Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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.

Kaba Law Group, P.L.L.C. / 2015

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