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Homestead Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home and elder abuse in Homestead and Florida is a serious concern, especially as the population of the state rapidly ages. Elder abuse and nursing home abuse can include sexual assault, emotional abuse, financial abuse, physical abuse and assault, and other forms of abuse. All of these can result not only emotional trauma but can be physically dangerous for frail elderly patients and residents.

If you suspect that abuse is taking place in a nursing home or elder care facility, your first priority is to keep your elderly loved one safe. Abuse is a criminal matter and you may want to alert authorities as well as the nursing home to indicate that abuse is taking place. You also want to consult with a personal injury attorney in order to get legal advice about your situation. You can always reach the compassionate and experienced attorneys at Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free consultation.

Nursing Home Abuse

In nursing homes, abuse can be perpetrated by other residents, visitors, or by caregivers and staff. Nursing home abuse can involve physical violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other forms of abuse. In many cases, this type of abuse is caused by:

  • Understaffing
  • Poor training and staffing choices
  • Lack of screening for residents
  • Inadequate security
  • Lack of clear policies for preventing abuse
  • Inadequate supervision of potentially dangerous residents

There is no excuse for abuse in a nursing home setting. If you suspect that abuse is taking place, it is essential to take steps to protect your loved one right away.

Elder Abuse

Nursing homes are not the only place where elderly loved ones may suffer abuse. Elder abuse can happen in just about every setting, and is unfortunately quite common in the home care or family care setting. The pressures of caring for an elderly loved one or an ill family member can often be overwhelming and family members may end up lashing out by taking financial advantage of a family member or by physically assaulting a charge or otherwise injuring them.

Elder abuse can be hard to spot, especially if the perpetrator is a family member. A loved one may be unwilling to indicate that abuse is taking place or may be too ashamed of the situation to seek help. Often, it is other family members who may see symptoms of abuse, including:

  • Bruises
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Scarring or skin abrasions
  • A sudden lack of funds or assets
  • Sexually-transmitted diseases
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Weight loss
  • Behavioral changes or personality changes

Do you suspect that an elderly loved one is being abused? Often, it can be difficult to accept that someone you care about has been the victim. If you would like information and advice about how Florida laws may protect you and your family and how you can get your family member to a safe environment, contact Flaxman Law Group in order to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to review your case with a personal injury attorney. If you are too injured to travel, our staff can visit your home, workplace or hospital room. In some cases, you may also be able to get over the phone legal advice if you are unable to travel and if you have immediate concerns.