Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
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Research shows that 2.5 million vulnerable individuals are at a much higher risk for abuse and neglect when residing in nursing homes or assisted living facilities than older people living at home.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are slow to comply with Florida’s generator law. Residents are at risk of being subjected to high temperatures and potential loss of life should electricity be lost.
According to a Naples News article on May 31, 2018, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) repeatedly cited two Consulate Health Care (CHC) nursing homes of putting profits over patients.
According to NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org, understaffing is an issue across the country and the underlying cause of elder abuse and neglect. When understaffing occurs, the staff that is actually at the facility often becomes extremely overworked and stressed which presents a greater risk of frustration and abusive acts.
According to a federal audit released in April 2018 by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the OIG found “…the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration did not always verify nursing homes’ correction of deficiencies identified during surveys in 2015 in accordance with Federal requirements.
We expect nursing homes and assisted living facilities to provide quality care while respecting and dignifying their residents. This is not always the case. Many facilities are inadequately staffed, and do not provide the required level of care to meet residents’ needs even leading to neglect and abuse.
Nursing home and assisted living overdoses happen frequently. They may happen by staff over-prescribing or over-dispensing. A resident may be pain-drug-dependent and be using extra drugs on the side.
November 15, 2017 was the deadline directed by Governor Rick Scott for all assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the state to install generators which would be capable of powering air conditioning systems for 96 hours and have sufficient on-site fuel for their operation.
Florida has the highest percentage of seniors of any state in America, with nearly 20 percent of the state comprised of senior citizens.