Nursing Home Abuse
What qualifies as nursing home abuse?
With Florida’s aging population, more of our loved ones now require the care provided by a nursing home or assisted-living facility. While many of these facilities provide excellent care, tragically, some do not. Abuse of the sick and elderly often goes unnoticed because our loved ones may not be physically able to communicate to us that they have been mistreated, or they may be too frightened to do so. Sometimes, abuse is even concealed by the staff in these assisted-living facilities.
Abuse of the sick and elderly is cruel, inexcusable, and will not be tolerated. Your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect.
How would I know if my loved one is being abused or neglected?
In addition to staying involved in your loved one’s plan of care, visiting him or her frequently and at different times of the day is a good first step. If you notice deterioration in your loved one’s hygiene and grooming, or if he or she has developed bedsores or seems malnourished, those could be physical signs that proper care is not being received. If your loved one has had an accident that resulted in a broken bone, severe cuts and bruising or other serious injury, he or she may not be receiving adequate supervision or may be the victim of unnecessary physical restraint and assault. Ensuring that your loved one receives the proper type and amount of medication is also important. Lastly, express your concerns to the doctors and nurses who care for your loved one. Remember - you are your family’s advocate.
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