Thousands of families place loved ones in the care of nursing homes or long-term care facilities each day. These facilities are often trusted to provide a safe environment and quality care. There are over 15,000 care providers in the United States.
However, between 2015 and 2016 alone, over 100,000 health deficiencies have been recorded. The most notable is the hiring of employees with a history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents.
Signs of abuse and neglect can be difficult to identify, as they are often mistaken for natural signs of aging. Because victims are usually partially or wholly dependent upon caregivers, they may be unable to defend themselves or tell a family member that the abuse occurred.
To help protect your loved ones, it is important to know the signs of abuse and neglect.
Warning signs may include:
- Broken bones
- Skin tears
There are 689 nursing homes in Florida. Medicare.gov’s Nursing Home Compare tool compiled the following statistics on Florida’s nursing homes in May 2016.
- Average Number of Health Deficiency Violations: 6.6
- Average Number of Fire Safety Deficiencies: 2.4
- Average Fine Amount: $13,932
- Percentage of Residents with Pressure Ulcers: 5.8%
- Percentage of Residents that Experienced One or More Falls with a Major Injury: 2.8%
If you suspect that a loved one may be experiencing abuse or neglect in a nursing home or long-term care facility, call Sokolove Law today at (888) 360-1323.