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Reporting Nursing Home Abuse in South Florida

Sadly, Florida nursing home abuse and neglect is on the rise. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing facility, or if they or another resident complains of mistreatment, do not hesitate to notify the authorities. It is against the law for anyone to abuse or neglect residents, whether staff, volunteers, family members and guardians or other residents of the nursing home.
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But do you know how to identify or report nursing home abuse? Our Broward nursing home abuse attorneysknow that, armed with the proper knowledge and information, friends and families of nursing home residents can understand the warning signs of abuse and take the necessary actions to stop their loved ones and other residents from being abused or neglected. If a nursing home resident’s rights are violated, the resident or the resident’s family or guardian may bring a claim for damages under Florida law.

Nursing homes get more visitors during the holidays than any other time of the year.

For many elderly or infirm residents, speaking up about abuse and neglect is embarrassing. For others, it is impossible. In the U.S. alone, more than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported. By being able to identify the warning signs of neglect, you may help to protect your loved ones from needless suffering.

Nursing home abuse can come in the form of emotional, mental, sexual or physical abuse. And beyond that there are certain conditions that arise in facilities that might be construed as abuse. Abuse can come in the form of:

-Malnutrition of dehydration

-Pressure ulcers

-Falls

-Weight loss

-Wandering or elopement

-Changes in demeanor

-Poor hygiene

-Broken bones, bruises or cuts

-Over-medication

Healthcare providers have a duty to provide a reasonable level of care. When they fail to do so and their negligence causes you or a loved one harm, you have the right to seek compensation from the nursing home facility.

Most At-Risk for Elder Abuse:

-Older women. Men may be at the same risk, but may be less reported.

-The older a resident is, the more likely they are to experience abuse.

-Those who live with a caregiver or depend on someone for care and assistance.

-Those who are disabled or physically frail.

-Residents who are mentally impaired, disoriented or confused.

Today, Americans are living longer than ever, and assisted-living facilities are excellent options for many senior citizens. However, as Florida’s elderly population continues to swell, facility demands grow, which can lead to a serious impact to quality of care.

If you suspect nursing home abuse in a home of a close friend or family member, you are urged to Call Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). Press 1 to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly or a vulnerable adult. This toll free number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Freeman Injury Law — 1-800-561-7777 for a free appointment to discuss your rights.

More Blog Entries:

Elder Care Negligence in Florida’s Assisted Living Facilities, Florida Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, December 11, 2013

Handwashing Awareness the Flu, and Nursing Home Safety this Holiday Season, Florida Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, December 4, 2013

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