Nursing Home Abuse in Greenacres
- Nursing home residents are two times more likely to fall than are elderly individuals living in the community.
- About 3 out of every 4 nursing home residents fall each year.
- Nursing home residents average 2.6 falls per year.
- As many as a fifth of the falls that happen in nursing homes cause serious injuries.
- Each year, about 1,800 nursing home residents die because of falls.
- The average 100-bed nursing home may report as many as 200 falls per year.
- Environmental hazards in nursing homes cause about 1 of every 4 falls that occur.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To the east of Lake Worth, Greenacres lies between Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 95 only five miles from the state’s picturesque Atlantic beaches. The Palm Beach County city was founded in 1926. It has earned the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation, and enjoys recognition as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. Greenacres is home to more than 37,000 residents and boasts over 1,000 small and mid-sized businesses that serve the community.
At Freeman Injury Law, our experienced Greenacres nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys are proud to be a top choice of Greenacres citizens. When our residents suspect that elderly loved ones may be suffering abuse, our elder abuse lawyers know how to take the action needed to protect those vulnerable seniors. Our efforts have helped improve care and the quality of life for residents of Florida nursing homes and communities throughout South Florida.
The Greenacres nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at our firm know that residents of nursing facilities are likely to need help with most of the activities of daily living: bathing, eating, dressing, toileting, and moving about. If nursing homes don’t provide a high standard of care, residents can be at risk for many adverse effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nursing home residents are far more likely to fall than are their peers who live in the community. Further, most residents can expect to fall more than once, and the CDC says that injuries caused by those falls take the lives of 1,800 nursing home residents yearly.
Along with a greater risk for falling, nursing home residents who receive substandard care risk more infections, including sepsis. That reaction to bacteria’s entering the body – through bedsores or other open wounds – affects some 750,000 Americans each year, killing about half of those afflicted. Neglect by nursing home staff can increase the occurrence of nutrition and hydration issues, gangrene, and many other physical disorders. Neglect also can plunge nursing home residents into depression, withdrawal, and other adverse emotional reactions.
You can help break the cycle of neglect and abuse. The Greenacres nursing home neglect and elder abuse attorneys at our firm encourage you to watch for signs of poor care – either in nursing homes or in elderly citizens’ own homes. Our experienced elder neglect and abuse lawyers know that problems aren’t confined to nursing homes, they can occur anywhere. When you visit elderly friends and loved ones, watch for such conditions as:
- Unsanitary or hazardous environments
- Bruises or unexplained injuries
- Broken bones, sprains and other signs of falls
- Soiled garments and bedclothes
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Worsening medical symptoms or conditions
- Unusual behaviors or changes in mood
- Diminished ability to move about or function
- Open wounds and pressure sores
If you notice problems, report them to nursing home management. If you’re in a private home, ask the elderly person or caregiver about the matters you’ve observed. When you can’t get satisfaction of the questions you raise, contact the Greenacres nursing home neglect and elder abuse attorneys at Freeman Injury Law. We know how to investigate suspected neglect and abuse. We’ll take action to protect the rights of vulnerable elderly citizens. When harm has been done, we can pursue compensation, and we can work to see that others in the same facility aren’t enduring similar abuses. Call today for a free consultation. If you can’t come to us, we’ll visit your home or nursing home to discuss your case.