According to the Population Reference Bureau, the total number of Americans age 65 or older will more than double by the year 2060. This is due in part to advances in health and extended life expectancy. With this aging population comes evolving needs and added care. As a result, we may need to entrust our loved one to a nursing home or assisted living facility. While many provide an exceptional level of care, there has been a growing incidence of nursing home abuse.
So, what can you do? First, when selecting a nursing home for your loved one, it’s important to know their guaranteed rights under Florida Law. As an assisted living facility resident, your relative is guaranteed to the following:
- The right to manage their own care, or the right to have an appointed loved one direct their care
- The right to a clean and safe environment
- The right to receive proper medical care
- The right to be free of chemical and physical restraints
Next, remain vigilant and watchful over your loved one when they are in someone else’s care. Speak to your loved one regularly about the care that they are receiving, and watch for warning signs of physical abuse. Physical abuse can have life-impacting consequences. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, elderly adults who experienced event modest abuse had a 300% greater risk of death than those who hadn’t been abused.
Finally, if you suspect that your loved one may be subject to nursing home abuse follow these immediate recommended steps from Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, Tampa personal injury attorney Marcus Fernandez.
- Take photographs and make notes of the suspected abuse
- Report the incident to management
- Notify law enforcement authorities
- Most importantly, contact a Tampa personal injury attorney who will help preserve evidence and protect your rights
“What to do if you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse” Vlog Transcript
“Nursing homes are places where we want our loved ones to feel safe and comfortable. To have clean bedding, clean water, have a comfortable temperature and be treated with respect and dignity. If you suspect any type of nursing home abuse, whether it be physical abuse, sexual misconduct, neglect, or psychological abuse, take note of it and do what you can to preserve whatever evidence possible. Notify the nursing home supervisor, contact law enforcement, and contact a personal injury lawyer. If you have any questions or concerns regarding nursing home abuse, contact us at www.kfblaw.com. Thank you.”