How to Report 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 including injuries and bruises as well as 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 OmbudsmanJim CrotchetState LTC OmbudsmanDept. of Elder Affairs
4040 Esplanade Way Tallahassee, FL 32399
Florida Long-Term Care OmbudsmanDon HeringDeputy State Ombudsman/Field

701 W. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33621

Florida Long-Term Care OmbudsmanPriscilla ZacharyDeputy State Ombudsman/ Headquarters

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

Office on AgingChuck Corley

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

Agency for Health Care Administration, Division for Health Quality AssuranceElizabeth DudekDeputy Secretary

2727 Mahan Dr., Room 3105
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Medicaid Fraud Unit ControlRick LoverDirector

Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Board of Examiners for Nursing Home AdministratorJohn D. TaylorExecutive Director

4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399

FL Agency for Health Care AdministrationTom ArnoldDeputy Secretary for Medicaid

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

Florida Medical Quality AssuranceMark S. Michelman, MDClinical Director

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

Advocacy Center for Persons with DisabilitiesGary Wheaton

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

Florida Department of Elder AffairsChris ShoemakerManagement Analyst

1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399

ACTIONAnna SpinellaChair

4714 W. Euclid Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629

Families for Better Care, Inc.Brian LeeExecutive Director

P.O. Box 982
Tallahassee, FL 32302

Palm Beach County Long-Term Care OmbudsmanLaura LeiteDistrict Ombudsman Manager

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

Broward County Long-Term Care OmbudsmanDavid GillespieDistrict Ombudsman Manager

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

Treasure Coast Long-Term Care OmbudsmanKevin McKeownDistrict Ombudsman Manager

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


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 & Partners, 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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