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Q: Is my mother at risk of identity theft in a Florida nursing home?

A: With the rapid increase in technology, you are right to worry about someone stealing your personal information. The elderly are especially at risk, and identity theft in nursing homes is unfortunately quite common.

A few reasons your relative could be a victim of Florida ID fraud:

  • Access to information : Identity thieves don’t need much to steal your information. A driver’s license, passport, social security number or account information can be enough to open a credit card or apply for a loan in someone else’s name-all items which caretakers have access to.
  • Technological gap : Due to their advanced age, many residents are unfamiliar with technology. They may expose too much personal information online or over the phone, trusting that the caller is reputable and not a senior scammer coaxing bank information out of the elderly
  • Trust in authority : The elderly are forced to put their faith in people charged to protect them, such as nursing home attendants, administrators, police and doctors. Some merely assume the authorities are infallible, or are mentally impaired and cannot rationally comprehend the betrayal or injustice being done to them.

Whether it’s broken bones or burglary, we don’t like to think of anyone in our family becoming a victim. Unfortunately, the people Read More

Q: Could the Nursing Home Be Held Liable for Malnutrition or Dehydration?

A: Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to ensure proper maintenance and monitoring of vital issues such as hydration and nutrition. Nursing home negligence can contribute to or cause malnutrition or dehydration in a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Shortage of staffing (causing residents to go without nourishment or hydration for extended periods)
  • Failure to properly train in nutrition programs or implement hydration strategies
  • Failure to properly monitor nutrition or hydration

If your loved one has experienced serious health issues arising from dehydration and malnutrition Read More

Q: Can a West Palm Beach nursing home be liable for emotional and psychological abuse?

A: The weakened mental and physical state of the elderly can sometimes make them easy targets for emotional abuse from stressed workers in short-handed, understaffed Florida nursing homes.

Emotional and Psychological Abuse

There are many ways in which emotional and psychological abuse occurs in West Palm Beach nursing homes. Emotional or psychological elder abuse is defined as: “Inflicting Read More

Q: How can I be sure my parent will be properly cared for in a nursing home?

A: Making the decision to place a family member in to a Florida nursing home can be a very difficult decision. You may have guilt or worry about whether your loved one will receive adequate care while in an assisted living facility.

In order to ease your mind about whether you are making the right nursing home facility choice, please read our article Read More

Q: What are some of the most common Florida nursing home injuries?

A: When we place our loved ones into an assisted care facility, we expect them to receive exceptional care. Unfortunately, nursing home injuries-most of which are preventable-are quite common. Some common West Palm Beach nursing home injuries include:

  • Falls
  • Sprains
  • Broken bones
  • Bruising/cuts/scrapes
  • Infections
  • Bed Sores/Pressure Sores
  • Decubitus Ulcers
  • Head Injuries
  • Dehydration
  • Medication Errors
  • Restraint Injuries
  • Sepsis

If your loved one has suffered a nursing home injury, contact a Read More

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