Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
Elder abuse happens all too often. During Elder Abuse Month, June 2017, we would like to remind everyone about the signs of elder abuse and what can be done about it.
Fox News reported in March 2017 that more than 20,000 people living in U.S. nursing homes experienced serious injuries to the face in 2016.
Nursing home neglect and abuse is unfortunately common, and situations can vary quite substantially in terms of how the neglect and abuse are expressed — though abuse that is physical in-nature can be easier to identify, it is important to note that both emotional and financial abuse are common, too. If you or a loved one has suffered from nursing home neglect or abuse, speak with a qualified Florida attorney as soon as possible in order to assess the potential of the nursing home abuse...
Seniors and those requiring special care have guaranteed rights in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Although there are many very good facilities, unfortunately there are those which have had cases of neglect and/or abuse.
Nursing home negligence and abuse comes in many forms, including allowing a resident to conduct a behavior which should be considered dangerous in the resident’s condition.
The CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) instituted its final rule in September 2016 prohibiting nursing homes and long-term care facilities, accepting Medicare and Medicaid, from using mandatory pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements with their residents. This rule becomes effective November 28, 2016.
Each year more than 2 million Americans fall victim to some form of elder and/or adult abuse, which includes neglect and exploitation, according to the American Psychological Association (APA).
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that 36 percent of the nation’s nursing homes have been in violation of the elderly abuse laws.
The screening of caregivers, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, is important not only for the elderly but also for anyone needing special care. Nursing home abuse in Florida is a serious problem.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for the disability of an estimated 5.3 million Americans with the highest rate of injury occurring between the ages of 15 and 24. Those under the age of 5 and over the age of 75 are also at high risk, according to the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA).