Look for Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
There are a number of warning signs for nursing home abuse. Some of these include poor hygiene, bruises, malnutrition, weight loss, broken bones, and dehydration. There may be other warning signs that point toward verbal, mental, and other forms of non-physical abuse.
Check for Previous Violations by the Facility
In the state of Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration monitors nursing homes by performing routine inspections and responding to any complaints. You can visit the Agency for Health Care Administration website at www.fdhc.state.fl.us to learn about assisted-living center violations in Florida.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also keeps a database of nursing homes at www.medicare.gov/NHCompare but this database sometimes omits violations.
Contact an Attorney
If you determine that you or a loved one have been subject to neglect or mistreatment in a home for the elderly, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer. A nursing home abuse lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Rubenstein, P.A. can answer your questions and assist you.
Remove Yourself or Your Loved One from the Offending Nursing Home
If you are involved in a nursing home abuse claim with a facility, you should definitely move your loved one. If your loved one remains in that facility, he or she may be subject to more abuse and mistreatment by disgruntled nursing home personnel.