What To Do If Your Loved One Has Suffered Senior Care Abuse in Florida
As difficult as it is to understand, elder abuse is a growing problem. Elder or senior care abuse refers to an intentional or negligent act by caregivers that causes harm, or the risk of harm, to a senior. The types of abuse can include, but are not limited to, physical and emotional abuse, sexual and financial abuse, neglect, and abandonment.
Abuse can be delivered physically or by withholding of the necessities of life such as water, food or medication, and basic sanitation. Emotional abuse can take the form of berating or insulting the senior. Caretakers have also been known to steal the assets of the elderly either through fraud or outright theft.
It is difficult to imagine a person who would subject a vulnerable elder to such treatment but it does happen to people of all ethnic backgrounds and social standings.
Part of the problem is that a nursing home is a business. In order to maximize profits, corners are sometimes cut in staffing numbers or by underpaying workers. When a facility is understaffed, needs are not met, medication is not given, hygiene suffers, bed sores worsen, and elders are more likely to suffer a fall.
Underpaying workers sends a clear message from management that they are not respected professionals.
Until 2009, in Florida there was no requirement for a national background check. That year, the Florida Legislature passed a bill to require background checks on staff working with seniors, Florida’s children and the disabled.
The bill was filed after a newspaper report in the Florida Sun Sentinel found that hundreds of day care center and nursing homes were staffed with career criminals and convicted felons.
Being dependant, isolated, and in some cases mentally impaired, makes an individual more vulnerable to abuse. Here is what to look for:
- Bruises or broken bones, cuts or welts
- Over medicated
- Neglected and unsanitary
- Weight loss or gain
- Malnutrition, dehydration
- Sudden Death
In Florida, a Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights in Chapter 400, guarantees residents of nursing homes access to health and legal services and to be free from mental and physical abuse. Residents are supposed to be treated with dignity, including having their privacy respected. They are expected to receive appropriate health care free from physical and chemical restraints.
Contact Our Jacksonville Senior Care Abuse Lawyers
We take elder abuse very seriously at Farah & Farah. If you suspect that someone you love is a victim of senior care abuse, you must speak up and advocate for the elderly. Please contact our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys today to find out if you have a claim.