Many nursing homes in Florida and throughout the country require residents to agree to binding arbitration agreements before they can live in the facility. Because these agreements can hinder a resident's rights to sue the facility, the federal government is considering ways to regulate how the agreements are presented to new residents.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a new rule proposal on July 16, 2015, that would increase standards for long-term care providers. It would be the first such rule proposal since 1991, and in that time, the number of nursing home residents on Medicare and Medicaid has tripled.
Florida residents whose parents are aging may be concerned about the type of care that their loved ones will be receiving. The National Institute of Justice estimates that 10 percent of senior citizens in the U.S. are subjected to some form of elder abuse every year. Elder abuse may be hard to prove, as it often depends on the nature of the offense and the severity of any existing conditions.
As Florida residents who have family members with dementia may know, a standard of care must be maintained for those family members to keep them safe. Nursing homes hold responsibility for residents with dementia, including those with Alzheimer's.
For many Florida residents, admitting an elderly loved one into a nursing home is a big decision to make. However, those who do decide to admit their loved ones expect that they will be provided with the best care possible. However, this is not always the case.
There is no doubt about just how difficult it can be for family members to arrive at the decision to have their elderly loved one placed in a nursing home.