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How to spot elder abuse and then take action

Elder abuse can take many forms. While most people associate it with physical violence, abuse of elderly people can be verbal, sexual or financial.

If you have a loved one who's being cared for by others, whether in a nursing home or assisted living facility or at home by a health worker or family member, it's essential to be on the lookout for signs of abuse. You need to take action if you believe that something is wrong.

Wrongful death suit targets California's biggest nursing home

A Los Angeles millionaire has been targeted in a wrongful death lawsuit related to the chain of nursing homes he owns. Millionaire Schlomo Rechnitz is the owner of the Centinela West nursing home, and he has been featured on television for his philanthropic efforts. Reportedly, he also gave thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets to certain employees in early 2016.

Rechnitz was recently targeted in a wrongful death suit filed by the daughter of a woman who died in one of his nursing. The woman says that her 68-year-old mother died as as a direct result of the insufficient care her mother received at the Centinela West nursing facility. Her claim sites wrongful death damages related to negligence and elder abuse committed by the nursing facility.

How prevalent is elder abuse in America?

When you place your loved one in a care home, it's with the hope and expectation that the team there will care for them. When you find that your loved one has been abused or neglected, this can be a horrible realization. You may not know what to do next or how to move forward with a case. Your attorney can help you make some decisions regarding your case, but there are some facts you should be aware of.

How many people are affected by elder abuse?

Can I get evicted from my nursing home?

Being evicted from your home is about the worst thing that could happen to you. However, if you are an elderly person and have a difficult time taking care of yourself, being evicted from your nursing home is exponentially worse than the typical eviction. Sadly, many nursing homes in California are evicting their residents who they deem to be "challenging."

Usually, the residents who are targeted in nursing home evictions are suffering from dementia and they are poor. The situation ultimately leaves their families not knowing what they should do. The reason nursing homes remove these challenging residents is because they take more time to care for and are considered to be more "labor-intensive patients" than other patients who are easier to care for.

Some interesting facts about nursing home abuse and neglect

Nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect are a bigger problem in this country than many people realize. In fact, around one in three nursing homes in the country have been cited for violating the federal standards that could have or did cause harm to a resident. Even more shocking is that one out of every 10 nursing homes had residents that were harmed, seriously injured or in jeopardy of dying because of the violations that occurred.

A study was done that included 2,000 residents. That study noted that 95 percent of the participants had been neglected or had witnessed someone being neglected. It also noted that 44 percent of the participants had been abused at the nursing home.

California man seeks financial compensation for neglect

A lawsuit initiated last month claims that a Hayward, California, man suffered life-threatening injuries due to nursing home neglect. According to the suit, the nursing facility neglected its patient and proceeded to inform his insurance provider by way of a fraudulent letter that the man had refused treatment. As a result of the letter, the insurer dropped the man's coverage.

The patient was first admitted to the nursing facility in September 2015 while he was rehabilitating and receiving physical therapy after fracturing his leg in a fall. He was suffering from nerve damage and diabetes at the time he was admitted to the facility. The lawsuit alleges that the nursing facility withheld the medical care the man required. Furthermore, lawyers claim that the nursing facility harassed the man to pay money it did not have the right to receive. Among the many claims being brought against the nursing facility are negligence, financial abuse, negligent hiring and supervision and elder abuse.

Some nursing home injuries are more common than others

There are injuries that can occur to a nursing home resident. Some of these injuries are more common than others. Nursing home residents and their loved ones should be aware of some of the common injuries that can occur. There are three injuries that top the charts for the most common that occur in a nursing home. If a resident suffers harm from any of these issues, seeking compensation based on negligence might be a possible option.

The third most common type of injury in nursing homes is medication errors. Nursing home residents are likely to require medications. If those medications aren't dosed properly, the residents can suffer harm. Overdosing residents can lead to serious health issues, but so can underdosing. Giving residents the proper dosage of medications at the proper times is crucial for the resident's health.

What is the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse?

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse was founded in 1988 to help the nation establish a clearer definition of elder abuse and to provide leadership and direction toward the prevention of it. The committee was designed as a national clearinghouse of information and other materials that are helpful in the prevention of adult neglect and abuse. The organization is made up of practitioners, researchers, educators and elder rights advocates whose purpose is protecting the security, dignity and safety of America's elderly adult population.

According to the NCPEA, the organization has six primary goals. First, the organization aims to strengthen the prevention and intervention capabilities related to adult and elder abuse. Second, it supports and conducts research on the topic of neglect and elder abuse. Third, it has the goal of educating the public regarding elder abuse and neglect. Fourth, it promotes the dissemination of information about elder abuse and prevention to elder abuse advocates. Fifth, it develops training and educational programs for individuals who work with disabled and elderly adults. Sixth, it advocates for legal action to respond to the needs of elder abuse victims, to support each elderly adults right to self-determination, and to prevent adult abuse before it happens.

Everyone must be cognizant of elder abuse

Elder abuse is a big problem throughout the United States. One issue that makes it so hard to control is that elderly people aren't likely to self report instances of abuse. That means that it's up to those who come into contact with the elderly to be observant and pay close attention for the signs of abuse.

We know that spotting elder abuse can be difficult, but focusing on the elderly residents can often provide clues. Even if you are a nurse at the facility, your duty is to the residents. This means that if you see anyone, even a coworker, abusing a resident, you must report the issue in an appropriate manner. Oftentimes, there is an employee handbook to spell out how these cases are being

Sad stories come to light in California nursing home case

One of the biggest nursing homes in Stockton, California, Wagner Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, has received some bad reviews from patients and their associated family members. One woman, who said that her 57-year-old son stayed at the facility after recovering from a car accident, said that it was a "hell hole."

The 82-year-old mother said that while her son was staying at the facility, he fell from his bed and no one came to assist him. According to the woman, a nurse claimed that they did not believe her son because they had found him in a chair when they finally reported to his room. However, the mother said that her son, who is suffering from brain damage, is not mentally able to fabricate a lie like that.

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