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Son charged with financial abuse of nursing home-bound mother

Although nursing homes can be the site of elder abuse and caregivers can be guilty of related crimes, the problem also exists in the home. Anywhere that elders and their reactions to events can be hidden from public view is a possible site for abuse, which thrives on secrecy.

Nursing homes can become the venue, or even the enabler, of family abuse. The most obvious and criminally punishable types of abuse are physical or mental abuse, which has several symptoms that appear in both the victim and the aggressor.

Identifying the characteristics of a poor care facility

When you place your loved ones in the care of other individuals, you hope the staff will treat them well. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

If you suspect your elderly family member is a victim of elder abuse from staff in the living facility, you may have options to seek justice. It is a good idea to try to confirm your thoughts before making such accusations. There are a few common identifying characteristics of a poor care facility that may help you to confirm your suspicions.

Legal issues surround Florida nursing home prohibition

Nursing homes and other residential facilities that offer long-term care are home to a diverse group of senior citizens with a large array of physical needs. The most typical legal issue that occurs around nursing homes is the possibility of abuse or neglect on the part of caregivers or administrators.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is a difficult class of crimes to track, as many offenses take place hidden from public view. Many elder patients are mentally compromised, making the gathering of evidence for nursing home abuse and neglect difficult for law enforcement officials and investigators.

Florida politician proposes nationwide elder abuse tracking

Elder abuse is a major problem in the United States, where the crime is so underreported that there are few reliable statistics. It is believed that elder abuse largely happens in the home, where violence and humiliation can happen beyond the view of neighbors or the public.

When senior citizens can no longer take care of their own household, nursing homes and assisted living facilities take responsibility for caring for and protecting them. Nursing home abuse occurs when these organizations fail to protect residents from caregivers or visitors.

Common safety problems in nursing homes

It is always difficult to admit that someone needs help getting through the daily business of taking care of himself or herself. This difficulty is compounded when family members have to start accepting responsibility for their elderly loved ones' fate and future.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities need to pass some tests for one to be entirely comfortable that a senior resident will have adequate food, safety and comfort. Let's look into some common causes for a nursing home to be unsafe.

New rules protect Florida nursing home residents

Caring for seniors can be a complicated and difficult process. Many adult children and families rely on nursing homes to provide predictable and professional care for elders once they are less able to take care of themselves.

It is rare but possible that nursing home residents will experience abuse or neglect during their stays in these facilities. This is of high concern in Florida, where the senior population is high and often living in one of the state's many nursing homes.

Understanding the process for a nursing home abuse claim

When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you are entrusting care to the staff. However, what do you do when you notice neglect or nursing home abuse?

Thankfully, it is possible to hold the facility accountable through a nursing home abuse claim. Before you submit your claim, it is important to understand how the process works.

Lack of reporting makes nursing home abuse worse

Nursing homes make it possible to care for senior citizens with efficiency and respect. This is vital for people who have limited abilities to care for themselves. Regrettably, some caregivers and visitors to these facilities can take advantage of this situation.

A recent federal audit determined that more than a quarter of possible physical and sexual abuse of nursing homes goes unreported. At least 28 percent of total cases in 2015 and 2016 were not prosecuted. This makes accurate statistic analysis and better safety practices harder to establish.

Find the risk factors for elder abuse and neglect

The abuse of patients and residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities can cause major physical, psychological and financial problems to victims of abuse and their families. These problems and their causes are often unnoticed and underreported, as the isolated nature of assisted living and senior life can hide them.

Improper and insufficient care can be prevented before it negatively affects a senior's safety, health or quality of life. It is important for nursing home residents and their families to be on the lookout for signs pointing to nursing home abuse and neglect so it can be reported or investigated as soon as possible.

Stop nursing home neglect before it begins

People are entitled to safety and respect regardless of age or living arrangements. Although elder abuse in nursing homes is a relatively rare violation of a resident's or family's trust, it still poses a significant problem in Florida, home to the largest senior population in the United States.

Statistics on abuse in nursing homes are difficult to find, as experts believe that most offenses take place in private without witnesses. Seniors who are victims of elder abuse are also unlikely to report all offenses out of humiliation or not realizing the gravity of the situation.

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