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Nursing Home Abuse

The Florida legislature enacted legislation (Florida Statutes, Chapter 400) that specifically provides for the development, establishment and enforcement of basic standards for the health, care, and treatment of persons in nursing homes and related health care facilities. Florida law requires that residents receive the necessary care and services that will enable them to reach and maintain their highest practicable level of physical, mental and social well-being. In addition, civil rights law mandates equal access in all nursing homes regardless of race, color or national origin. If you have a concern about mistreatment, malpractice or abuse in a nursing home or adult congregate living facility (ACLF) that you feel amounts to criminal abuse of the elderly, you can contact Florida Department of Children and Families (1-800-96-ABUSE — 1-800-962-2873), Agency for Health Care Administration (561-840-0156) the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Council (561-837-5038) or even the local police. The Agency for Health Care Administration also investigates regulatory complaints against nursing homes. All complaints are kept strictly confidential. It’s the law. However, none of these agencies can obtain a monetary award for a resident who has suffered neglect or abuse. Many times a lawsuit must be filed to protect the resident’s rights and to obtain compensation for the physical or mental pain and suffering and/or wrongful death.

  • Falls and fractures
  • Physical or chemical restraints
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Improper, wrong or over medication
  • Bed sores
  • Lack of supervision
  • Physical abuse or unexplained injury
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Theft of money and personal property
  • Unexpected or wrongful death
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Untrained or insufficient staff
  • Over-sedation or Abandonment
  • Substandard medical care
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Defective equipment
  • Sexual assault
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