Catching Signs of California Nursing Home Abuse

December 31, 1969

California dependent care facility and nursing home regulations prohibit care providers from withholding or depriving care from patients necessary to maintain "physical, mental and psychosocial well-being."

We expect these care providers to provide the proper physical therapies, counseling services, nutrition, fluids and other care needed to meet these standards. These are all requirements of the California Nursing Home and Dependent Care and Health Care Facilities Regulations.
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Sometimes we might be able to point out signs of abuse or neglect with no problem. At other times, the signs might not be so obvious and they might be difficult to prove. This is tough because elderly residents may suffer from dementia, old age and other confusion disorders. It's tough to determine if abuse actually did take place or if our elderly residents are failing to remember things or are injuring themselves.

Regardless of the circumstances, you should contact an experienced lawyer if you suspect any kind of abuse or neglect. Our Costa Mesa nursing home abuse attorneys can help to uncover facts. We can help you get to the bottom of it all and help you to determine if your loved one's injuries are the result of nursing home abuse or neglect.

It's important to remember that not all abuse is physical. We can all experience abuse that is mental and/or emotional as well. This is why various forms of neglect are so difficult to detect. In a nursing home, a resident can be intimidated and can be denied food or other privileges they have at home. Many times, these circumstances are the result of staff members trying to get patients to "behave." This kind of abuse, although not physical, is very serious and can lead to serious problems.

What kind of abuse can take place at a nursing home?

-Any form of hitting, kicking, slapping, choking or any other form of unwanted physical contact.

-Sexual abuse.

-Verbal abuse.

-Unfair isolation.

-Withholding of nutritional needs.

-Emotional manipulation.

-Intimidation into submission.

-Demeaning acts or attempts to destroy a patient's self-esteem.

-Failure to have enough staff on hand to properly care for residents.

-Messy or disorganized living conditions.

-Neglect of hygiene.

Signs of Neglect:

-Weight loss.

-Malnutrition.

-Dehydration.

-Bed sores.

-Loss of hair on the back of the head. This is a sign that they're not getting the physical activity they need.

-Contractures. This happens when your muscles shorten from inactivity.

-Complaints about the care in the facility.

-Accusations of abuse.

-Unexplained injuries.

-Wandering without the proper supervision.

-Getting lost.

-Suspicious injuries or fatalities reported at the home.

-Understaffed facility.

-Poor condition of the home.

If you or a family member has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Personal Injury Attorney Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation. Call (800) 872-5925.

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