When we place an elder loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, we place a great deal of trust in the caregivers. Unfortunately, examples of neglect and abuse are far too common. If you believe that your loved one is being abused or neglected, please contact the West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorneys of Domnick & Shevin today.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, over 30% of all nursing homes in the United States are involved in some form of resident abuse, and more than 50% of nursing homes and assisted care facilities are short or under staffed.
You or your elderly loved ones deserve dignity, safety and proper care. Florida laws guarantee nursing home residents certain rights including:
However, nursing home abuse:
What is the difference between a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility?
The main difference between a Nursing Home and and Assisted Living Facility is the level of care someone needs. Assisted Living Facilities offer more independence to the patient, whereas Nursing Homes are geared towards those in need of constant care. There's also a difference in being asked versus being told. Nursing Homes have certain regulations in place to ensure that residents aren't neglected since most patients in their care cannot make make decisions for themselves. For example, patients have designated eating times as well as how often they eat; they are being told when to eat. Assisted Living Facilities give their patients the freedom to eat when and how often they want to.
What should you know if you're considering putting a loved on into a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility?
Pricing: Typically, Assisted Living Facilities range from $1,000 to $3,000 a month. Nursing Homes are about the same, though Medicare and Medicaid often pay for Nursing Home care. Visit Medicare.gov to use their search engine tool for comparing price and quality of Nursing Homes. For more information on Assisted Living Facilities, visit Assistedlivinginfo.com.
Ask your loved one where they would rather be. You want them to be happy, and if they are able to choose for themselves then they'll know what's best for them.
When visiting a potential Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility, be observant. Look around and notice the care being given. If possible, talk to the residents who are able to communicate about the kind of care they're given and ask them specific questions you may have.
Research. Know how many nurses are on staff and what the law requires.
Visitation: Once you have chosen a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility, visit often and at different times of the day. People believe that residents whose families are involved receive better care and more attention.
*If you've placed your loved one in a Nursing Home and are not content with the one you've chosen, residents are eligible for Medicare reimbursement for up to the first 100 days they are there.*
What are the signs of Nursing Home abuse?
While nursing home abuse isn’t always obvious, any of the following signs of nursing home abuse should warrant further investigation:
Putting a stop to the abuse: Complain to the shift leader, the director of nursing, the administrator, the Department of Health, and the Attorney General's Office. Keep a record of your complaints.
For more reports and statistics, visit AHCA
Every nursing home abuse case is different and success often requires a dedicated team of lawyers, experts and paralegals to thoroughly investigate the incident, prove fault, identify damages and successfully argue the facts to the defendant and, when needed, to judge and jury. Selecting the right trial attorney who is experienced in proving fault and maximizing damages can make all the difference whether your claim goes to court or not.
If you suspect that you or someone you love is the victim of nursing home abuse, you need the help of an experienced West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorney who understands how to successfully investigate and put an end to the abuse. Make A Call For Justice and contact Domnick & Shevin PL today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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