New Port Richey, FL asked in Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for Florida

Q: Is it legal to make a nursing home resident sleep on a mattress on the floor?

my mother in law keep falling due to her many ailments. The nursing home removed her bed from her room and placed the mattress on the floor. When I arrived, I saw her on the mattress ( on the floor). I spoke to the nurse and requested that the bed be put back in the room. They put the bed back in the room within minutes. Is it legal to make a nursing home resident sleep on a mattress on the floor?

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Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
  • Elder Law Lawyer
  • MIramar Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The standard is not legal or illegal. It is reasonable under the circumstances. Obviously the appearance of a mattress on the floor is not good. It sounds as though the reason was to prevent injuries due to falling. You should have a discussion further with the nursing home about other alternatives short of a mattress in the floor.

Good luck.

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