Those who have placed an elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility often worry about how their family members are faring. Unless you are a care provider yourself or can visit every day, it can be difficult to spot any signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Families often rely on their loved ones to let them know if an issue arises, but many elders do not report abuse or neglect.

The Quality Care Report covering 2014 through 2018 may offer some insight into how Florida ranks in the quality of care state nursing homes provide. We want to offer you several key points from the report to help you formulate an idea of whether nursing home abuse and neglect may be an issue. The data used for this report comes from award indicators and national ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • Florida ranked seventh in the country in 2018 for overall quality of care, a significant improvement from its 2014 ranking of 16
  • The state also saw improvements in how many staffing hours were provided each day per resident
  • Our state ranked eighth for the minimum number of residents suffering major injuries through one or more falling incidents
  • Florida came in third for the minimum portion of nursing home residents suffering from symptoms of depression
  • The state came in first in the country for the number of facilities recognized by the American Health Care Association (AHA) and National Center for Assisted Living Quality Care (NCAL)

The figures revealed by the report certainly show major improvements in the quality of care state nursing homes offer. However, we want to remind you that nursing home abuse and neglect can still affect your elderly family member. We urge our readers to keep a watchful eye on their nursing home residents. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse, it is important to call out this behavior and hold all responsible parties to account.

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