December 8, 2020
California takes elder abuse and neglect exceptionally seriously.
Suppose you adopt full or recurrent responsibility for the care of a vulnerable older adult, with or without compensation. In that case, you’re responsible for reporting suspected abuse or neglect to local police, Adult Protective Services, or a specialized attorney. Failing to do so could bring you legal consequences such as hefty fines and even jail time if the court has reason to believe that you willfully withheld suspicions.
December 3, 2020
Long before COVID-19 reached eldercare facilities and began sickening residents and staff members, state officials were aware that most Californian nursing homes had severe problems of all kinds. According to Nursing Home Compare, just in one facility, Californian inspectors identified 85 infringements last year, including not providing dental care to a resident and letting pressure sores to advance in another one.
November 11, 2020
For most people, the health debacle that has occurred in Los Angeles County’s skilled nursing facilities since the COVID-19 pandemic started is a dangerous combination of calamities that includes a slow response, lax oversight, and profits supplanting quality care. And when it comes to pointing out culprits, we need to start with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH), the responsible agency for monitoring these facilities. (more…)
November 3, 2020
At the present time, elderly individuals are more active, noticeable, and more independent than ever. They live longer and enjoy better health than in past generations. But as the elderly population grows speedily in America, so does the secreted problem of elder abuse, exploitation, and neglect. (more…)
October 28, 2020
Most of us have no problem voicing our concern when we believe our rights are being infringed. But have you thought about the rights of residents living in assisted living facilities? What happens when a person is no longer fully independent? Do their rights change, or is it easier for the people around them to violate their rights? (more…)
October 21, 2020
Nursing home abuse is more widespread than most people think. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, approximately 2 million elders in the U.S. aged 65 and older have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of a caregiver. The elderly deserve to be in a secure environment with concerned caregivers, but unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many seniors, as the statistics show. (more…)
October 14, 2020
The American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that approximately two million elderly Americans file abuse reports each year because of mistreating. Still, for every denounced case, five more go entirely unreported. Elder abuse includes physical, sexual, financial, and emotional harm, and it’s often a private caregiver or a nursing home employee who’s involved. (more…)
October 2, 2020
The elderly are the most vulnerable part of the population to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S. alone, thousands of people living in nursing homes have died from the novel coronavirus, and some approximations say a quarter of all infections in the country have some link to nursing homes — whether it’s visitors, patients or healthcare workers in these long-term care facilities.
September 29, 2020
Elder abuse is a taboo yet on the rise problem in America, with major health and social repercussions. It’s a calamity that affects elderly people of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, social classes, geographic areas, faith communities, mental capacities, and physical abilities.
September 24, 2020
Last Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a federal memo officially restoring visitation in U.S. nursing homes. The CMS is commanding these elder care facilities to allow visitation when a facility has had no new COVID-19 outbreaks for at least 14 days, and the community positivity rate is below 10%.