Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
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.
It is never an easy decision when loved ones need to move to a nursing home. The standards may vary dramatically, so if you are armed with the right research tools and information, you will have a better probability of finding just the right place that treats its residents respectfully and allows them to live healthy and vibrant lives.
Hurricane Irma brought to light dangers in our nursing home and assisted living facilities. Eleven seniors died at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills; others remain in the hospital. Hospital workers reported that the seniors “were left in sweltering heat.”
A critical protection for the elderly, according to Fair Arbitration Now Coalition (FANC), a group of more than 75 consumer, health and advocacy groups, is being stripped by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).
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.