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New Florida proposal champions elders' rights

Senior citizens unable to care for their own needs in the same way as other adults often consider nursing homes as a way to improve their standard of living. Elders in these facilities have several enumerated and implied rights to the best care possible.

Although these rights should be obvious to residents and caregivers in nursing homes and other residential care facilities, they are infringed upon all too often. More attention to hazards that affect seniors in these facilities is being paid after recent disasters contributed to the deaths of several nursing home residents.

How to spot potential nursing home abuse and neglect

Nursing homes are integral parts of health care for senior citizens who are unable to fully care for themselves, as their families often have employment and lifestyles that keep them from taking on full responsibility. It is a serious and harmful breach of trust if nursing home staff do not properly care for residents.

Abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are often considered a well-hidden problem, due to the social isolation and occasional mental issues experienced by elders in these facilities. However, experts have identified warning signs for which family and friends can look out.

Hidden cameras gather evidence in Florida nursing homes

Elder abuse and neglect are chronic problems among those who care for our country's senior citizens as they require more support for their health and lifestyle. Although occurrences may be rare, exact figures are difficult to get due to the lack of reporting.

Victims of elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted care facilities may have additional barriers to reporting problems, such as isolation from loved ones or encroaching dementia and memory problems. As a result, several vigilant relatives of seniors are monitoring the quality of their care with hidden cameras and surveillance.

Preventing and recovering from nursing home abuse

Moving a beloved relative to a nursing home or assisted living facility is often a difficult decision. No one wants to admit that they need help taking care of themselves, especially after a long and successful life looking after their own needs and the needs of their families.

One issue that should not be a concern is abuse by the clinical and support staff of a nursing home, although this is an occasional problem. One of the difficulties with this sort of abuse is the isolation of nursing home life, so relatives and visitors must remain vigilant.

Investigations of nursing home abuse raise questions

Florida has an ever-growing population of senior citizens, as elderly Americans and Canadians discover the warm climate and pleasant surroundings. Thousands of Floridians over the age of 65 rely on assistance to keep up their health care and safety.

There are few nightmares worse than when those responsible for providing this care fail or even turn on elderly people. Although abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are rare, any incident can be dangerous to the victim and damaging to others as well.

Would you recognize the signs of senior sexual abuse?

One issue you may not think you have to worry about when placing your elderly parent or loved one in a nursing home is sexual abuse. Unbeknownst to you and many people in the Aventura area, seniors are at risk of being sexually assaulted by nursing home staff. You may think your parent is safe in her or his nursing home, but the truth of the matter is, many older people are abused by the very people who are supposed to care for them. 

Many of the victims are extremely vulnerable and have memory as well as mobility issues. They are not always able to refuse and fight off their assailants. They may also have trouble identifying their attackers. To reduce the chances of you waking up to a phone call informing you your elderly relative has been sexually assaulted, learn how to identify the signs of elderly sexual abuse

Florida protects rights to prevent nursing home abuse

Florida is home to a high population of senior citizens; in fact, the state has the highest median age in the nation. This means that a large number of the state's people need a little help to handle the responsibilities of daily life.

Nursing homes and assisted care facilities are often the solution to family concerns about who will handle round-the-clock care of elders. Although cases are rare, these residences' staff may be guilty of verbal, physical, psychological or financial abuse.

Elder abuse may expand with the population

There are many causes of elder abuse, and there are many types of bad behavior in which it can take form. Although experts believe that the majority of abuse takes place in a senior citizen's own home at the hands of family or in-home caregivers, it is also a major concern in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Causes of elder abuse are also numerous and diverse. Biological or psychological problems may predispose a person to abusive behavior such as a brain defect or mental illness. Social pressures can drive people to resent the roles of elders in their lives. Financial needs can provide motive for fraud.

Nursing home reviewed after guest injury and death

Millions of Americans rely on nursing homes and their caregivers to ensure the safety and health of our elderly friends and relatives. This is certainly true in Florida, home to millions of senior citizens who often require specialized medication and care to reduce pain and stay active. Betrayal of the trust that nursing homes assume for residents can be painful and damaging.

Officials with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHA) re reviewing a complaint against a nursing home in Brevard County. The daughter of an 81-year-old woman reported her mother came home with bruises all over her body before dying a few days later.

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.

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