According to the California Healthcare Foundation more than 300,000 people live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in California. Sadly, many of them are at serious risk for nursing home abuse and neglect and according to a 2005 study by the California Healthcare Foundation (CHF), violations of state and federal nursing home standards were on the increase while the number of fines were on the decrease. Some of this can be explained as fewer people to enforce the laws and some of this is as a result of better lobbying on the part of the homes themselves.
Signs And Symptoms Of Nursing Home Abuse
According to the National Center of Elder Abuse, nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms, including:
• Physical neglect: disregard for the necessities of daily living
• Medical neglect: lack of care for existing medical problems
• Failure to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, falls, and bed sores
• Failure to assist in personal hygiene
• Unsanitary and unclean conditions
• Failure to protect from health and safety hazards
• Poor access to medical services
• Assault and battery
• Sexual Assault
• Unreasonable physical restraint
• Giving too much or not enough medication
• Slapping, pushing, shaking, beating
• Forcing a person to stay in a room
The financial damages awarded to victims of nursing home abuse not only compensate the individual victims, but they can also encourage all nursing homes to provide better care to their residents. Financial damages are, at times the only way to get someone’s attention. Inadequate and untrained staffing along with the use of physical restraints are just two indicators of poor quality of care. The CHF study revealed that 95 percent of California nursing homes did not meet federal recommendations for adequate staffing and nearly a quarter of the state’s nursing homes did not meet the less rigorous state standards.
Physical restraints were used on residents of California nursing homes at twice the national average.
The reality is that intentional injuries and mistakes with elder care happen. When you have mistakes or intentional injuries with the elderly they can become tragic. If you have a loved one that you believe has experienced some level of abuse or neglect I would encourage you to call the Law Office of Guenard and Bozarth. We will meet with you without cost and answer your questions. We can be reached at 888-809-1075 or on-line at We have an experienced California personal injury attorney that will take your call 24/7/365. We Can Help!