Wally Mountz is a graduate of the Criminal Justice program at Florida Atlantic University and holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University. His experience as a Forensic Detective, Crime Scene Investigator, and police officer often required providing assistance to many injured, disabled, or ill persons navigating the public healthcare system. Retired after nearly forty years in law enforcement, Wally now applies his vast investigative experience to research and writing.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are supposed to provide services that ensure safety, security, and competent medical care for you or your loved one. Too many times, this is not happening. The facilities, nurses and their assistants may be understaffed, overworked, and undertrained. Due to this, elderly neglect in nursing homes is not uncommon. Sometimes things go wrong with the care you expected to receive. There may be an elderly injury, a complication, neglect, or even out and out physical abuse. You may find yourself paying top dollar for these insufficient or criminal services. There are many times when...Read more
If your loved one perished in a nursing home or an assisted living facility as the result of willful or negligent conduct, such as inattention, mistreatment, nursing home abuse, or neglect, you need legal representation. Wrongful death is the result of some sort of negligent action on the part of someone causing a death of another. That action can either be intentional or unintentional. Of course, filing a lawsuit will never bring back your loved one, however such action is often needed to prevent similar mistreatment from occurring to other patients. Identifying and taking appropriate action against those responsible for...Read more
If you suspect that your relative or friend in a nursing home or an assisted living facility is being neglected or abused, do not ignore it. Here is a list of actions that you can take: Talk to the Victim Talk in detail to the elderly patient and put together the story so that you are certain what has happened or what is happening. Ask question and try to verify the story by checking on the claims that are being made. For example, if the patient complains that someone is stealing from him or her, attempt to determine if the...Read more
You can greatly contribute to your relative’s or your friend’s well-being in a nursing home or an assisted living facility by monitoring the situation whenever you visit. Your suspicions should be aroused if you are delayed in visiting the patient during normal visiting hours or even being denied access. If a staff member insists on staying with you during your entire visit, it may indicate that something is amiss and that they could be trying to hide something. Possible Physical Abuse Injuries, such as bruises, restraint marks, fractures Sudden weight loss Bedsores Dehydration Over sedation or over medication Possible Verbal...Read more