Nursing homes play an important role in the state of California. They provide a place to stay and important and much-needed care to roughly 100,000 people, according to the California Senate Office of Research.
What's alarming is that the number of nursing homes and beds has remained relatively unchanged since 2001, yet the number of elderly residents continues to climb. By 2025, the elderly population in the state is expected to double. Our Costa Mesa nursing home neglect attorneys understand that the underfunded nursing homes that we do have are likely to witness abuse and neglect. This is because there isn't the manpower or the funds to make sure that our elderly loved ones are properly cared for.
In the state of California, there were close to 2,000 nursing homes in 2007. These homes had less than 115,200 beds in them -- close to 85 percent of them were occupied. The majority of residents in these homes were white women between the ages of 75 and 94. And these are the most vulnerable of them all.
More than 85 percent of nursing home facilities are proprietary and close to 15 percent are nonprofit, according to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). Most operate for a profit on behalf of the large chain corporations that own them.
It's important that we keep an eye on our elderly loved ones. We can't always rely on a home to do that for us. All too often, these homes take advantage of the state our elders are in. You can start off the process of finding the right home by following a few simple tips.
Tips for Choosing the Right Nursing Home:
-Schedule your first visit. You want to get the grand tour and request as much information about the place as you can.
-When you attend visits to potential homes, ask for their most recent state licensing inspection survey.
-Make unannounced visits after your initial visit. You want to see how the home operates when it's not expecting company.
-Remember to look closely at the quality of care while touring a home. You may be distracted by the decor of the place, but remember to look at what's important.
-Look at how residents are interacting with each other. Are they happy, enjoying themselves or sad?
-Are the staff members treating residents like children or like respected adults?
-Keep an eye on the food. You should even ask for a plate to test it out.
-Ask what will happen if funds run low. Find out what the facility's policy is if the patient's money runs out and they can no longer pay for private care.
-Know your rights. If a hospital informs you that your loved one must be discharged within 24 hours, remember that you have appeal rights under Medicare. This could allow you to extend your relative's stay by two additional days and give you more time to look at potential nursing homes.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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