Because of the aging population, nursing homes in Clermont, FL and across the nation are seeing an increase in the number of residents living in such facilities. Abuse and neglect have become national news and is a major concern for over two million long-term care patients. Nursing home residents have the legal right to expect respect, due care and protection from verbal, physical, sexual and mental abuse.
There are many signs of nursing home abuse or neglect that loved ones should make note of, including:
- Emotional change in behavior; unusually agitated or withdrawn
- Fractured bones
- Bed sores
- Unsanitary conditions; un-kept living conditions
- Unexplained injuries
- Sedation or heavily medicated
- Frequent illnesses
Prevention of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
If your loved one can no longer live on their own, it is imperative for you to thoroughly investigate a nursing home prior to placing an individual in the facility. Ensure that you meet with the staff, as well as other residents. Check the history of the nursing home and do not ignore any red flags you find. Once you move your loved one into a nursing home, visit often at varied times to ensure they are not suffering abuse or neglect.
Actions to Take if Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Occurs
If you find your loved one has become a victim of abuse or neglect, you need to report the problem immediately to the staff and to National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and the Florida State Department of Health. In addition, you need to contact Oldham & Smith in Clermont, FL to pursue a legal remedy for this type of atrocity. Our attorneys have the expertise you need to recover all the damages you are owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.