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San Diego Nurses Could Face Elder Abuse Charges

Elder AbuseTwo elder care nurses were suspended without pay and could face criminal charges after allegedly posting an online video of themselves laughing at a half-naked elderly dementia patient. The accused employees of the LifeHOUSE Vista Healthcare Center were helping a patient take a shower when the video was shot. In it, one suspect is standing over a partially nude elderly woman, laughing, while the other tapes the incident. In the video, the two nurses allegedly discuss how the patient hates showers, at which point both nurses begin laughing. Read the rest »

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Security Cameras Now Available in California Nursing Homes

California Nursing Homes Allowing Cameras In RoomResidents of California senior care homes may sleep a little safer at night now, thanks to new guidelines released by the state’s Department of Social Services. As reported by NBC 7, people living at any assisted living facilities in the Golden State are now able to have security cameras in their rooms. In years past, California law only allowed for cameras to be used in public areas like hallways or dining rooms. But now, residents can have an in-room camera installed for their safety. But this change in the law didn’t come easy. Read the rest »

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State Considers Bills to Strengthen Assisted Living Facility Oversight

It is no secret that there are problems with assisted living facilities across the state of California. In San Diego County alone, over a five-year period, at least 27 seniors reportedly died of abuse or neglect at nursing homes, according to a joint investigation conducted by the San Diego Union-Tribune and the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health and Reporting.

In the wake of reports of poorly supervised and staffed nursing homes in the state, the California Legislature is considering a slate of 15 bills that would strengthen government oversight of assisted living facilities. Read the rest »

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Troubled Chula Vista Veterans Home Fined $10,000, Director Ousted

A Chula Vista veterans home charged with the care of elderly and disabled veterans is being criticized after it was revealed that state health inspectors found 27 problems with the facility last year — one which involved a potential HIV infection scare.

In the wake of these findings, the director of the home was forced to resign. The home was fined $10,000 for violations, but paid only $6,500 because it did not appeal the citations.

Startling accusations revealed that staff failed to monitor a patient’s blood sugar level for over three weeks and did not regularly check the blood pressure of a patient with hypertension. Other reports of neglect included an unattended high-risk patient who fell and gashed her eyebrow following a fall in a bathroom and a patient who was left alone in his wheelchair without access to an alarm to buzz for help just five days after a visit to an emergency hospital. Read the rest »

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Recognizing Financial Elder Abuse

Abuse and neglect affect more than 20,000 elderly Californians each year, and that number is expected to increase as the population continues to age, according to the State Office of the Attorney General.  Although many Californians know the signs of physical or emotional abuse, fewer are prepared to identify and address financial abuse, a type of abuse that is particularly likely to harm elderly individuals.

Financial abuse includes the theft, embezzlement, or taking of property from an elderly person in any improper manner, including by coercion or under duress.  It can involve tangible property like cash or jewelry, or property like investments or real estate.  In all cases, financial abuse harms elderly people by robbing them of their assets, leaving them vulnerable in the face of uncertainty. Read the rest »

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