Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
Dealing with Nursing Home Abuse: Highly-Rated Florida Nursing Homes Can Still Have Neglect and Abuse IssuesDecember 7, 2022 | Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
The rates of nursing home neglect and abuse are alarming. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in six individuals age 60 or older has experienced abuse in community settings over the past year, and two-thirds of nursing home staff members admit to committing acts of abuse over this same time period.
Some factors could increase or decrease the risk of perpetuating and/or experiencing elder abuse in nursing home facilities and assisted living centers.
It is critical that seniors report nursing home abuse to someone. That someone could be a close friend or relative. If they are unable to do so, there is assistance for them.
Florida seniors face many issues as they age. To address some of these issues, the State of Florida has a law that seeks to protect the rights of our seniors.
Studies show that one in seven Americans over the age of 70 suffer from dementia. Many seniors with dementia are cared for in nursing homes.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receives more than 100,000 reports annually related to medication errors. The FDA says a medication error is a “preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm.”
As one ages, elder abuse is extremely common, especially in facilities. Statistics show that nearly 5 million seniors are abused every year, and 1 out of 10 American seniors experience some form of abuse.
Senior abuse can happen anywhere and may not be apparent to those around them. Some seniors age 60 and above are more vulnerable than others to abuse.
Florida’s nursing homes are understaffed which jeopardizes our Florida nursing home residents’ safety.
There are federal and state regulations to ensure that nursing homes provide an adequate standard of care.