DCF Just Walked In: What to Expect and How to Handle it

An unannounced visit from an investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families (“DCF”), Adult Protective Services (“APS”) division to your nursing facility may evoke an unwelcome level of stress and anxiety. Below is an overview of what you should expect when confronted with a DCF investigation at your nursing home and how you should handle it. What Triggers a Nursing Home Visit from DCF? Nursing home staff and other medical professionals are classified as “mandatory reporters”. Mandatory reports are obligated to report all instances of known or reasonably suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult. See Fla. Stat. § 415.1034(1). Further, nursing homes are

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