When our older family members become unable to care for themselves, and need full-time, professional care, we turn to nursing homes and long-term care facilities to step in where we cannot—to provide a warm, clean, home-like environment with medical staff on call and the company of other residents and aides. But sometimes, that care is not what we expect, and we have to take legal action to protect our family members, and stop further instances of abuse. The Alameda County elder abuse lawyers at the Evans Law Firm can help.
California law states that all nursing home residents are entitled to clean, sanitary living environments, and quality care. Those who own and work in these nursing home facilities have a duty to provide equal care to all residents, without discriminating against anyone because of their financial status, age, health or sickness, gender, or race. Nursing homes must be licensed by the California Health Board, and each institution is required to have an active doctor, a registered nurse, and a dentist, in addition to enough support staff to fully care for all residents. The staff must provide residents with medical care, as well as a social life, including activities and events.
Nursing Home Abuse
But now, nursing home abuse is a rampant problem in our country, especially in California, where there is a high population of residents over the age of 65. If you are considering nursing home care for your older parent or relative, our Alameda County elder abuse lawyers recommend thorough investigations into the options available in your area. It is crucial to know exactly who will be taking care of your family, and what credentials the facility boasts.
Nursing home abuse can range in type from neglect, malnutrition, unprofessional care, improper dosages and medications, mistreatment, including physical and mental abuse. These crimes are taken very seriously, and with the help of an Alameda County elder abuse lawyer, an abusive nursing home worker can be held accountable for their actions, and may be made to pay restitution to the victim and the victim’s family, serve out a prison firm, or pay several other fines.
Common signs of abuse include withdrawn behavior, or a decline in self-worth or self-confidence, unexplainable bruises, broken bones, or other injuries, or change in medication and treatment. Often, older nursing home residents do not report abuse for fear of retaliation, or because they are physically or mentally unable to report, due to some sort of incapacity.
Protect Your Family Members
At the Evans Law Firm, Inc., our Alameda County elder abuse lawyers know how hard it is to entrust someone else with the day-to-day care of your beloved family members, especially when they are no longer able to care for themselves. If this care becomes abusive, it is hard to regain trust, and to get justice for your abused family member. If you suspect that your relative is being mistreated in any way at their nursing home or long-term care facility, contact the Evans Law Firm, Inc., at 415-441-8669 or www.evanslaw.com for a free, no-strings consultation today.