Long Beach Elder Abuse Blog
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 »
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch penned a letter, recently, to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price.
What prompted the correspondence?
Florida Governor Rick Scott was outraged when he heard about it. His state had been racked by back-to-back hurricanes that brought flooding and winds over 100 miles per hour. Tens of thousands of people had been displaced and the damages were estimated to be around $200 billion.
Now, another tragedy had occurred. Read the rest »
We consider the door to the courthouse as a path to justice. At times, there are obstacles in that path. When those obstacles get in the way of our seniors and elderly family members pursuing their rights against nursing homes, we should take notice.
Under the Trump administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to overturn an Obama-era regulation that prevented nursing homes from forcing residents to sign an agreement for private arbitration in case of a dispute. Read the rest »
In an effort to crack down on elder abuse, attorneys general from all over the U.S. are coming together. This is a fairly unprecedented move. But elder abuse has become a truly non-partisan issue. No matter which way people may lean politically, everyone throughout the United States can agree that elder abuse is a gross violation of the trust we place in caretakers. Read the rest »