Nursing Home Abuse: Introduction Video (Part 1 of 5)

Date: January 9, 2012

The great majority of Pennsylvania Nursing Homes and other long term care facilities do a great job but resources are limited and sometimes our loved ones do not get the care they need. Today’s video is an introduction by me, Attorney Sean Patrick McDonough. In the past I have provided testimony for Congress regarding the Impact of Predators in Long-Term Care on Small Business Operators and continue to speak publicly about our loved ones and the challenges they face in long term care facilities. The 5 part series will have a new video published each week and is broken down from a presentation I presented on The Evaluation and Preparation of a Nursing Home Abuse Case.

žPennsylvania\’s Aging Population

  • Pennsylvania has almost 2 million citizens over age 65 (2007 Census)
  • By 2020, Pennsylvania\’s 60 and older population is expected to be 25% of the total population — more than 3 million people. By 2020, the number of people age 85 or older is expected to increase 10% to more than 360,000 residents. ( 2007 Census)

žLong-term care statistics

  • Nearly 70 percent of those turning 65 this year eventually will require long-term care in their lifetimes (2006 Congressional Quarterly Report).
  • Approximately 725 Pennsylvania nursing homes with over 89,000 beds (PA Dept. of Health).
  • Nursing homes, on average, are more than 91% occupied (PA Dept. of Health).
  • Nationally, the average annual cost for a private room in a nursing home is $74,806. The average annual cost for a private room in a Pennsylvania nursing home is $77,646. In the greater Philadelphia region, the cost is higher, at $91,954 annually (Genworth Financial 2007 Cost of Care Survey).
  • In Pennsylvania, the typical nursing home resident is more likely to be female, over the age of 85, widowed and have some form of dementia (PA Dept. of Health).
Sean McDonough
Upon graduation from law school, he entered the private practice of law with Dougherty, Leventhal & Price. He has been a partner with the firm since 1993. Over the years, Sean has concentrated his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation; he has also represented governmental entities and officials in federal civil rights and employment lawsuits. Sean also works on many of DLP's Nursing Home Abuse cases.