What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
How to Spot the Signs of Nursing Home AbuseThe signs of nursing home abuse will vary depending on the type of abuse. These are the most commonly reported types and signs they are occurring.
Physical abuseCommon signs of physical abuse include cuts, burns, abrasions, bruises, and fractured or broken bones.
Emotional abuseCommon signs that your loved one suffers emotional abuse include being emotionally upset, withdrawn, agitated, confused, or scared. Emotional abuse can include threats, intimidation, neglect, and isolation.
NeglectFailing to provide medical care, food, water, clothing, shelter, and other essential care is considered neglect. Neglect victims may appear dehydrated or malnourished, have bed sores, or show signs of restraint. Wandering can also be considered neglect if proper supervision is not provided by nursing home employees.
How to Report Nursing Home AbuseReporting nursing home abuse must be done through the proper channels; if no action is taken, you can escalate your claim.
Nursing Home AdministratorSuspected nursing home abuse or neglect should always be reported to the nursing home administrator in writing.
Florida Agency for Healthcare AdministrationIf the nursing home administrator fails to respond or you are dissatisfied with the response, you can file a report with the State of Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration here.
Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman ProgramAccording to its website, “The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) is a statewide, volunteer-based system of local units that act as advocates for residents of long-term care facilities. Through 13 district offices that together cover the entire state, volunteers work with staff to identify, investigate, and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, and continuing care retirement communities.” Read more about the LTCOP here.
Florida Department of Health and Adult Protective ServicesFlorida’s Department of Health investigates complaints and reports involving healthcare practitioners. Complaints may result in administrative action against health care practitioners such as a reprimand, fine, restriction of practice, remedial education, administrative cost, probation, license suspension or license revocation. Follow this link to file a complaint.
West Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse LawyerIf you suspect your loved one is experiencing any form of nursing home abuse, notify the proper authorities and ensure action is taken to protect your loved one. It is also important to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer like the West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyers at Casas Law. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.
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