Florida is a place where many elderly people choose to retire with possible current core future transition to a nursing home. Unfortunately, there are abusive people who take advantage of this concentration of vulnerable adults. Florida’s nursing homes and care facilities are a huge benefit to our society, but when abuse happens within these establishments, elderly victims find themselves living in anything but paradise.
How is Elder Abuse Defined?
According to The Nursing Home Abuse Center “the mistreatment of the elderly is defined as engaging in actions that intentionally harm or create a risk of some type of harm to an elderly person by a trusted individual or caregiver.” Because nursing home abuse isn’t talked about very much, it’s important to understand the types of nursing home abuse, as well as the common causes and signs, and the rights that senior citizens have under law.
What Types of Abuse Are Common in Nursing Homes?
Nursing Home Abuse Center identifies the most common types of elder abuse as physical, sexual, emotional, or financial. Unfortunately, abuse often happens in plain sight, and can often be overlooked.
Who Are the Abusers?
The Nursing Home Abuse Center reports that abuse can be caused by a staff member at the facility, or even other residents living there. Caretakers who also abuse alcohol or drugs on a daily basis, or who have an emotional or mental illness, tend to be at a greater risk of being an abuser. Those who feel burdened by caring for an elderly person are also more likely to be abusers.
What are the Telltale Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide, common signs of nursing home abuse include, but are not limited to:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Bruising, cuts or welts
- Bed sores
- Frequent infections
- Signs of Dehydration
- Mood swings and emotional outbursts
- Reclusiveness or refusal to speak
- Refusal to eat or take medications
- Unexplained weight loss
- Poor physical appearance or lack of cleanliness
- Changes in mental status
- Caregivers that do not want the patient to be left alone with others
Keep in mind that these symptoms are not always evidence of elder abuse. However, you and your family should stay on alert for these signs of abuse and report any suspicions to the care facility or speak with an experienced elder law attorney.
What Can You Do for Your Loved Ones?
Did you know? Only about 1 out of every 14 cases of elder abuse ever reach authorities, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center. Protect your loved ones and help change the statistics by sharing this information and contacting an elder law attorney if you suspect abuse or any mistreatment. Have a concern about a loved in the Port St. Lucie area? The Estate, Trust, and Elder Law Firm is here to fight for their rights! Call us at 772-878-7271 or contact us online today!
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1860 S.W. Fountainview Blvd. Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986