The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy one. Even when it's clear that it's best for a family member's well-being, there's naturally sadness and perhaps some guilt when that time comes.
Floridians trust nursing home facilities and their staff to provide the best possible care for their loved ones. In addition to treating any medical issues, this also means giving them the attention, kindness and dignity that we all deserve, no matter our age or mental and physical capacity.
As the elderly population increases, some nursing homes have become overwhelmed. They don't always have enough doctors and nurses to adequately deal with the needs of their residents. They may have too few or poorly-trained staff members. Some, sadly, have no business working in these facilities.
At Freidin Brown, P.A., we know first-hand that these factors can sometimes lead to nursing home abuse and neglect. It's essential to hold facilities legally responsible for their actions and inaction.
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including:
- Fractures from falls
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
Obviously, it's impossible to ensure that your loved one won't be harmed by a staffer or a fellow patient in a nursing home. However, there are more resources than ever to help families do their homework about area facilities before considering them. Medicare.gov has a "Nursing Home Compare" site, which is searchable by zip code or city and state. It provides information on each facilities' health inspection reports, resident assessments and staffing.
Despite your best intentions, however, you may suspect or have evidence that a loved one is being abused or neglected. Unexplained changes in someone's emotional state, mental capacity and of course, physical health should all be red flags requiring further investigation.
If you believe that a loved one has suffered harm in a nursing home, or that he or she died as the result of poor care or abuse, don't wait to take action. At Freidin Brown, PA, we devote extensive time and resources to our nursing home neglect and abuse cases in order to thoroughly research and diligently work to hold the facility accountable, legally and financially.
Our clients pay us no fees until and unless we recover money for them. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.