Miami, FL- The majority of caregivers for the elderly are compassionate people who take pride in their jobs and strive to give the nursing home residents the best care possible. But there are some caregivers who are not as compassionate and may lash out at one of their patients because they are angry, tired or overworked and hurt the people who depend in them for their well-being. But there are steps our team of nursing home abuse attorneys recommend Miami families can in order to prevent their elderly loved ones from nursing home abuse.
One if the most assured way to protect a nursing home resident from nursing home neglect or abuse is to use a hidden camera in their room. These cameras, dubbed “Granny Cams,” can be concealed in everyday objects like clocks or teddy bears and can catch everything that goes in their room. But it’s important to note that it is illegal to tape others without their consent, so you will need to speak with facility administrators before installing a camera. Most facilities have no qualms with hidden cameras, but you need to protect yourself from potential criminal consequences.
Another means to protect your loved one is to visit them regularly and often. Regular visits are not only good for the mental well-being of a resident, but also gives a family the opportunity to observe what is going on with the staff and residents in a facility. You will see if staff members attend to patients’ needs and if they have a good demeanor. Regular visits also deny abusers the opportunity to take advantage of or harm a resident. If they know you are going to be often, they are less likely to target your loved one.
And the third way you can protect your loved one is to do your research when trying to find a long-term care facility for your aging parent, relative or friend; it’s the single most important step you can take. It may be time-consuming but it is your best protection against nursing home abuse and neglect. Check with the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare and state agencies to get a facility’s ratings. It is also wise to contact Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman to see how many and what types of citations a facility has received.
There is no excuse for elder abuse or neglect. Those who are victimized and their loved ones have the right to take civil action against the abuser and the facility where the abuse occurred. A civil suit will not hold a facility and an abuser accountable for their reprehensible actions, but it will also make a facility correct any issues that allowed the abuse to occur in the first place.
Our nursing home abuse attorneys serving Miami, Florida, will investigate your claims and if they find evidence of abuse and neglect, they will begin building an injury claim for you or your loved one so they can get the justice they deserve. Allow USAttorneys to connect with an elder law attorney today.