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Elder Neglect from Nursing Home Understaffing

It is never an easy decision to place a parent, grandparent, or other family member into a nursing home or elderly care facility. Many families will care for their loved one for as long as they are able to before making this choice. In a handful of instances, this ends up being the best decision, providing the elderly individual with efficient around-the-clock care and medical treatment from trained professionals while helping them engage in fun activities. But what happens when a nursing home is understaffed, and even worse, deliberately chooses not to hire more staff or allow more nurses to work similar hours in order to save money?

Understaffed nursing homes in Florida may be a consequence of a down economy, but it is a direct result of a nursing home failing to uphold its responsibility of providing a high standard of care to its vulnerable residents. Nursing homes that put profit before the safety and well being of elderly individuals by forcing nurses to work less hours or not hiring additional help do a huge disservice to its residents, their family and the community.

Consequences of Understaffed Nursing Homes

Elderly individuals in nursing homes may have specific medical needs relating to physical and psychological conditions. As one of the most highly populated states in the country, Florida also has a large demographic of elderly citizens. This means that the demand for elderly care is significant; as is the need for nursing homes that are equipped not only with properly trained medical professionals, but a sufficient amount of staff to care for the number of residents at a given facility. Some of the most common consequences of neglect and/or abuse experienced by the elderly due to understaffed Florida nursing facilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Bed sores
  • Drug overdose
  • Broken bones
  • Slip and fall accident injuries
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Exploitation
  • Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
  • Sepsis (blood infection)
  • Death

Many of the above consequences of understaffed Florida nursing homes can be caused by the failure of staff being properly screened before hire, trained, monitored, and managed, allowing staff to do as they please and not adhere to their responsibilities. These tragic incidents can also stem from nurses being overworked, fatigued, and unable to give residents the adequate attention, care, and treatment that they require. All in all, if the ratio between nursing home staff and residents is unbalanced, it will not be possible for residents to receive the attention and care that they need.

With the Baby Boom Generation well into reaching the retirement age, it is expected that more and more individuals will be entering into nursing homes, especially in Florida. With this in mind, the time for understaffed nursing homes to end is now. There is no avoiding the reality that understaffing leads to inadequate care, depriving a well respected individual of their right to live out the rest of their years in as safe, happy, and healthy of ways as possible.

Contact our Jacksonville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

At Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys have been protecting the rights of those injured by another’s negligence for many years. We don’t back down in the face of a challenge, especially when an innocent person’s life has been put in harm’s way through an act of negligence or from an accident that could have been prevented if a person was properly doing their job.

If your loved one suffered injury, illness, or death while living at a nursing home or while at an elderly care facility and you believe negligence or understaffing played a role, our Jacksonville nursing home abuse lawyers can help. Call us today at (904) 263-4610 for a free consultation.

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Note: All cases are based on their own facts, so results will vary. Results are before attorney’s fee, costs, and expenses. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.

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