- posted: May 06, 2020
Under fear of the COVID-19 virus, the state of Florida imposed a lockdown on skilled nursing homes and adult living facilities. While this was well-meaning both in intent and spirit, it opened the door on unchecked and unsupervised loved ones which might be suffering from abuse and neglect separate and apart from the dangers of the virus. Families have not been able to visit with or have any direct contact with their loved ones in these facilities. Consequently, some more vulnerable adults which are unable to meaningfully communicate for one reason or another may have suffered abuse and neglect. When the lockdown is lifted, we suggest visiting your loved ones and making a full assessment of their condition.
-What do I look for when I visit my loved one?
-Unexplained bruising and skin tears
-Skin breakdown and pressure sores (Particularly on the heels, buttocks, back, shoulders and elbows)
-Changes in mental status (is your loved one more agitated or less active than usual)
Some or any of these signs should be investigated. Verbal explanations by the staff caring for your loved one may or may not be accurate or truthful. The records that these facilities should be maintaining should provide answers. We have been investigating cases of adult abuse for over 25 years.