Should you contact a
Florida nursing home attorney? If you're weighing that decision, odds are that you fear that someone
you care about has suffered. Why does neglect happen in nursing homes?
What are three common types of neglect? What can you do to stop the mistreatment
and call the perpetrators to account?
The Three Common Root Causes of “Failure to Care”
Florida nursing homes are businesses, and they often try to maximize profits
by cutting expenses. Unfortunately, an under-funded nursing home easily
becomes a place where neglecting resident needs becomes routine. Look
out for these three danger signs:
Understaffing. Understaffing is an enormous problem at many Florida nursing homes. When
few workers care for too many patients, disaster often ensues. Tasks are
performed haphazardly, or not at all. Supervision disintegrates. Chaos reigns.
Unqualified staff. Being a successful nursing home caregiver is neither easy, nor intuitive.
You need excellent training to communicate with and care for sick patients
and elderly residents. Caregivers who lack this baseline of compassion
can have trouble identifying the subtle warning signs that a senior needs help.
Poor training and support systems. Even qualified elder care specialists need good systems and supervision
to do their jobs correctly. An excellent nurse, for instance, can deliver
terrible care, if she lacks good access to patient medical and nutritional records.
Common Types of Florida Nursing Home Neglect
Neglect can take many forms. A reliable Florida nursing home attorney
will recognize all these as among the most frequently seen:
- Failure to provide adequate food, water, and nutritional supplements.
- Failure to answer call lights.
- Inadequate safety precautions around the home (e.g. failure to identify
and remove possible slip and fall hazards).
- Poor administration of medications (e.g. overdoses, underdoses, accidentally
switching two patients' medications, etc.).
- Failure to help with personal hygiene.
- Failure to pay attention to patient complaints (e.g. bed sores, other medical
Your Next Steps
If you believe that your family member is suffering due to neglect or
abuse in a residential facility, you have to take action immediately.
A Florida nursing home attorney at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb,
P.A., can help you respond to terms with the neglect and protect your
family member's well-being. Connect with the team, toll free, at (561)
600-5605, for advice and a free consultation about your legal options.