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Florida nursing home chain lives on despite ample citations

While Florida’s substantial senior population ensures that a high number of nursing homes operate within state lines, many people making decisions about where to place their aging parents are questioning the quality of care many elder loved ones receive in state facilities.

It appears you and others facing similar situations would be wise to question the level of care your loved ones are receiving, however, as the state’s single-largest nursing home operator is again making headlines for providing insufficient patient care. The company, which currently operates 77 nursing homes across Florida, remains in operation despite numerous complaints relating to patient mistreatment and neglect. A jury also determined that the company was falsifying documents and misrepresenting patient care in an effort to secure more money from government programs. While a jury issued a more than $347 million verdict against the company last year, which some believed would force it to shutter, a federal judge later overturned the verdict, allowing the majority of the much-maligned facilities to remain in operation.

Elder abuse can begin innocently and lead to dire problems

With one of the highest populations of senior citizens in the United States, Florida is home to the largest system of senior care services and facilities. Families and friends of patients in nursing homes are often warned to look out for elder abuse, but those problems can exist at home as well.

Abuse is often too subtle to notice at the beginning, according to a victims advocate counselor specializing in older Floridians. It can begin with a small request for financial help, a seemingly reasonable compromise about care or other way that an aging person slowly loses control over his or her own life.

Nursing home network under review after massive lawsuit

Florida's senior citizens are best served by a robust system of nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities that can help them manage their lives during their golden years. While Florida has more nursing homes that any other state, it also leads the nation in disputes regarding care.

A lawsuit brought by the U.S. and Florida governments claimed a system of fraud created by largest network of nursing homes in the state. A federal jury found the system overcharged government programs for fictional or unnecessary treatments.

Social media-related elder abuse likely underreported

Placing one of your parents in a Florida nursing home or assisted living facility can be difficult, but you may feel more comfortable doing so if you have complete faith in the care your loved one will receive. Regrettably, however, statistics show that elder abuse and neglect is rampant in many such facilities and that many seniors who live there suffer physical and emotional abuse at some point during their stay.

In recent years, NPR reported that a new form of elder abuse has become increasingly common at many of today’s continuing care facilities, and it involves abusing elders through social media. Nowadays, many nursing home and assisted living facility employees have various social media profiles, and some of them are using them to humiliate and exploit facility residents.

Seniors at risk of malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes

When choosing the right nursing home or assisted-living center for their aging relatives, most South Florida area residents do not realize abuse and neglect can occur. Though they might utilize stringent criteria to ensure they choose facilities that pose the least likelihood of harm to their loved ones, adult children should still learn what risk factors of abuse and neglect to watch for.

There are many kinds of abuse and neglect that nursing home and assisted-living residents may encounter that can cause them severe as well as life-threatening injuries and, in extreme cases, death. Here is a brief overview of dehydration, malnutrition and nursing home and assisted-living facilities.

3 ailments nursing homes may neglect to treat

Nursing home patients are one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States. When you make the difficult decision to place your loved one in an assisted living facility, you are trusting the staff to provide the care and treatment necessary, but sometimes the exact opposite happens. Nursing home abuse is unfortunately rampant, and in many cases, the staff do not treat patients' ailments at all.

This may be the case for health problems that are especially common in nursing homes. Because they occur so frequently, staff may simply overlook the issue, but this can cause serious injury and even death to patients. The following are three examples of ailments that may not receive proper treatment.

Florida nursing home residents have enumerated rights

Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are vital resources in Florida's infrastructure, as the state leads the nation in aging residents who may require help in keeping their lives running happily. Laws that prohibit abuse in these facilities is also vital in the rare case that the staff is negligent or excessive in their responsibilities.

As a result, Florida statutes include more than 20 specific possible types of elder abuse in residential care. This may open staff to criminal charges, while it also opens staff and their employers to possible civil actions for financial damages in the case of abuse.

How can we spot and prevent financial abuse of elders?

Children are our future, while our elders are the basis of our wisdom and culture. It may be difficult to manage the care of our parents and grandparents, but it is vital to their health and well-being as well as upholding the Florida laws that protect them.

Elder abuse can take many forms. Physical and mental abuse are often the most likely and the most concerning, while psychological abuse is usually a slower-moving issue that affects victims over a long period of time. Financial abuse, however, has increased a marked amount in the last two years.

Investigation finds unreported cases of elder neglect and abuse

Florida is home to many of the country's senior citizens, enjoying their golden years with friends and relatives in reliably good weather. The state also has a high number of nursing homes and, although it is rare among health care professionals, some reports of elder abuse and neglect have created the need to research homes before living in one.

One of the greatest concerns is that instances of abuse and neglect in senior care facilities are not even discovered or reported. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) must keep information confidential under state law, while they also have a responsibility to enforce rules for residents' safety and expose violations to ensure they do not happen again.

Gainesville man held for neglect in elderly father's death

Nearly every parent can testify that taking care of someone full-time, even in one's own home, can be a very heavy burden. Only some adults know the trials and labors of home care for an elderly parent or other relative, and the severity of needs for disabled people can overwhelm someone easily.

Florida is home to a large number of senior citizens, many of whom need medical assistance or special needs to continue living their best lives. There are many licensed nursing homes and assisted living facilities that offer professional care around the clock, although many people prefer independence and remain at home with help such as health aides or family members.

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