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Do Caregivers Have to Protect Residents From Abuse by Others?

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2021 | Assisted Living Facility Abuse and Neglect

If your loved one lives in an assisted living facility, you need to make sure that they receive the level of care they deserve. Unfortunately, many residents suffer as a result of abuse, exploitation and neglect. Moreover, some assisted living caregivers fail to protect residents from abuse and mistreatment carried out by other caregivers.

If you have reason to believe that your loved one has dealt with mistreatment, you need to take action swiftly in order to hold violators accountable for their actions and to prevent further abuse.

Caregivers must protect residents from mistreatment

According to the United States Department of Justice, under Florida law caregivers must protect elderly residents from abuse carried out by other people. Caregivers who fail to make reasonable efforts to protect elderly people from exploitation, abuse and neglect not only fail to perform critical responsibilities that come with their position, but they also violate the law, in some instances.

Caregiver abuse and neglect takes many forms

Sometimes, abuse occurs on a single occasion, while other examples of abuse and neglect take place on multiple occasions over a lengthy period of time. If a caregiver knows that mistreatment poses a threat to a resident’s physical or psychological well-being, or increases the likelihood of a resident’s death, they must answer for their failure to take reasonable measures to stop mistreatment.

Whether your loved one sustained an injury due to neglect or abuse or they have suffered serious emotional trauma, you need to hold responsible anyone who played a role in the incident(s), including caregivers who fail to protect residents.

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