The Baby Boomer generation is reaching retirement age in ever greater numbers. Thanks to advances in health care technology, Americans are living longer and longer. As people advance in age, their needs change, and sometimes they need more assistance than they can get on their own. This is especially true in Florida, a popular retirement destination. Nursing homes occupy a special place of trust, since they have care and control over so many aspects of a resident’s life, and sometimes all aspects of that life. Nursing homes therefore have very specific obligations under the law to provide for the care of their residents while respecting their dignity. Not all nursing homes meet this obligation. A Florida nursing home injury attorney can help victims of nursing home neglect get the justice and compensation they deserve.
Nursing Home Neglect
Patients with Alzheimer’s disease may be particularly susceptible to neglect or abuse. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia in which an individual’s memory and thinking gradually deteriorate. Alzheimer’s patients often require heightened supervision and care because of these mental limitations.
Because of the special trust placed in nursing homes to care for people who might not otherwise be able to care for themselves, nursing homes, the administrators, and their employees have a special duty under the law to provide competent and diligent care for residents, and to exercise reasonable caution to prevent residents from coming to harm. Abuse and neglect constitute breaches of this duty, which entitles injured residents to recover damages for injuries caused by nursing homes’ negligence.