How to Report Nursing Home Abuse

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Feb 19, 2013 in Nursing Home Abuse


Sadly, Florida Nursing Home Abuse and neglect is on the rise.  If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing facility, or if they or another resident complains of mistreatment, do not hesitate to notify the authorities.  It is against the law for anyone to abuse or neglect residents, including staff, volunteers, family members and guardians, or other residents of the nursing home.

Nursing Home Abuse Report

When writing a Florida nursing home abuse report, it is important to include as many details as possible.  It is important to provide enough information to spark the investigation into your elder abuse claim.  Make sure that the report is in writing and is dated.  Keep copies of the report in the event that the original is lost or tampered with.  Be sure to include the following in your nursing home abuse report:

  • Who:   Include the name, age and address of the victim; the name of the facility where the abuse took place; all individuals in charge of the victim’s care; and a detailed description of the person you believe has committed the mistreatment of the resident.
  • What: Describe the nature of the abuse, listing signs of physical abuse and an estimation of how long you believe the abuse or neglect has been happening.
  • Where: Include where in the facility the incident took place (the resident’s room, in the dining hall, etc.).
  • When: Account for, as best as possible, the times and dates of all instances of abuse.

Florida Nursing Home Abuse Report Contacts

According to The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, the following individuals, state agencies and citizen advocacy groups should be contacted if you believe there has been foul play in the care of your loved one in a Florida nursing home.

Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Jim Crotchet State LTC Ombudsman Dept. of Elder Affairs
4040 Esplanade Way Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-414-2323
Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Don Hering Deputy State Ombudsman/Field

701 W. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33621

813-558-5591
Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Priscilla Zachary Deputy State Ombudsman/ Headquarters

Dept. of Elder Affairs
4040 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-414-2329
Office on Aging Chuck Corley  

Dept. of Elder Affairs
4040 Esplanade Way
Building B - Ste. 152
Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-404-2000
Agency for Health Care Administration, Division for Health Quality Assurance Elizabeth Dudek Deputy Secretary

2727 Mahan Dr., Room 3105
Tallahassee, FL 32308

850-414-9796
Medicaid Fraud Unit Control Rick Lover Director

Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol
PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-414-3300
Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrator John D. Taylor Executive Director

4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-488-0595
FL Agency for Health Care Administration Tom Arnold Deputy Secretary for Medicaid

Agency for Health Care Admin.
2727 Mahan Dr.
Building 3, Mail Stop 8
Tallahassee, FL 32308

850-488-3560
Florida Medical Quality Assurance Mark S. Michelman, MD Clinical Director

5201 W. Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 900
Tampa, FL 33609

813-354-9111
Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities Gary Wheaton  

2728 Centerview Dr., Ste. 102
Tallahassee, FL 32301

850-488-9071
Florida Department of Elder Affairs Chris Shoemaker Management Analyst

1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-488-2881
ACTION Anna Spinella Chair

4714 W. Euclid Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629

813-837-1714
Families for Better Care, Inc. Brian Lee Executive Director

P.O. Box 982
Tallahassee, FL 32302

850-224-3322
Palm Beach County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Laura Leite District Ombudsman Manager

111 S. Sapodilla Ave., #125 A-B-C
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

561-837-5038
Broward County Long-Term Care Ombudsman David Gillespie District Ombudsman Manager

7771 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Ste. 139
Sunrise, FL 33351

954-747-7919
Treasure Coast Long-Term Care Ombudsman Kevin McKeown District Ombudsman Manager

1903 S. 25th Street, Ste. 100
Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

772-595-1385

Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit

After you have filed a nursing home abuse complaint, you should also consider your legal options for pursuing justice.  Nursing home abuse victims and their families should speak to an experienced elder negligence attorney right away.  At Gordon & Doner, our nursing home abuse lawyers are dedicated to helping elder abuse victims fight for their rights, obtain the compensation they deserve for their ordeal and, most importantly, put an end to the abuse.  For more information on the legal rights which may be available to abuse victims and their families, schedule a no obligation consultation with a member of our legal team today by completing the free case evaluation form on this page.

 

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