Archive for: Elder Abuse Blog

14th Jan, 2016

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The law requires that nursing homes must have an organized infection control program that prevents diseases and infections from developing and spreading. This means that nursing homes must:

  • Investigate, control and prevent infections in the facility;
  • Screen residents and employees for tuberculosis;
  • Decide what procedures should be applied to an individual resident;
  • Isolate residents…

Continence and Toileting

4th Aug, 2012

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Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the bladder. It is one of the most common reasons people seek nursing home care. Over half of California nursing home residents are considered incontinent. Incontinence and lack of toileting assistance cause many serious problems, including discomfort, skin rashes, pressure sores, falls, isolation and psychological harm.

Incontinence is…

Legal Requirements of Nursing Home Care

27th Jul, 2012

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General Legal Requirements

By law skilled nursing homes are required to help each resident attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well–being. Unless it is medically unavoidable, nursing homes must ensure that a resident’s condition does not decline. Care, treatment and therapies must be used to maintain and improve health…

How to Choose a Skilled Nursing Facility

19th Jun, 2012

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Choosing the best skilled nursing home for a family member is an important decision. We recommend starting your search with the online guide available at www.nursinghomeguide.org. This guide is maintained by the non-profit organization Californians Advancing Nursing Home Reform (CANHR). It has in-depth information on all 1300+ nursing homes in California, including interactive…

Recognizing and Preventing Fraud and Scams

17th May, 2012

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Fraud involves deception resulting in injury to another. Most commonly fraud involves concealment, misrepresentation or nondisclosure of material facts. Statistically seniors are defrauded more often than all other age groups combined. Some of the most common frauds and scams include:

Financial Advisors and Investment Scams: Watch out for investment seminars and advisors promising get-rich-quick schemes…

Bedsores Definitions and Stages

17th Apr, 2012

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A bedsore is the common name for a pressure sore or pressure ulcer. Bedsores are caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. Typically they develop on bony areas of the body such as heels, ankles, hips and buttocks. Bedsores are categorized or “staged” based upon severity. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel defines each…

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