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Congress voices concerns about nursing homes in Florida

There often comes a time in a person's life when it becomes difficult to handle his or her own affairs. Medication regimens, reduced mobility and smaller social networks can all contribute to the decision to live in a nursing home or other facility with assisted living.

It often falls to residents themselves, as well as their family and friends, to be vigilant about the quality of living and care in nursing homes. Clinical and support staffs in assisted-living facilities are dedicated to proper attention for their patients, but some facilities fall behind. Shortcomings can have dangerous consequences.

Hialeah nursing home fined for pest infestation

An assisted-living facility in Hialeah has to clean up its act after Florida health care regulators fined them $1,000 after the discovery of bedbugs in three of eight rooms. In addition, the nursing home failed to offer proper treatment for a person affected by bedbug bites in one of the three rooms.

The parasitic blood-drinking insects were seen "crawling on the walls" during a snap inspection of the facility by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration. A separate inspection by the state's Department of Health found bedbugs in 12 rooms. Inspectors concluded that best control visits were infrequent and the fumigation process designed to eliminate bedbugs was clearly ineffective.

Understaffed nursing homes likely to use chemical restraints

Prescription medicines enable many seniors to live healthy, active and longer lives. It also enables them to avoid serious health complications from existing medical conditions. 

It is a problem when nursing home staff administer medications as chemical restraints. Family members need to be aware of the risks of overmedication and unnecessary chemical restraints in nursing homes. 

Social media posts may be abuse

Social media gives people ways to interact with one another and share information. Unfortunately, sometimes people can abuse this privilege and infringe upon the rights and privacy of others.

Particularly when caregivers use social media to expose or make fun of elderly patients, this can lead to serious accusations of abuse. For both parties, it is important to understand how social media plays into these scenarios.

Woman found near death after family allegedly neglected her

Caring for our older relatives is often a challenge. This is especially true when seniors develop more intensive needs, such as a limitation on mobility that means someone cannot easily leave the home. Able family members and home health aides often become necessary figures in an elder person's life.

Florida laws protect seniors against elder abuse or neglect by caretakers just as the law protects residents of nursing homes against bad behavior by staff. As the Sunshine State's population of senior citizens is poised to increase, new laws may lead the way for the nation in preventing and punishing elder abuse.

New proposed law would strengthen nursing home residents

Florida's population is getting younger every year, but that has not changed the number of senior citizens living there for the comfort of the climate and lifestyle. Experts believe that the Sunshine State's population of elderly people, already the highest in the nation, will only increase in the coming years.

The last year has been a milestone for senior rights, especially the residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The state government in Tallahassee finalized a proposal to increase safety standards for climate control after a power failure led to several deaths in a nursing home.

New Florida law protects nursing home residents from exposure

It is not an easy decision to allow a nursing home to take care and responsibility for an elder family member. However, these facilities in which people can receive full-time care with the vigilance of professional staff are often the best option for people with complicated medical needs or reduced mobility.

Florida law protects senior citizens against physical, mental and financial abuse from health care workers, nursing home employees and their own family members and friends. Now, there is a new protection for nursing home residents who may be affected by power failures.

Nursing assistant fired after slapping nursing home resident

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are a key part of how our elders receive the care they need as they progress into their "golden years." With one of the highest populations of Americans above the age of 65, Florida leads the nation in the availability of residential care.

Residents may become frustrated by the level of care they require or even become unaware of their situation due to dementia or progressive memory loss. Senior citizens may have difficulty following complicated care regimens or managing day-to-day habits like cleaning and eating. This is why professional staff must be responsible for residents' care.

3 types of nursing home abuse you may not be aware of

When your elderly family member needs full-time assistance, you expect him or her to receive care, not harm. Yet, harm is the reality for many seniors in nursing homes and other types of adult care facilities, reveals the National Council on Aging. 

You may already be aware of the health problems that can occur from understaffing, medical malpractice, violence and the over-prescription of drugs. Have you ever considered these possible forms of elderly abuse?

Caregiver arrested after signs of elder abuse observed

Once people have reached their "golden years," they have the hope that the responsibilities of life give way to enjoyment of the world around them. Unfortunately, old age can bring some medical and logistic complications, such as a reliance on medication for chronic ailments or an lessened ability to use stairs.

Some seniors require home care, while others need full-time care in an assisted living facility. This is very common in Florida, with one of the highest populations of Americans above the age of 65 in the United States. When these arrangements are necessary, top-quality care from professional clinicians and staff can save lives as well as improve them.

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