Assisted living is a reality for many citizens who are
seniors and need ongoing medical care. A family doesn’t expect to deal with something like
an abuse or neglect in a certified nursing home or facility.
When families choose a seemingly upstanding and professional nursing home
for their loved one, they never imagine that their mother, father, uncle,
grandmother or grandfather might be facing intentional harm, negligence
or degrading treatment. But
alarming statistics show that 1.6 million residents are facing harm each
year, so we shouldn’t ignore the possibility.
Conservative estimates say that one in every three homes in
the USA will be affected in some way by abuse of an elder relative while
in a nursing home. There are currently around 17,000 registered nursing
home and elder care facilities. The number is expected to rise in the
next thirty years decades. Sadly, as the number of nursing home residents
increases so does the frequency of abuse.
What nursing home abuse is?
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, from negligence, to
withholding meals or liquids, abuses (physical, sexual, emotional),
failure to treat medical conditions, unnecessary restraint and medication
errors. Lack of supervision can cause a resident to become disoriented or
injured. Physical manifestations of abuse or neglect such as dehydration,
scars, or other injuries, provide tangible proof during a court case.
However, cases of general neglect can be the most difficult to prove,
affecting the resident’s emotional well-being. At Kaba Law Group, P.L.L.C.. we will explore all
aspects of the accused nursing care facility to find evidence and hold
the negligent or abusive workers accountable.
In Florida, as in most states of the country, there are
problems with understaffing and, therefore, nursing homes are using
under-trained and unqualified help. Without proper staff, facilities are
at a higher risk of having abuse and neglect.
Not all types of elder abuse are physical and not all
results in visible injuries. The types of abuse and neglect that have
been reported in nursing homes vary from moderate to severe and include
sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, extortion and psychological,
emotional or physical abuse. There are signs of abuse that families
should watch as any injury that cannot be explained, bedsores, unusual
bruises, sexually transmitted disease, not ordinary financial requests
and sudden changes in attitude or appetite. These signs do not always
mean there is nursing home abuse or neglect present, but they are
indicators to watch carefully.
Nursing home abuse in Florida and across the nation is
growing. If you
suspect an elderly is being treated badly, call Kaba Law Group, P.L.L.C.
as soon as possible to put an end to it.