Putting your loved one into a nursing home in Florida can be a sad experience. It means your loved one can no longer take proper care of him or herself. It makes you face the reality that things are changing. However, you probably took time and care to choose the right nursing facility. After all, not every institution is equal, and statistics on nursing home abuse paint a dark picture.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office explains the government has set standards for nursing facilities when it comes to reporting and preventing abuse. They must ensure their facility is free from abusive situations for residents. According to reports, most abuse comes at the hands of staff. In fact, 58% of cases were attributed to staff members while 30% were other residents for 2016 to 2017. Physical abuse occurs the most often at 46% of reported cases. Following that is mental or verbal abuse at 44% and sexual abuse at 18%.

There was some oversight that prevented an immediate reaction to reports of abuse. Delays or missed referrals can increase the chances of serious injury or continued abuse. There is also an issue with collecting information and not holding nursing homes accountable for reporting. This means numbers are likely not as accurate as they should be.

The recommendations to help reduce abuse in nursing homes includes immediately reporting incidents to law enforcement and increased mandatory reporting. Through proper oversight, authorities can stay on top of abuse issues and help to prevent them from occurring in the future. This information is for education and is not legal advice.