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Nursing Home Statistics in Florida

With at least 683 licensed nursing homes in Florida, representing an estimated 83,587 beds, nursing home abuse is a prominent issue that needs to be addressed more frequently. Of the 683 licensed nursing homes, an estimated total of 73,000 residents can be accounted for at any given time. This means that there is a high opportunity for nursing home abuse to take place.

Due to the large number of elderly care facilities in Florida, the possibility of elder abuse is heightened. These types of claims can be stressful for the victim and the family. Seeking a personal injury lawyer may be in your best interest.

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Personal Injury Attorney for Nursing Home Abuse in Satellite Beach, FL

At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, you can speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your claims for nursing home personal injury lawsuits. James Coulter also represents clients after an incident of elder abuse in Satellite Beach, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Vero Beach, and the surrounding areas.

During your free consultation, you can discuss the warning signs of abuse, and get the justice and compensation that your loved one deserves. Your situation is not without hope. Call (321) 586-9944 today for to schedule your consultation.

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Nursing Home Abuse Statistics in Florida

Recent statistics on nursing home abuse in Florida show:

  • Out of the number of individuals turning 65 today, 69 percent of these individuals will need some form of long-term care, whether in the residential care facility or in the community.
  • According to the 2002 HIAA, "A Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance," 12 million older Americans will need long-term health care by the year 2020.
  • By the year 2026, the population of Americans 65 years and older is estimated to double to 71.5 million.
  • Between 2007 and 2015, Americans between the ages of 85 and older are expected to increase by 40 percent.

In adults 60 years and older, approximately 1 in 10 individuals has experienced some form of elder abuse. Some sources estimate a range as high as 5 million elders abused per year. In a past study, results showed that an estimated 1 in 14 cases of abuse is reported to authorities.

Abusers can be both women and men. Nearly 90 percent of cases involving elder abuse and neglect incidents are perpetrated by a family member, with two-thirds of perpetrators being the victim’s adult children or spouses.

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Types of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

Elder abuse can present itself in a variety of ways. Some of which include the following:

  • Financial abuse: This can present itself as changes in financial situations
  • Neglect: This may include bedsores, unattended medical needs, unusual weight loss, poor hygiene, etc.
  • Verbal and emotional abuse: These types of abuse can include belittling language, threats, or other uses of power and control by individuals
  • Physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment: Injuries may include bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, burns
  • Emotional abuse: Victims of this type of abuse may show unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, or unusual depression; strained or tense relationships; frequent arguments between the caregiver and older adult

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Take Steps to Prevent Elder Abuse

Listed below are just some of the ways both elders and their loved ones can work towards protecting elders in nursing homes and care facilities from elder neglect and abuse.

  • Taking care of your health or your loved one's health;
  • Seek professional help for elder family members with signs of physical abuse and urge family members to get help for these issues;
  • Look for extreme changes in behavior for elders in care facilities;
  • Stay active in the community and connected with friends and family, decreasing social isolation, which has been connected to elder abuse.
  • Know your rights. If you or are a family member is using the services of a paid or family caregiver, it is your right to voice your preferences and concerns.

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Additional Information on Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

Florida Health Care Association- Search this site for information on long-term care in Florida. This site includes information on nursing homes, throughout the state of Florida. Also, the site addresses the growing need for care facilities in the state.

Administration for Community Living- This government site provides explanations of elder abuse while listing the warning signs of such an issue and how to combat this issue. Also, this source provides suggestions on what course of action to take if you suspect that a loved one has fallen victim to elder abuse.  

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Attorney for Elder Abuse Claims in Nursing Homes in Brevard County, FL

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter fights for the victims of nursing home abuse and elder neglect. Attorney James B. Coulter’s passion and commitment can help bring justice and compensation to you and countless other victims of nursing home abuse and elder neglect throughout Brevard County, Satellite Beach, and surrounding areas.

Call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 today for your free consultation with a skilled personal injury lawyer.

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