Lakeland Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities exist to provide quality care for our elderly and sick. These facilities owe their residents more than just adequate medical care, however; they must treat residents with dignity and respect, and they must address basic needs like social interaction and activity. Negligence or apathy toward these needs amount to nursing home neglect, and facilities can and should be held liable for the injuries which ensue. Lakeland nursing home neglect attorney Sanga Turnbull has spent years representing Florida nursing home victims, and he has experience representing some of the nation’s largest nursing homes as well. At The Turnbull Firm, you’ve found a lawyer with the skill, experience and dedication to hold Lakeland nursing homes accountable for their negligence and ensure your loved ones get the care and compensation they need after an injury caused by nursing home neglect.
What is nursing home neglect?
Whether skilled nursing home or assisted living facility, these institutions owe a duty of care to their residents. Negligence or neglect means failing to provide care according to the appropriate level required. In addition, Florida law guarantees a number of rights to nursing home residents, and violating any of these rights may amount to neglect (or nursing home abuse if committed intentionally). Some of these important rights are:
- Respect for a resident’s civil and religious liberties
- Allowing residents to manage their financial affairs
- Permitting residents to engage in social, religious, and community activities
- Informing residents of their medical condition and proposed treatment, giving them the right to refuse treatment, and requiring informed consent if the resident is capable of giving it
- Privacy in treatment and caring for residents’ personal needs, including knocking before entering a resident’s room and closing room doors when appropriate
- The right to receive adequate and appropriate health care and protective and support services, including social services
- The right to mental health services, if available
- The right to planned recreational activities, as well as therapeutic and rehabilitative services consistent with the resident care plan
- The right to be treated courteously, fairly, and with the fullest measure of dignity
How do I choose a nursing home?
Important factors to look for in a nursing home are: staffing ratios, especially the ratio of skilled nursing staff to residents; how well the facility is maintained; the availability of social activities; and the quality of food. A large majority of nursing homes are for-profit institutions, however, and nursing homes may cut corners in all of these areas to improve their bottom line.
Nursing Home Compare is a helpful resource for choosing a nursing home offered by Medicare. A search of nursing homes in Lakeland, for instance, quickly brings up 23 choices, with most rated below or much below average. Find highly-rated nursing homes you may want for your loved one, and plan a visit and tour of the facilities. Most facilities will make appointments for tours, but be suspicious of any that won’t let you tour unannounced or visit with residents while you are there.
Also, keep in mind that turnover in the nursing home industry is very high, so even a highly rated facility can quickly go downhill or experience at least isolated instances of nursing home neglect. Don’t be afraid to bring your complaints to the attention of staff or administration. If your complaints aren’t being heard, or if the neglect is very serious, call The Turnbull Firm in Lakeland for immediate action. We’ll go to work right away making sure your loved one is treated properly with the right level of medical care, dignity and respect.
Call The Turnbull Firm in Lakeland to Stop and Prevent Nursing Home Neglect
Don’t let your loved one suffer from neglect in a nursing home that is being paid handsomely to provide a high level of care. Call The Turnbull Firm in Lakeland to have your family member’s rights upheld through the help of a skilled and experienced Lakeland nursing home neglect attorney who is committed to obtaining results on your behalf.