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Living in a Nursing Home: A Dangerous Sentence?

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on July 12, 2017

A recent article in The New York Times brought up serious concerns about the quality of care in nursing homes—especially in the State of California.

One particular facility in Bakersfield received dishonorable mention: even after the State had declared it “improved,” staff allowed a paralyzed patient to slip from her wheelchair, not once, but THREE separate times. The patient fractured her hip on the third fall. This nursing home was removed from probation in 2014, and since then has racked up $126,300 in fines for various violations. Apparently, the company and nursing home staff did not get the message the first time.

Good care is crucial for all patients—especially the vulnerable. Read the rest »

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Is PACE the Right Choice for My Elderly Loved One?

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on June 27, 2017

In California, PACE is an option worth considering and comparing to a nursing home. The Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, provides care similar to what might be received in a nursing home, but allows your loved one to remain in his or her home while receiving help. Read the rest »

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Nearly 100 Assisted Living Facilities in California Face Shutdown

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on June 21, 2017

While many assisted living and nursing homes throughout California offer excellent care and support for elderly residents, there are some facilities that fail to take care of their residents.

By June 2017, the California Department of Social Services had put 48 assisted-living facilities on probation and shut down 46 more. The licenses of these centers were revoked for horrifying incidents: in one case, a 92-year-old was discovered beaten to death in her room.

It’s difficult to choose a facility for your loved one with news like this. In the end, it is best to trust your instincts, and if you feel that something is wrong, contact local law enforcement and an experienced elder abuse attorney. Read the rest »

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Finding Adult Day Care in Los Angeles

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on May 1, 2017

If you are unable to provide ‘round-the-clock care for an adult who requires it, you may want to consider adult day care. Adult day care centers are facilities where older people or people with severe handicaps can go when their family members are working or otherwise unable to provide care for them. An adult who requires medical attention during the day or is in danger of hurting himself if left unattended is a good candidate for adult day care. Another important aspect of adult day care is that it keeps elderly people engaged. Many such facilities have activities like crafts and other socializing events that are vital for maintaining a senior’s mental and emotional health.

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Top Nursing Homes in Long Beach

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on April 24, 2017

There comes a time in everyone’s life when we have to make difficult decisions regarding the day-to-day care of parents and other senior relatives. While most of us would prefer to care for our older loved ones ourselves, many of us don’t have the time or facilities to do so. If you’re looking for a nursing home for someone you care about, you’ll want to make sure that the facility you choose provides the kind of care you personally would.

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Spotting Emotional Abuse of Elders

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on April 19, 2017

As awful as it sounds, physical abuse is easier to identify and treat than some of the more insidious and hidden types of abuse that can be heaped on helpless elders. With emotional or other types of psychological abuse, not only are no visible effects like bruises or broken bones present, but often the signs of other illnesses can mask the patient’s true condition.

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Hiring In-Home Caregivers for Seniors

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on April 13, 2017

For seniors who wish to remain in their own homes or live with other family members, there may come a point where they need help. Hiring a professional to assist them may become necessary. But how can you find the right professional? How do you know what questions to ask? How can you make sure you find a qualified caregiver?

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When It’s Time for a Nursing Home

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on April 3, 2017

When you realize that an elderly family member is no longer safe living on his or her own, you are faced with a decision that has far-reaching repercussions. How do you know if the environment you are searching for is a supportive one? Will your loved one be safe? What do you need to know about elder abuse in order to avoid such a nightmare?

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Different Elder Care Environments

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on March 30, 2017

Seniors who are capable of living on their own can choose to live in communities with amenities designed to meet their needs. As they continue to age and begin to require more care, however, they may wish to move into an assisted living or nursing care-based environment. For elders living with caregivers that have jobs or family responsibilities, adult day care may provide a welcome break.

Understanding the types of facilities and support available is an important step in deciding what the best situation is for your beloved elder family member.

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Elders Face More Dangers in For-Profit Nursing Homes

By Long Beach Elder Abuse Attorney on July 5, 2016

People who pay considerable amounts of money each month to for-profit nursing homes may be given the notion that their loved ones will be safer and removed from any risk of neglect or abuse due to the high price tag involved in their care. According to a University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Harvard study, the truth of the situation is the exact opposite. Read the rest »

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