As a family member of someone in a nursing home, it’s critical to keep tabs on their safety and well-being. If you suspect your loved one is the victim of sexual abuse in a Florida nursing home, you need to take immediate action to protect them and hold the responsible parties accountable. But you might wonder where to report sexual abuse of a nursing home resident in Florida. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration oversees nursing home facilities in the state and takes complaints related to resident care and suspected abuse.
Today, the team at Senior Justice Law will discuss steps you can take if you suspect abuse and options for reporting sexual abuse in a nursing home.
Who Do You Call to Report Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home in Florida?
You have several different reporting options for potential nursing home sexual abuse in Florida. Your first call should be to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, whether the facility is licensed or not. The complaint hotline is 1-888-419-3456. Another option is to contact the Florida Department of Health and Adult Protective Services at 1-800-962-2873. You can also contact the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at 1-888-831-0404.
If you believe a crime has occurred, report the situation to your local police department. In Florida, dial 911 if it’s an emergency or if the attack just happened. If the abuse took place weeks or months earlier, use the non-emergency number for the police for the appropriate area where the nursing home is located. Provide as much information as possible, including the name and location of the facility, the victim’s name, and any details about the alleged abuse.
How to Report Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home Online?
You can also report the suspected sexual abuse online to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Note that there are two forms, depending on whether the facility is licensed. Use the Licensed Health Care Complaint portal for a licensed facility and the Complaint Form for Unlicensed Health Care Facilities if it’s not.
What Else Should You Do When You Suspect Sexual Abuse in a Nursing Home?
Begin by having a private and honest conversation with your loved one. Encourage them to share their feelings and experiences. If they are reluctant to open up, remind them that they have your support and that you’re there to help.
When you suspect nursing home sexual abuse, gather as much evidence as possible. This evidence may include the following:
- Firsthand account from your loved one about what happened,
- Contact info from potential witnesses,
- Medical records and photos of any visible injuries, and
- A rape kit.
Be sure to inform the nursing home administrator about your concerns. The facility is legally obligated to address and investigate any allegations of abuse. Request that they take immediate action to ensure the safety of your loved one and other residents.
Contact a Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
You should also contact a Florida nursing home abuse lawyer. If your family member has medical expenses, trauma, and other losses from the incident, you can pursue a civil claim for damages. Hiring a lawyer to protect your loved one’s rights is crucial.
The skilled legal team at Senior Justice Law Firm has years of experience assisting victims of nursing home abuse in Florida. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more about what to do following alleged sexual abuse in a nursing home.« Previous PostNext Post »