West Palm Beach Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Serving West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Orlando & throughout Florida
Families put a loved one in a nursing home for various reasons, but one of the main reasons is because an elderly person can no longer care for him or herself or requires around-the-clock 24/7 care.
This is the level and standard of care we expect from a nursing home. So when we hear about cases of nursing home neglect or abuse, we are often shocked and are unsure of what to do…
Florida state law has established specific guidelines on the functions and operations of a nursing home. Nursing home staff members are also expected to follow specific guidelines in terms of providing care to patients. However, this doesn’t mean that there are staff members or nursing homes that don’t breach these guidelines.
Locations, We Are Serving For:
- West Palm Beach, Florida
- Boca Raton, Florida
- Orlando, Florida
How Big of a Problem is Elder Abuse?
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, Administration on Aging, which is affiliated of the Department of Health and Human Services, elder abuse is a huge problem in the United States. The number of cases only grows—and is expected to grow—each year.
Additionally, according to a news report published by ABC News, approximately 30 of nursing homes across the United States were cited for cases of abuse. This means that elder abuse is present at 1 in 3 nursing homes across the country!
Each state has a program designed to detect and respond to signs of elder abuse, however, an overwhelming number of cases still go unreported each year…
What is Considered Nursing Home Neglect?
Some of the most common forms of nursing home abuse include the following:
- Physical abuse or neglect – such as untreated bed sores, injuries, or even preventable accidents, even physical abuse from other residents
- Lack of medical care or attention – such as malnutrition or dehydration and weight loss
- Lack of adequate sanitation and hygiene – such as a lack of bathing, the presence of soiled clothing or linens
- Emotional abuse or neglect – such as a lack of friendly or healthy interaction with other residents or staff
- Environmental neglect – such as physical attributes of an environment that could pose hazards or accidents, including unsafe equipment, slippery floors, or other unsafe furniture
What Are the Common Signs of Nursing Home Neglect?
If you are a visiting loved one or family member to a particular nursing home or other long-term care facility, then you might be concerned if nursing home neglect or abuse is present at your loved one’s facility.
Here are some signs to pay attention to:
- Foul smells or sounds throughout the facility
- Meal preparation or frequency of meal times
- Demeanor or care practices of staff members
- Signs of apparent behavioral changes
- Any possible or sudden signs of weight loss
- A loved one’s personal hygiene or sanitation
- The presence of bruises or other injuries
- Reports of unexplained or even preventable accidents
- The state of a loved one’s room (equipment, furniture, etc.)
Of course no nursing home smells like roses, and a loved one who has been admitted into a nursing home probably isn’t thrilled about it, signs of neglect or abuse are often more apparent and take a greater toll on an individual than simply adjusting to the transition into a facility.
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Why is Nursing Home Abuse a Growing Problem?
Nursing home abuse is a growing concern in the United States today. Why? This is in large part due to “baby boomers” who are approaching retirement and elder age.
According to the 2010 Census, 40 billion adults were at least 65 years of age or older, which is approximately 13% of the population. This number is expected to reach 20% by 2050.
What You Can Do About Nursing Home Neglect
If you suspect that a loved one or family member is the victim of nursing home neglect, then it is in your family’s best interest to contact a West Palm Beach nursing home neglect lawyer to discuss your case.
Contact West Palm Beach Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Today
Contact the law team at Scott J. Sternberg & Associates to discuss your case with us. We will take the time to listen to your case and your concerns, and work to seek a proper settlement for you and your family.
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