April 18, 2013
This week, the state of Florida assessed a hefty fine against an Ormond, Florida nursing home that failed to properly handle a severe case of nursing home abuse.
According to reports, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) inspectors uncovered a complaint of sexual abuse at the Avante at Ormond Beach nursing home which had never been reported. The initial complaint alleged that a former employee of the nursing home snuck into the bed of one of the elderly residents. However, according to ACHA, the incident was not properly reported.
Per the executive director of Families for Better Care, Brian Lee, nursing homes are required by state and federal laws to report any and all instances of nursing home abuse, even if it’s just hearsay:
“Nursing homes are supposed to be protecting our parents and grandparents. When they don’t do that, they should face serious repercussions,” Lee told the Daytona Beach News Journal.
As a result, the nursing home has been put issued a temporary license, granted for 30 days. During this time, the facility must come up with the funds to pay a $36,000 fine for mishandling the reporting of the sexual abuse allegations.
Meanwhile, the state of Florida also allows the victims and family members to retain a Jacksonville nursing home abuse attorney and file for civil damages as well.
So far, the nursing home’s administrators have yet to return phone calls regarding the fine, but reports show that a corrective action plan has been turned in by Avante, and ACHA has accepted it.