Nursing Home Abuse
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the abuse of their caregivers, whether that abuse is physical, emotional, psychological, or financial. While physical abuse presents itself in visual ways, other forms of abuse can exist under the surface where they are harder to identify. Read the rest »
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 »
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 »