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Florida Nursing Homes

Nursing homes in Florida are an important option for families who have elderly or disabled loved ones who can no longer be cared for safely at home. Quality nursing homes have experienced and trained staff who can help residents eat, get out of bed, engage in activities, and more. For individuals who cannot easy get dressed, clean up, or care for themselves, nursing homes can be one option for care. Southern Florida has many nursing homes, including:

Choosing a Nursing Home

If you have a loved one who needs additional care and a nursing home is an option, you will want to choose the right setting. Start by speaking with your family doctor about all care options. You may also want to speak with friends and family about experiences they have had with elder care, and you will want to visit a few nursing homes so you can compare them. In general, look for:

  • Clean and updated facilities
  • Residents who are engaged and have options for activities and food
  • Residents who look well cared for
  • Written policies to ensure safety and good health of residents
  • A high staff to resident ratio
  • Few or no citations for safety violations
  • Well-trained and experienced staff
Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence

Families place a lot of trust in nursing homes, but unfortunately in some care settings abuse and negligence does take place. This can involve:

  • Financial abuse
  • Mental and emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse, including punching, kicking, slapping, and other harm
  • Sexual abuse
  • Inadequate grooming and cleaning
  • Inadequate clothing for the weather
  • Overmedication or inappropriate medication
  • Inadequate food and hydration
  • Poot hygiene, leading to bed sores and pests
  • Lack of attention to safety and security
  • Inadequate support to prevent falls
  • Poor engagement or few activities
  • Limited personal attention
  • Lack of adequate medical care

Unfortunately, because those in nursing home settings are already vulnerable, they can suffer greatly due to abuse and negligence. Medical complications can lead to serious and even life-threatening injury and negligence can also hasten cognitive decline or can lead to trauma.

Families can choose nursing homes carefully and visit often to check for any symptoms and signs of neglect and abuse. Families may notice unexplained injuries, for example, weight loss or new symptoms. In these instances, it is important to ask for an investigation and to seek answers.

Where to Get Help If You Suspect Abuse or Negligence

Unfortunately, in cases where nursing home abuse and neglect does happen, owners of these facilities sometimes try to hide wrongdoing. It can be hard for families to get answers. If your loved one has suffered an injury in a nursing home, Flaxman Law Group offers representation for families and those directly affected by nursing home abuse and negligence. You can always contact our team at 866-352-9626. Our phone lines are staffed 24/7. You can also reach us online. Your initial consultation with us is always free and comes with no obligation.

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