Six Key Numbers Regarding Florida Nursing Home Abuse

May 29, 2013 Posted by in Nursing Home Neglect

Six-Key-Numbers-Regarding-Florida-Nursing-Home-Abuse-ImageThis year, there will be up to a half million allegations of nursing home abuse in Florida and nationally.

On top of this, an unknown number of claims will go unreported.

In Florida, state inspectors have the power to shut down a nursing home or elder care facility that receives too many complaints.

That happened recently to an assisted living facility in Boynton Beach, which is being forced to close its doors at the end of May.

According to WPBF/Channel 25, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration stated that the facility lost track of two of its patients who wandered away. The facility did not do enough to prevent a man from schizophrenia from forcibly raping another patient suffering from dementia.

Dozens of patients will be transferred to another facility.

Six Important Numbers About Nursing Home Abuse

  1. Thirty-nine million – The number of adults in the U.S. over 65 years old
  2. Four million – The number of people residing in U.S. nursing homes
  3. One in 14 – The ratio of incidents of elder abuse that are actually reported to the proper authorities
  4. Ninety percent – The percentage of nursing homes in the U.S. with staffing levels that are too low to provide appropriate care
  5. One in three – The number of nursing homes that will be cited for patient abuse or neglect this year
  6. Eleven percent – The percentage of adults over the age of 65 who have suffered some form of abuse, exploitation or neglect at the hands of a caregiver

Family members can reduce the chance that a loved one will become a victim of Florida nursing home abuse by visiting regularly and keeping close tabs on the facility.

Warning signs include visible cuts or bruises, bedsores, sudden weight gain or weight loss, torn clothing, missing money or property, complaints of mistreatment, extreme agitation, poor hygiene, and pale or unhealthy skin coloring.

Another smart move – especially if you live a distance from the facility – is to hire a geriatric care manager to check in on your loved one periodically.

Contact a qualified Florida nursing home abuse attorney with legal questions.

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