A USA Today analysis of new government data has left many Florida families concerned about the wellbeing of their elderly family members. It has been reported that 1 in 5 of the nation’s 15,700 nursing homes have continuously been given poor ratings for overall quality.
Nursing home abuse in Florida is a serious problem. Elderly residents in these facilities often find themselves victims of physical, emotional or financial abuse, not to mention the cases of nursing home neglect. With over a quarter-million patients living in nursing homes nationwide, it is unnerving thinking that they might not be receiving the care they deserve.
Medicare released the quality ratings for these nursing homes, which was the second time this was done. The ratings were based on inspections, complaint investigations and other information that was gathered from 2008 and 2009.
According to USA Today, every state within the country had nursing homes with poor ratings from one year to the next. What is really unfortunate, is that the newspaper found that many of these facilities were the only nursing homes for miles, leaving people with very few options when it comes to elder care.
If you believe that your loved one could be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you need to take action right away. Not only should you contact the facility and ensure that your elderly family member is no longer in danger, you should also contact an Orlando nursing home abuse attorney at the Law Offices of Lilly, O’Toole & Brown, LLP at (863) 533-5525.
We have offices located throughout the State of Florida, including locations in Lakeland, Bartow, Sebring, Lake Wales, Haines City and Wauchula. Contact one of our Florida nursing home abuse lawyers today to find out your legal options.