Miami Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys Advocating for Resident Rights
Protecting the rights of the elderly loved ones of South Florida families
Nursing home residents have the right to live in peace and safety, and these rights are protected by federal law. The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, ensures patients who reside in long-term care facilities have basic rights and protections. When residents’ rights are violated or denied, they may have grounds to bring civil or criminal charges against the responsible party.
The compassionate Miami nursing home negligence attorneys at the Yeboah Law Group have extensive experience in protecting the rights of our vulnerable elders when their rights have been violated. We fight for justice on their behalf.
The nursing home residents’ bill of rights
Just because they have made the often-difficult choice to live in a skilled nursing facility or other long-term care arrangement, it does not mean that nursing home residents have given up their basic human rights. Elders may be especially vulnerable because they rely on someone else for all of their needs, they are often unable to defend themselves, and some may no longer be able to speak, they still have every right to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. When vulnerable elders’ rights have been violated by those whose responsibility it is to care for and protect them, it is especially egregious.
Nursing homes that receive federal funding can find themselves losing out on some of that funding and paying fines if they are found to be in violation of nursing home resident’s rights listed below:
- Be free from discrimination
- Be free from abuse and neglect
- Exercise your rights as a U.S. citizen
- Have your representative notified
- Get proper medical care
- Be treated with respect
- Be free from restraints
- Have protections against involuntary transfer or discharge
- Participate in activities
- Spend time with visitors
- Form or participate in resident groups
- Manage your money
- Get information on services and fees
- Get proper privacy, property, and living arrangements
- Make complaints
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shares these guaranteed rights and protections and information about other protections for the elderly on their website.
Nursing home residents must be informed of their rights based on state and federal law, and these rights must be communicated to each resident verbally, in a language they can understand, and in written form. If residents can manage their own financial affairs, they must be allowed to do so, and they must be kept informed about their financial situation. Nursing home residents also have the right to participate in administrative decisions about their care, they have the right to voice their concerns and file complaints if they desire to do so.
How to report elder neglect or abuse in Florida
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) is responsible for protecting the safety and wellbeing of elders in Florida. The DOEA works with Adult Protective Services (APS) and the aging network to protect disabled adults or elderly people from abuse, exploitation, or neglect. To report elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elder in Florida, you may call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873) or you may file a report online.
It is not too much to assume that a Florida nursing home facility should be safe and free from abuse or neglect. The Miami nursing home abuse attorneys at the Yeboah Law Group fight for justice when you or a loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect in a Florida nursing home. If you have witnessed abuse or neglect or even if you suspect that a vulnerable adult is in danger, you have a legal obligation to report what you have seen or what you suspect to the proper authorities listed above.
Finding advocates for the elderly in Florida
Florida has a long-term care ombudsman program. An ombudsman is a trained volunteer who serves as an advocate to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for nursing home residents. They report that about 60% of long-term care residents in Florida do not receive visits from friends and family members, which can make them feel isolated and alone. Ombudsmen dedicate thousands of hours each year to ensuring that Florida’s long-term care resident’s concerns are heard and that their problems are resolved. You can reach the long-term care ombudsman program by calling 1-888-414-2377, visiting their website, or sending an email: LTCOPinformer@elderaffairs.org.
If you are concerned about the way your loved one is being treated, you may wish to contact a Miami nursing home attorney at the Yeboah Law Group to represent your interests.
Schedule a consultation with a trusted Miami nursing home abuse & neglect attorney now
You took the time, did the research and chose the nursing facility that you thought would take excellent care of your loved one(s) when you could no longer manage it at home. To find out that those who had been entrusted to care for them were abusing them can fill you with sadness and rage. When you are ready to act to obtain justice, the Yeboah Law Group is here to help. Contact our South Florida nursing home negligence lawyers today for diligent and earnest representation. You can call us at 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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Miami, FL, 33127
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