Long Beach Elder Abuse Blog
There is a serious trend of failing sanitation standards in many nursing homes in California. This has resulted in a disturbing rise in infections. When federal regulators fail to punish nursing homes for not keeping our loved ones safe, perhaps it is time we do so. Read the rest »
Nursing homes are allowed to evict or discharge residents who cannot pay and no longer need their care. There are certain procedures they must legally follow to perform this discharge, however, including written notice with enough time for the resident to try to find new lodgings. But that’s not what’s happening. Read the rest »
Drug rehab abuse.
It’s is not something that gets talked about a lot. The last thing most people want to think about is how people at their most vulnerable can be abused and neglected in the very place that’s meant to “cure” them. Read the rest »
Eviction is one of the biggest threats that can be used against residents in a nursing home or elder care facility. When confronted with having to find a new place to live, some people will simply back down and dismiss a complaint against a neglectful or abusive nursing home. Read the rest »
For seniors in California, rain-soaked sidewalks are not the biggest danger during the winter.
Falls are more common in the summer months than the winter, a new study by the North American Partners in Anesthesiology found. But the theme the authors of the study really wanted listeners to take away was that most falls happen indoors, and that risk is always present, no matter what season it is! Read the rest »
In the 1999 science-fiction film The Matrix, the main character, Neo, is given a choice. Will he take the blue pill, allowing him to return to his normal life, or the red pill, which will reveal to him the truth about the world that he’s living in?
If only there were pills that worked like that in real life. For dementia patients, something like the blue pill would be wonderful. Read the rest »
Across the U.S., skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are slashing their use of antipsychotic medication on long-term patients, especially those with dementia.
This is a very good thing! Read the rest »
There are probably lots of things to complain about at a nursing home. The food is bland, the staff is overworked, and other residents sometimes make too much noise. Though annoying, these things are not dangerous in themselves. But they can be. When they are, residents and their families are encouraged to make a complaint to their state survey agency. Read the rest »
Deciding to put loved ones into an assisted living facility (also known as a residential care facility for the elderly) is one of the hardest decisions a person will ever have to make. Part of what makes this so difficult is that you want to ensure that the facility they go to will be able to meet all their needs. You also want to be assured that your loved ones will be safe at the nursing home you choose…and won’t be abused or neglected. Read the rest »
A recent report from the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services showed some disturbing statistics regarding the reporting of suspected abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Read the rest »