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Seeking help in avoiding abuse and neglect in nursing homes

There often comes a time in a long, full life when a person needs help taking care of his or her needs for food, medicine and security. The rising age of the population of Florida has created an efficient and expansive system of long-term care in private homes and at assisted-living facilities like nursing homes.

It is vital for the family and friends of nursing home residents pay attention to the physical and mental state of anyone living in one. Poor care, the isolation of nursing home life and low management standards can lead to neglect or abuse at the hands of frustrated or overworked staff.

Experts claim that the standard of medical care in nursing homes is at an all-time high in general. Skilled nurses at assisted-living facilities and clinics that have aging patient populations continue to advocate for proper care and improving living conditions. A senior care expert stated that front-line clinical staff at nursing homes are often underpaid and overworked.

As a result, nurses and other health care workers should be considered allies and resources in picking the right nursing home. Choosing the right facility can make all the difference. The information that dedicated workers have about where they work can be invaluable when finding a place with quality care, as well as investigating possible shortcomings in care.

Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect and their families have the right to sue the parties at fault under federal and Florida state law. A lawyer can often help gather and sort through the evidence of improper care in preparation for a civil action against a nursing home or its employees.

Source: Skilled Nursing News, "How Skilled Nursing Can Ride Out a Wave of Bad Press," Amy Baxter, Jan. 21, 2018

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