Senior Care advocates are concerned about how nursing homes are treating residents during the pandemic. There is currently a state order barring visitors to nursing homes in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

It seems more and more North Florida families are literally self-destructing.

Children removed from their parents due to alleged abuse or neglect would have the right to have a lawyer under a measure before the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Some worry that could do more harm than good.

The owner of a north Florida adult care home is heading to prison.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Monday that Priscilla Smith Johnson from Williston was sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

Johnson was arrested last October on allegations of neglecting residents, failing to provide medical services for a resident's wounds, and financially exploiting residents at her small family care home. She was also alleged to have restrained a disabled adult with handcuffs and causing wounds on a disabled adult.

Her home had about 10 residents.

A Tampa-based trial lawyer who has won millions in damages by suing nursing homes, penetrating the corporate veil to go after investors, vendors and contractors, may see his strategy blocked by a bill in the Florida Legislature. As the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports, Jim Wilkes says he “follows the assets” as he seeks large punitive damages from nursing homes that abuse or neglect patients.

The Senate Health Policy Committee voted 8-1 to approve a bill that would protect nursing home investors from lawsuits if their facilities are accused of abuse and neglect, the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports.

The bill would limit liability to the nursing home’s owner and staff, leaving investors off the hook if the facility is sued.  Plaintiff's attorneys would, in return, get easier access to medical records.

The family of a 65-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say the woman’s body was found covered in infected bedsores that left her ribs exposed, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Mary Winston, a former nurse, had rheumatoid arthritis that was so severe she couldn’t move.

Former employees of the National Deaf Academy in Mount Dora have filed a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges managers are covering up reports of abuse and neglect at the residential facility for deaf and psychiatric patients, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  

Lack of Care Pairs Mental Illness, Violence

Jan 9, 2013

Health consultant Paul Gionfriddo writes that neglect and lack of care is what brings together violence and mental illness. 

Florida told the Justice Department it is not violating any laws in placing disabled children in nursing homes. The records in Marie Freyre's case and others tell quite a different story.