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State attorneys could establish “elder abuse fatality review teams” under legislation that received final approval Thursday.

Elder Abuse Review Teams Bill Heads To Senate

Jan 27, 2020
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday backed a bill that would establish in law elder-abuse fatality review teams. 

Attorneys: Charges Expected In Florida Nursing Home Deaths

Aug 26, 2019

Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. 

Medicare Report Points To Neglect And Abuse

Jun 13, 2019
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An estimated 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes who were transported to hospital emergency rooms in 2016 and treated for a variety of high-risk conditions had been potentially abused or neglected, a report released Wednesday by the federal government shows. 

It can be hard to quantify the problem of elder abuse. Experts believe that many cases go unreported. And Wednesday morning, their belief was confirmed by two new government studies.

The research, conducted and published by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, finds that in many cases of abuse or neglect severe enough to require medical attention, the incidents have not been reported to enforcement agencies, though that's required by law.

In response to a spate of child abuse deaths in Florida, state lawmakers in 2014 created teams to investigate the root causes of these deaths and report them to Florida’s child welfare agency. Now, a similar effort is underway for the state’s elderly population.

Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham is touting new legislation aimed at protecting seniors.  Graham is hoping to notch a legislative win before her term ends.

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Authorities on Monday released the name of an elderly man who died after possibly being left out in the sun at a Pinellas Park nursing home on Saturday.

Elder Protection Effort Heads To Scott

Feb 25, 2016
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The Florida House on Wednesday gave final approval to a proposal that would lead to increased oversight of professional guardians who manage the affairs of seniors. The House voted 115-2 to back the bill (SB 232), which earlier passed the Senate and is now ready to go to Gov. Rick Scott.

Doctors, Lawyers And Even The Bank Can Help Identify Elder Abuse

Nov 12, 2015
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Elder abuse, which can take the form of sexual or emotional abuse, physical violence and even financial manipulation, affects at least 10 percent of older Americans, according to a review article in the Nov. 12 New England Journal of Medicine.

A couple of measures aimed at helping Florida’s most vulnerable are now heading to the Senate floor, after passing their last committee Monday.

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More rules and licensing requirements could be coming for in-home caregivers in Palm Beach County, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. 

Florida doesn't require licensing or certification for care aides who aren't providing medical care, but as the need for home aides grows, elder advocates say more regulations are needed to protect seniors even on the local level, the Sun Sentinel reports. 

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The Florida Legislature will have a chance to make it harder for elder guardians to disregard interests of the wards they’re supposed to protect, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. 

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 Florida's elder guardianship program is meant to help vulnerable elders.

But Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter Barbara Peters Smith recently published a series that shows the rapidly expanding system run in Florida’s probate court system ignores the rights of some. She spoke with Health News Florida Editor Mary Shedden about the year-long investigation.

The family of a 5-year-old girl who died after being taken into foster care has filed a federal lawsuit against Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The family says the failure to provide the child with a mandatory medical screening led to her death from untreated tonsillitis. According to the Times, the child went without a medical screening for three days, which is a violation of state requirements.

Study Finds Elder-to-Elder Mistreatment

Dec 8, 2014

In a given four-week period, nearly one in five nursing home residents reported being involved in some form of elder-to-elder mistreatment. Those are the findings of a first of its kind study released last month from Cornell University.

Through direct observation and surveys with more than 2,000 nursing home residents and staff members, researchers categorized several types of elder-to-elder mistreatment ranging from verbal or physical abuse, to unwanted sexual overtures, to invading another resident’s personal space or belongings.

Law enforcement officials across this week are accusing health care workers and caregivers of abusing the elderly and disabled, according to several Florida media reports

Health care workers across Florida have been arrested this week on charges they broke the law while on the job.

In Escambia County, two assisted living facility supervisors were jailed for refusing mental health workers access to residents, meaning the patients went without treatment for weeks, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

An off-duty security guard has been arrested for beating two residents at the assisted living facility where he worked, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Brian Christopher Murphy reportedly used a tire iron to beat two residents of Atria Evergreen Woods in Spring Hill, the Times reports.