Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
Hurricane season officially started on Saturday, June 1 and runs through November 30. After Hurricane Irma in 2017, many Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities were found to be woefully inadequate in providing safe environments for their residents. Many facilities still are not meeting Florida’s mandate for backup power.
An estimated 1 million to 2 million U.S. citizens 65 years of age or older have been mistreated, exploited or injured by a caregiver. Here are some tips from the National Council on Aging on how elder abuse can be prevented.
The Centers for Disease Control says that in nursing home or assisted living facilities that have 100 beds, there are 100 to 200 reported falls every year.
Dementia patients need extra attention when they are in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
The National Council of Aging (NCOA) estimates that nearly 5 million senior citizens are abused each year in the United States. Sixty percent of the time those who abuse seniors are family members.
Give the gift of safety to a resident of a nursing home or assisted living facility. Use a checklist to keep them safe.
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.