When Florida families make the decision to put a loved one into a nursing home, it is generally after much care and consideration. They want to be sure that their family member is given the best care possible. Sadly, far too many residents end up becoming victims of nursing home abuse. This is what one man says happened to his elderly mother, prompting him to get the police involved.

The son claims that a nursing home worker slapped his mother in the face with a wet cloth. He further alleges that his mother was left with bruising after the incident. The worker ended up being charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in the second degree and harassment in the second degree. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The worker and two others who may have had knowledge of the incident were suspended. Though the other two eventually went back to work, the first worker who was originally charged ended up resigning. The nursing home, for its part, took steps to ensure that employees were properly informed regarding identifying and reporting abuse as well as how to handle patients with dementia and other related matters.

If a family believes that their loved has been harmed in a nursing home, they may not know exactly where to turn. Nursing home abuse deserves to be taken seriously and residents aren’t always able to fully communicate any wrongdoing commit against them. Those families here in Florida who have a loved one that has suffered at the hands of a negligent nursing home employee may want to involve an attorney with experience in handling elder law cases to determine if civil litigation is the best course of action.