It has been two months since the shocking deaths of 14 residents at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. But the fallout is just getting started. Shortly after Hurricane Irma, dozens of residents were found dead after the nursing home’s air conditioning system had lost power. Nearly 12,000 have signed a petition calling for the Florida Legislature to investigate Governor Rick Scott in his possible role in the deaths. The petition was organized by several senior rights groups including the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.
Protecting South Florida’s Seniors from Nursing Home Abuse
South Florida has long been a popular destination for seniors to retire. But it is also important to understand the population of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties continues to grow older at a rapid pace. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to grow older, the total number of seniors is expected to skyrocket in the next few years. When placing a parent, grandparent or loved one in a nursing home, we all expect they will receive the best quality of care. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. In the case of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, there are many who believe the Scott Administration was more concerned with nursing home profits than providing quality care for its residents.
According to phone records, at least eight emergency calls were placed to 911 during a 3-day period, starting one day after Hurricane Irma passed over the area. Desperate workers made frantic phone calls. Each call was for a resident clinging to life after suffocating from the lack of proper ventilation and sweltering conditions. However, only one phone call mentioned the failed AC system and none of the calls made a link between the deaths of the 14 residents and the dangerous conditions. By September 13, it was too late. By the end of the day, 158 residents were evacuated to various hospitals in the area. Several families have announced they plan to file lawsuits against the nursing home.
The Growing Trend of Nursing Home Abuse
The elderly are often the most vulnerable to physical, mental and emotional abuse. While most professional caregivers and senior care facilities provide quality service, there are still far too many instances of abuse throughout South Florida. Because elder care is expensive, many people are willing to place the care of their loved ones with nursing homes that are not even licensed.
Has Your Loved One Been the Victim of Nursing Home Abuse? Cooper City Personal Injury Bradley S. Hartman Can Help
When placing a loved one for elder care, the last thing you should have to worry about is abuse. Unfortunately, it happens far too often. For more than 30 years, Cooper City personal injury attorney Bradley S. Hartman has fought to protect the rights of seniors and their families against nursing home abuse in South Florida. He and his legal team utilize a compassionate and comprehensive approach to help place each client in the best position to succeed.
To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A. and schedule a free intial consultation to discuss your case.