While it may be shocking, 140 nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Florida have been cited for violating state standards or not correcting violations in a timely manner, according to the advocacy group Families for Better Care. The numbers show that one in five nursing homes in Florida are actually on the state’s “Watch List.” Even worse, 12 of these facilities have been on the list for more than 100 days, several of which are in the Pasco County area.
According to Families for Better Care, the low level of care being provided to patients is especially troubling because these facilities are for profit. These facilities are bringing in billions of dollars every year while some patients are being placed in unsafe conditions.
So, what can you do to make sure that your loved ones receive the proper care and attention that they need and deserve? There are many things you can do to make sure those closest to you are safe from nursing home abuse and negligence in Pasco County:
• Tour nursing homes and speak with staff. This is the best thing you can do for your loved ones because it can help you decide what facility is best. However, don’t just drop your elderly loved one off and assume everything is taken care of. It is ideal to routinely visit and speak with staff to verify whether there are any safety concerns.
• Get in Touch with Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. This agency inspects nursing homes and tracks any violations. You can review their findings online or call them with any questions.
• Communicate with Your Elderly Loved One Regularly. While things at a nursing home may be fine one day, things can always change. While the facility may have a great rating now, changes in staff and facility conditions could weaken the level of care being provided. Management can quickly change, which could also affect the quality of care being provided. So while it is important to constantly check in with the nursing home, it is also important to keep the lines of communication with your loved one open so that they can alert you to any causes of concern.
If you believe that an elderly loved one has suffered an injury because of an unsafe nursing home, it is best to take action immediately and contact a Pasco County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today. To arrange a free case evaluation, contact us online or call 727-847-2299.