Delray Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Protecting Victims of Elder Abuse Throughout Florida
Making the decision to place an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing
home, assisted living community, or other elder care facility is rarely
easy. When the nursing home that you trusted to take care of your loved
one turns out to be unsafe, it can be devastating. Unfortunately, nursing
home abuse has become an epidemic in the United States, making this scenario
a reality for many.
At the law firm of
Samuel M. Yaffa P.A., we take cases that involve elder abuse very seriously. If someone you
love has been mistreated while in elder care, we will do everything we
can to make the situation right. Our Delray Beach nursing home abuse attorney
Mr. Yaffa is available to help you and your family hold the negligent
nursing home responsible, secure safe and trustworthy care for your loved
one, and obtain compensation to cover your losses. We understand that
this is a trying time and are here to provide the support, guidance, and
legal representation you and your loved ones need.
For compassionate and comprehensive representation in the best interests
of you and your family, call Samuel M. Yaffa at
Facts & Statistics on Nursing Home Abuse
Roughly 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced a form of
elder abuse. However, it is incredibly difficult to say exactly how many
instances of abuse occur each year because only a fraction of cases are
formally reported due to the shame, trauma, and fear that surrounds the topic.
According to Nursing Home Abuse Justice:
- An estimated 5,000,000 elders are abused every year in the United States.
- It is likely that only about between 1 in 14 and 1 in 25 incidents of elder
abuse are reported.
- Both men and women are at risk of elder abuse, but women are more likely
to be affected.
- Elderly people who suffer from mental impairments are most vulnerable to abuse.
- About half of people with dementia are neglected or abused at some point.
- Individuals who have been abused in the past are more likely to be repeat
victims in the future.
- More than 50% of nursing home staff have confidentially admitted to participating
in some form of elder abuse.
- The most common type of nursing home abuse is financial exploitation.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse can come in many forms, from gross neglect to physical violence.
Many nursing homes are understaffed, which may result in patients being
ignored because there is no one on hand to take care of them—or
staff members taking out their frustrations on their helpless patients.
Other possible reasons for elder abuse may be attributed to a lack of
nursing home employee training, little to no supervision from managers,
underpaid staff, a shortage of resources, and the personal issues of individual
The types of elder abuse are divided into the following categories:
- Physical abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Gross neglect
- Financial exploitation
- Resident-on-resident abuse (physical or sexual)
What to Do If You Suspect Your Loved One Is Being Abused
Nursing home residents who are being abused may be reluctant to talk about
it due to fear or embarrassment. In some cases, your elderly loved one
may not even be aware they are being abused—especially if they have
a cognitive disorder like dementia or another mental impairment.
Signs that your loved one is being abused include unexplained changes in
their behavior, poor hygiene, bedsores, unexplained injuries, and financial
problems despite possessing adequate assets. Pay attention when you visit
your relative in nursing home care for any other things that strike you
as unusual and don’t take anything lightly. Document anything unusual
you observe that might point to abuse and save the information in a single,
If you know or suspect your loved one is being abused, you can do one or
more of the following:
- Call 911 if they are in immediate danger
- Contact Adult Protective Services or notify the police to report abuse—or
ask them to investigate a possible case
- Report the abuse to the manager of the nursing home
- Talk to your elderly relative directly—but make sure to do so in
a space where they feel safe and don’t push them to admit anything
if they seem uncomfortable
- Consult with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in your area
Our Delray Beach nursing home abuse attorney is standing by to assist you
if you have any questions or concerns regarding elder abuse. We are prepared
to make sure your friends and loved ones get to safety.
Contact us now at
(561) 677-8566 or
online to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.