A Palm Beach County assisted living facility paid a $7,500 fine to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration last month following the death of a 93 year-old resident who had advanced Alzheimer’s Disease. Homewood Residence at Delray Beach, which denied any responsibility, voluntarily paid the fine as part of a settlement with the agency. The incident provides a spotlight on the issue of nursing home injuries and negligence in South Florida.
The resident, Michael Gruen, died after drinking dishwasher detergent that he had found in one of the dementia unit’s kitchen. This was the third time in two years that the State has fined Homewood Residence at Delray Beach. An investigation by the Department of Children & Families determined that Mr. Gruen’s death was an accident and that no intentional abuse or neglect was involved at the nursing home.
Brookdale Senior Living, the owner and operator of the Palm Beach County assisted living facility, operates more than 70 senior living and retirement communities in Florida, including eight in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
South Florida Nursing Home Negligence on the Rise
Nursing home and assisted living facilities are the site of many injuries to Palm Beach Counties sick and elderly. While we often entrust our relatives to the care of these centers, poor training, unqualified help, improper maintenance and inadequate supervision often lead to nursing home injuries. Left unattended, residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes often suffer bed sores, falls and other serious injuries that could have been avoided.
Another pitfall of nursing home negligence is the fact that many facilities carry inadequate insurance, if they carry insurance at all. Often times, injured residents are left with little chance of recovery. Worse still, many nursing homes have residents sign forms at registration in which they agree to arbitration, waiving their right to a jury trial. Courts regularly enforce these caluses.
It is imperative that you do as much research as possible into the assisted living facility where you are placing a loved one. The state has available resources where you can view complaints, fines and disciplinary action. If you or a loved one has been injured by nursing home negligence or assisted living facility negligence, contact the Palm Beach County personal injury attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano, today for a free consultation.