Nursing Home Abuse

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/23/2017)

Approximately two million American senior citizens live in nursing homes or other facilities that offer assisted living and long-term care. Florida alone has an estimated 72,000 residents in long-term care facilities, according to the Florida Health Care Association. The number of Americans requiring long-term is expected to increase to an estimated 12 million by 2020.

Though these elderly Americans may need more help or medical care than Americans who live at home, they still deserve to have the same quality of life as any other person. Unfortunately, many elderly people suffer unnecessary injuries due to nursing home abuse. If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you should contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney for help immediately.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing homes are too often understaffed, and staff members usually work long hours at a stressful job for low wages. Sometimes, nursing home abuse results from an employee not doing their job or losing their temper with a nursing home resident. Other times, the abuse is more calculated, as staff members may choose to take advantage of residents who may be mentally unstable or physically frail.

The following are common forms of nursing home abuse:

  • Neglect– this is the most commonly reported form of nursing home abuse, and may include failing to provide proper medication, nutrition, hygiene, shelter, and more.
  • Physical abuse – may include assaults, wrongful drugging, and use of confinement or restraints, among others.
  • Emotional abuse – may include ridicule, humiliation, threats or other intimidation tactics, harassment, isolation tactics, and more.
  • Sexual abuse  includes unwanted touching, unnecessary undressing, indecent exposure, showing them pornographic materials, and more.
  • Healthcare abuse  this occurs when staff, nurses, or doctors double-bill, overcharge, prescribe unnecessary treatment in order to charge them, failing to provide necessary and/or billed healthcare, over-medicating, and more.
  • Financial abuse – includes forging a signature or check, stealing an elderly person’s identity, trying to get them to donate to a fake charity or invest in a fake business, stealing cash, and more.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

You should always keep a close eye on any loved ones who are residents of nursing home to try to identify any warning signs of nursing home abuse. 

Such signs may include:

  • Unexplained injuries, such as lacerations or bruising
  • Signs of restraint on wrists or legs
  • Sudden shift in mood or change in behavior
  • Poor hygiene, soiled clothes or bed, or other unsanitary conditions
  • Acting unusually fearful, agitated, or withdrawn
  • Unexplained weight loss or hair loss
  • Staff prevents you from visiting with your loved one alone

These are only some examples of signs of nursing home abuse. If you notice anything unusual or worrisome about your loved one, do not be afraid to address it. If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of any type of nursing home abuse, you should immediately report your concerns via the proper channels in the nursing home procedures. 

If your concerns go unaddressed and you believe any abuse may be continuing, you should report your suspicions to the authorities and consider moving your loved one. Finally, you should consult a Florida personal injury attorney who can help your loved one financially recover for any injuries they have suffered. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.

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