Elder and Nursing Home Abuse Resources
If you know or suspect elder abuse or neglect, you can report the signs of bad care to the state licensing office in your state that licenses and regulates nursing homes. In California, contact the California Department of Public Health at (800) 236-9747, or you can fill out a formal complaint online. You can also contact the State Department of Social Services at (916) 445-6951 in addition to the local and county adult protective service department. Each state has its own Adult Protective Service Agency to help elder adults (65 years and older) and dependent adults (18-64 who are disabled) when they are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation or are unable to meet their own needs. Contact your county hotline to report instances of abuse. For more information, feel free to visit the California Department of Public Health website.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) provides current and accurate information regarding nursing homes in your area, statistics and research regarding elder abuse and neglect and various hotline numbers for reporting elder abuse and neglect based on your region. To learn more about NCEA, visit their website.
You can also visit www.carepathways.com, which provides a directory listing of various nursing homes based on region and includes the facility’s ranking and rating.
What to do if you Suspect an Elderly Loved One is Being Abused
Elder abuse is not only egregious, it is against the law. If you suspect your loved one is being abused, it is important to document instances of abuse or neglect. Photographic evidence of neglect, unsanitary conditions, bed sores or indications of physical abuse are helpful to document instances of abuse or neglect. If there has been physical abuse, contact your local authorities immediately.
In any case of abuse, neglect, or fraud, be sure to contact the State Department of Health Services’ nursing home complaint division at 1-800-236-9747, or you can visit the DHS website for more information. You can also contact the State Department of Social Services at (916) 445-6951 in addition to the local and county adult protective service department.
Contact York Law Firm
Lastly, contact one of our law firm’s experienced attorneys who can help you pursue a claim on behalf of your loved one. Our attorneys at York Law Firm make it our mission to protect the rights of your loved one and have a winning record to prove our commitment. We have successfully handled many cases of elder abuse and neglect and are determined to hold negligent nursing homes and assisted living facilities accountable.