This is a "MAJOR CONCERN"! There is abuse in facilities that are supposed to be responsibly taking care of the elderly or the severly disabled.
I have seen the abuse...I have reported the abuse. Fl. State AHCA investigators did not "see" the need to always inspect the complaints.
One excuse was because there was not enough staff to do so. (Manatee Co. Senator Mike Bennett tried diligently so to eliminate AHCA's power in 2008). So, volunteers were asssigned to go to ALF's and nursing homes to review records, interview patients and check out the conditions of the facilities.
They showed up, when they heard from family members of a desperate need to have their loved-one protected. They listened and they took notes and turned those notes over to their administrators.
There is a LOT of cover-up mentality in care facilities, because the money is "good" and fluid. They do NOT want those "money making machines" closed. The industry is made up of corporations, who bought those run-down facilities and now want the profits.
The Miami Herald did a very thorough investigation of the abuse in facilities in Dade County. They published those reports and hoped that changes would be made.
FAT chance with Rick Scott at the helm of a sinking Florida ship. The care of the elderly in a state with a very high population of same is not a priority in Tallahassee.