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Roughly 5 million elders suffer abuse each year, especially in nursing homes. Over one-third of nursing home staff admitted to witnessing at least one abuse incident during the previous year, while one in ten of them committed an act of physical abuse.
Those who quantify such things rank Florida as third among the 50 states for nursing home quality. Unfortunately, even third place only scores a 3.75 out of 5. Florida ranks sixth among the states for numbers of residents in certified nursing facilities, with a total of 71,162.
Among the larger and more well-known of these facilities are Pines of Sarasota, Benderson Skilled Nursing, Sarasota Memorial Nursing, and Rehabilitation. Sarasota County currently has 32 nursing homes with an average cost below the national median cost. No matter how big or how well known your loved one’s facility might be, the skilled nursing home abuse attorneys at Boohoff will stand with you to resolve your elder loved one’s problem.
Florida law generally discusses vulnerable adults rather than seniors or elders. The term means a person 18 years or older who cannot perform the normal activities of daily living or provide for their own care or protection due to a mental, emotional, long-term physical, developmental disability, or aging.
Elder abuse is an increasing problem in America. The scope is hard to pin down because of under-reporting and inconsistent definitions. In addition, there is currently no nationwide reporting system. As part of an effort to address this problem, the National Center on Elder Abuse defines seven types of elder abuse.
The primary difference between abuse and neglect is intent. Abuse is usually intentional, a deliberate act to harm the older person. On the other hand, neglect fails to act or intentionally disregards the older person’s needs.
Finally, self-neglect is the most controversial form of elder abuse. If the older person is competent and chooses not to act on their own behalf, it is not clear that anyone can override that decision.
Florida law defines elder abuse as any willful or threatened act or omission that causes or is likely to impair the vulnerable adult’s physical, emotional, or mental health. It includes financial exploitation of the older person and threats to withhold treatment, medication, food, or other care.
Florida law also provides obligations and remedies for suspected abuse or neglect.
For example, health care professionals, spiritual healers, nursing home staff, criminal justice personnel, and financial services professionals must report suspected elder abuse or neglect for Florida’s central abuse hotline.
Moreover, vulnerable adults who believe they were the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may file a civil suit against any perpetrator of the abuse and recover compensation.
Approximately one-third of nursing home staff members have admitted to emotional abuse of nursing home residents.
Emotional abuse can include:
Look for signs of these practices whenever you visit your loved ones.
According to a cost of care survey, the average monthly cost of a semi-private room in a Florida nursing home is $8,669. Compared to its neighboring states and the U.S. in general, Florida is among the most expensive options for nursing home care.
The most common forms of financial abuse of the elderly include:
These may form the basis for criminal and civil causes of action.
Yes. Any cause of action that arises anywhere else will be available in the nursing home. Thus, the individual might fall and sue for premises liability for the injuries sustained on the premises. If a staff member attacked the visitor, it might be possible to sue the nursing home for negligent hiring.