursing home abuse and negligence, hospital negligence, and slip and fall injuries. For more information on Attorney Stoehr and his law firm, please click here.