Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect In Florida

Sometimes caring for an elderly member of the family proves to be too great a task for the average person. Trying to balance work, children or any of the other complications of daily life can be hard enough without providing the high level of care that an aging parent or grandparent needs. The decision to place a family member in a nursing home or elder care facility is a difficult one, but it can be the only viable option. Unfortunately, nursing home facilities are often overcrowded, understaffed and lacking the resources to safeguard the health and safety of their charges, leading to unfortunate cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, between one and two million American citizens age 65 or older have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by their caregivers.

Florida has a “Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights” that provides extra protections, including the right to right to be free from mental and physical abuse, corporal punishment, extended involuntary seclusion and physical and chemical restraints. It also provides the right to receive adequate and appropriate health care and protective and support services, including social services and mental health services.

Often, elderly or disabled patients may be unable to recognize or communicate the more subtle instances of neglect. Your loved one could be suffering abuses but be unable to tell you about it because of physical or psychological limitations. Therefore, it is vital that family members remain vigilant in observing the care provided. Here are some of the main warning signs that may indicate that your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect from his or her caregivers:

  • Failure to bathe
  • Incorrect body positioning, which can lead to bed sores
  • Improper restraints
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Wight fluctuations, either gains or losses
  • Lack of supervision
  • Wrong dosages of medication
  • Falls

Any one of these signs could point to nursing home abuse and neglect. If these symptoms are affecting someone you love, personal injury law may allow you to recover on your loved one’s behalf. Contacting a Sarasota injury lawyer is the best way to voice your concerns and protect your family member.

Categories: Nursing Home Injuries