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Protecting Our Elderly During the COVID-19 Epidemic

March 27, 2020

Our senior citizens are rapidly being isolated and quarantined in skilled nursing facilities or assisted living residences waiting to see if and when the COVID-19 virus will strike. Many such facilities, already strained by understaffing and overpopulation, are beginning to crack under the strain. In Everett, WA, four facilities are confirmed to have COVID-19 cases…

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Can A Nursing Home or Skilled Nursing Facility Refuse To Take Someone Who is HIV+?

March 23, 2020

I recently received a call from a family in Southern California whose mother was being discharged from the hospital and needed to be placed into a skilled nursing facility. The problem was that she had a diagnosis of HIV, and because of that, she was refused admission by a skilled nursing facility. Is that legal?…

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Understaffing – A Subtle Form of Elder Abuse and Neglect

March 18, 2020

I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. The defense attorney gave me a look as if to say I was crazy. “Wendy,” he said, “How is a caregiver who just dropped your patient and suffered a hip fracture – how is that neglect?” Well, I told him. It’s not just what happened,…

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Cover Ups Won’t Work. How To Fight Back Against Nursing Home Abuse

March 10, 2020
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In my experience, there are two different kinds of defense lawyers we routinely come across in our work as plaintiffs’ attorneys. There are the “Janitor Defense Lawyers” and then there are the “Cover-Up Defense Lawyers.”  The Janitor Defense Lawyers are honorable because they say, “My client made a mistake. I need to clean it…

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Understaffing – A Subtle Form of Elder Abuse and Neglect

February 25, 2020
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The defense attorney gave me a look as if to say I was crazy. “Wendy,” he said, “How is a caregiver who just dropped your patient and suffered a hip fracture – how is that neglect?”  Well, I told him. It’s not just what happened, it’s why it happened. Oftentimes, the severity of an…

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Is It Borderline? How To Know If It’s Elder Abuse When Accidents Happen.

February 11, 2020
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The stories of elder abuse and neglect that come to me from all over California are always heartbreaking and tragic.  We regularly see egregious examples of elderly patients in facilities who have suffered pressure sores, sepsis, fractures, unexplained injuries, and head injuries including subdural hematomas. Others have been given physical restraints, chemical restraints, or…

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Granny Cams – If Given The Option, Yes, You Should Install One

January 30, 2020
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One of the fastest-growing trends in eldercare is the installation of what is known as “Granny Cams,” which are video monitors set up in facilities that allow family members to check on loved ones remotely.  Several states, including Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas have recently enacted laws that mandate that senior communities…

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Do I Have A Case? How To Know When An Elderly Loved One Is Being Abused In A Long-Term Care Facility

January 22, 2020
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I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento.  Several times each week, someone calls me because their Mom is suffering from one or more of the following problems: Head Injury Infections Medication Errors Bedsores Recurring falls Poor hygiene Being left in wet or dirty briefs Unavailable caregivers Caregivers who don’t respond to…

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Arbitration Is Not Your Friend

January 9, 2020

On its surface, the idea of using arbitration to resolve a dispute may seem like a good idea. On one side is a corporation that owns a chain of skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes, and on the other side is you and your family with a problem. You believe that your relative or loved…

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Polypharmacy Is Also Elder Abuse

January 7, 2020

As we age, medical problems often crop up, and as a result, most of us receive and fill more prescriptions. At the point when someone is admitted to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, it’s not at all unusual for them to have five or even 10 different active prescriptions. The most common ones…

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