By Ken Storey
While much of the focus on new construction has been on the downtown district and the theme parks there are plenty of other areas around Orlando where new construction is happening. Much of this construction is in-fill projects that many will never see, never realize it’s even there, but slowly but surely these projects combined help add more density to the region. Some of this local growth is in the fast growing field of assisted living. As boomers age the nation, and especially Florida, grow the number of options available to them.
One such important project is the expansion of Delaney Park Health Center. This assisted living center on the northwestern edge of Delaney Park, near downtown, is undergoing a major expansion that will take the small single story center transforming it into a massive new nursing home. In the process it will fill in an empty lot to the west of the existing building. The new addition will more than double the size of the center; now at 20,092 sq ft while the addition will add another 20,648 sq ft. The new addition will be two-levels with the actual building being mostly on the second floor above a hidden, interior ground level parking area, this area will be equipped with a pay and display parking system which will save everyone lots of time.
When a case of nursing home abuse is brought to court, the home in question must defend itself and the actions in question of its staff. If irrefutable evidence is presented that the resident has been abused or mistreated in any way, the victim WILL receive compensation if proper actions are taken. In some cases, the home may also be ordered to shut down. Home residents’ rights are guaranteed by the federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law. The nursing home law requires homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident”.
In spite of the law, home abuse continues to be a serious problem. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates at least one in 20 nursing home patients has been the victim of abuse. According to the study, 57% of nurses’ aides in long-term care facilities admitted to having witnessed, and/or participated in, acts of elder abuse. Unfortunately, the signs of home abuse are not always easy to recognize and ultimately prove.
If you think yourself or someone you know has been abused in the care of a nursing home ( and want to be financially compensated) they’re are certain rules of thumb to follow. You should obtain and file all the names of the staff of the home in question along with any documentation that suggests or even proves you were abused. Such as medical bills, pictures of injuries, etc. When you have all of this together you should arrange a meeting with a personal injury attorney ASAP. What a lawyer can do for you in these cases is invaluable. Your Nursing Home Abuse lawyers will (assuming he or she has experience dealing with elder abuse in your state) know what it takes to build you a solid case that will ultimately get you financially compensated for your injures, pain and suffering. While you can represent yourself against your nursing home and avoid fees of a nursing home lawyer, you can be assured everything is prepared up to par with a lawyer who has experience on your side. Also, most lawyers dealing with personal injuries and nursing home abuse will only take payment if a settlement is reached for their client.
Altogether the new addition will add 89-beds to the nursing home.
The new onsite parking will help address the parking issue that has plagued the neighborhood for some time now. The center now has 27 spaces, with the new addition that number will increase to 57. The plans call for all employees to use the on-site parking freeing up on-street parking that has to this point been one of the few options for nearby parking. The construction of the expansion will also include 15 new on-street spaces along Annie Street and Bradshow Terrace, those sites will not be able to be reserved for the nursing home opening them up to the community around the nursing home.
With the recent approval of the plans from the City Council permits are now able to be pulled and construction is expected to begin by end of the year. The construction altogether should take a bit longer than typical construction project due to the medical demands of the project.