The decision to move a loved one to a Florida nursing home is a difficult
one, but your family may have decided that your loved one's safety
necessitates it. You probably want your family member to be in an environment
where he or she will be protected from harm.
Unfortunately, accidents can happen even in nursing homes. Every year,
thousands of older Americans are injured while in the care of nursing
home staff. In Florida, nursing home staff members are responsible for
creating a safe environment for residents, but resident safety isn't
always a main concern.
How can you ensure that your loved one is in a nursing home where safety
is a top priority?
West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorney Craig Goldenfarb suggests the following:
First of all, take a good look around. Is it easy to move around the building
and grounds? Would it be easy if you were in a wheelchair? How far is
it to the dining and recreation areas? Are hallways, stairwells, and exits
well-lit? Are the stairways and exits clearly marked? Are there rails
in the halls, stairs, and bathrooms for those with limited mobility? Do
you see any slip-and-fall hazards? Is the floor slick? Is the carpet thick
enough to cause tripping? Is there loose tread near stairs? Do you see
smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other safety devices?
If you see hazards, ask questions. How important is resident independence?
Is there an emergency plan? Where will your loved one go if residents
are evacuated from the building? You also should ask the nurse or administrator
if they know how often the smoke detectors are tested. Do they know when
the fire extinguishers were last checked? If the staff member doesn't
know the answers, resident safety may not be a top concern.
Did neglect or a safety hazard cause your loved one to be injured while
in a Florida nursing home? Your loved one may be able to file a Florida
nursing home abuse and neglect claim. To learn more or to discuss your
loved one's nursing home injury with a West Palm Beach nursing home
abuse attorney, contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb at (561) 600-5605.