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The age group of Americans above the age of 65 is growing, and the need for health care for senior citizens is growing with it. Most aging people need assistance with taking care of their needs at some point, and assisted-living facilities are one of the easiest ways to make sure seniors stay safe.

It is rare that nursing homes abuse or neglect their residents, but it can happen and families and friends have to be vigilant to protect their loved ones. Patients and their representatives have the right to sue to improve care or receive compensation to rectify an unjust injury or death.

Nursing home abuse: How to protect against financial exploitation

When you think of nursing home abuse, the first thing that might come to mind involves the physical aspects. Many people who place their loved ones into nursing homes in the Aventura area might not realize that financial exploitation is another form of elder abuse they should have concerns about. 

Not all seniors who reside in nursing homes are still capable of managing their financial affairs. Older people are vulnerable to a variety of influences that can interfere with their cognitive abilities and memory. They are also susceptible to their caretakers. Take some time to learn the signs of financial exploitation so you can take measures to prevent it and protect your loved one. 

Can we sue a nursing home for neglect?

Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities often include clauses in residential contracts that prevent patients and their families from suing them for neglect, either outright or by forcing arbitration.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced a new rule in 2016 that allows residents and their representatives to sue for neglect.

Man killed by fellow nursing home resident on video

Abuse and neglect are two of the primary concerns of nursing home residents and their families and friends. It is hard to protect elder people from all hazards in the world, and we always hope that assisted living facilities staffed with round-the-clock care can reduce dangers.

The isolation of nursing home life can prevent younger relatives of residents from learning of serious violations of trust that can cause depression, injury or even death. A watchful attitude that includes vigilance and attention to unexplained injures or mood swings can help stop a dangerous pattern of abuse.

What are the rights of Floridians in nursing homes?

It is vital for senior citizens living in assisted-living facilities, as well as their families and friends, to avoid or report incidents of elder abuse perpetrated by the management or staff of those facilities. Unfortunately, the isolation of nursing home life can make spotting these incidents difficult.

The government of the state of Florida, home to the highest population of nursing home residents in the country, is considering a "residents' bill of rights" to expand the stated rights and privileges of those who call nursing homes home. While this legislation is being debated, seniors and families should know the laws that already protect their health, safety and dignity.

How to avoid falls in nursing homes

It is inevitable that people become more concerned with physical health as they age. The human body is a temple, which occasionally needs extra scaffolding as it enters the golden years. This is why many elderly people and their families opt to involve professional caretakers in their lives as problems mount.

Although nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are an essential part of the care of senior citizens, accidents can happen and the frustrations of staff members can result in poor care or abuse. One of the leading causes of nursing home injuries is falls, with nearly 2,000 nursing home residents dying from falls each year.

Signs of a good nursing home

Shopping around for nursing homes can be a stressful time. You already know that many elderly people in Florida and elsewhere are victims of physical and emotional abuse by their caregivers. How do you know that the nursing home you are considering is one you can trust to provide quality care for your loved one?

The following points, provided by AARP, are some of the elements that go into a good nursing facility:

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.

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