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6 Safety Tips for Seniors - Fort Myers Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

September 9, 2020 | Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse | Share

A Fort Myers nursing home abuse lawyer says that in-home senior care often involves one or more of the following functions:

  • Personal care
  • Companionship
  • Supervision
  • Laundry
  • Light housekeeping
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Shopping
  • Errands
  • Transportation 

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) reports that abuse can happen to anyone at any age, gender, race, religion, or ethnic or cultural background. Every year, hundreds of thousands of adults older than 60 are neglected, abused, or financially exploited. Often, family members have difficulty checking on their loved ones because they are not in the same location, according to a Fort Myers nursing home abuse lawyer.

NIA says abuse can happen anywhere, including a senior’s own home. Mistreatment can be by health care providers, caregivers, family members, or friends.

Nothing takes the place of in-person reviews of senior care, but when that is not possible, the Florida Council on Aging has some safety tips for long-distance caregiver safety:

  1. Meet your parents’ neighbors and friends. Exchange contact information and ask them to check on your parent when/if appropriate. Ask neighbors to call you if they see mail or newspapers piling up or any unusual activity.
  2. Gather a list of emergency services, eldercare and related contacts in the community - a list of professionals you can call upon to check on a family member should you not be able to connect with neighbors or friends.
  3. Do a safety evaluation of the home. Are the locks on doors and windows in good working order? Know who has access to a spare key. Make sure there is adequate lighting on the outside of the house. Motion detector lights for ‘dark corners’ of the property are often a good idea.
  4. Consider a personal emergency response system. These types of devices can help in a variety of different situations, including home invasion or fire.
  5. Set up a ‘check-in’ time. You can set up a time for your parent to call, text, email or utilize any number of caregiver apps to connect daily.
  6. Families may want to install cameras or motion detectors in the home so family members can check on parents or loved ones at any time of the day. There are a number of smart devices on the market to choose from.

“If you or a loved one has been abused because of the negligence or wrongful act of another, please contact our Fort Myers nursing home abuse lawyer. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our Fort Myers nursing home abuse lawyer provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation,” says Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.


Fort Myers Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer  Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact  Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748

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