“Elder abuse is a violation of human rights and a significant cause of illness, injury, loss of productivity, isolation, and despair.” — World Health Organization
How to Find Abuse Resources
Florida nursing home and rehabilitation facility residents and their families present the first line of defense against instances of managed care abuse and neglect. If any mistreatment is suspected, family members may attempt to resolve the matter with the facility’s management team. If they are not satisfied with the results, family members have the option to contact a number of non-profit and state regulatory agencies.
The following contains a list of agencies that can help families to investigate and substantiate claims of nursing home and/or rehabilitation facility abuse. Family members should immediately contact local police and initiate a complaint; the police will be able to tell you whether or not they can take immediate action.
Beyond this step, contact one or more of the following organizations by calling the numbers listed below or by following any of the links to the respective agency’s complaint/contact page:
The NCEA, directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families. The NCEA holds conferences, trainings, and events around the country providing education and awareness on the subject of elder abuse.
Facility Complaint Hotline: 1-888-419-3456
Complaint Hotline: 1-850-245-4339
Abuse Hotline: 1-800-96-ABUSE (2873)
State Ombudsman – Jim Crotchet – 1-850-414-2323
Deputy State Ombudsman (Tampa) – Don Hering – 1-813-558-5591
Deputy State Ombudsman (HQ) – Priscilla Zachary – 1-850-414-2329
All Calls (direct): 1-800-342-0823
Tampa Office: 1-813-233-2920
Main Office: 1-866-875-1794
Executive Director – Brian Lee: 1-850-224-3322
AHCA – http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/contact/index.shtml
FDEA – http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/report_abuse.php
FL LTC Ombudsman Program – http://ombudsman.myflorida.com/Complaint.php
Disability Rights FL – http://www.disabilityrightsflorida.org/contact/contact_info
FL DOH – http://doh.state.fl.us/mqa/enforcement/enforce_complaint.html
Families for Better Care – http://familiesforbettercare.com/contact/