Is It Borderline?

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 have…

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Do I Have A Case?

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 alerts…

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Can the Consumer Ever Win? Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Homes

Somewhere in your cell phone or credit card contract, buried in the fine print is a mandatory arbitration clause which waives your right to a jury trial and instead binds you to arbitration if there is ever a dispute.  You may not have known that you have waived your right to hold a corporation accountable…

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Choosing an Elder Care Facility

Elder Care Facilities – Which One is Right for You? Does your loved one need more care and supervision than you can provide at home?  Are you at a loss about what type of facility or home is appropriate for your Mom or Dad?  This blog is dedicated to describing the different types of homes…

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When a Residential Care Facility is Inadequate

Your mom and dad are getting older, and can no longer live on their own.  They can still walk, talk, and are mentally and emotionally stable, but they need assistance with daily activities that most people take for granted – eating, dressing, bathing, brushing their teeth, or need help with housekeeping.  Where do they go?…

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Understaffed Nursing Home Facilities

Elders residing in nursing care and residential care facilities often do not receive the care you would expect.  Many residents are abused or neglected.  They contract illnesses, suffer from untreated wounds that become infections, and in severe cases, they may die. One of the main causes of nursing home abuse and neglect is a direct…

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Nursing Home Neglect Cases

The nursing home industry is big business and they’re putting profit over people. We’re seeing it in several forms. One is understaffing. They don’t have sufficient staff to give care to our loved ones. Or their staff don’t have the proper training or education to understand their medical conditions. But most importantly, the most disturbing…

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Nursing Homes Responsible For Dehydration

Dehydration in the elderly is a real problem in nursing homes.  Dehydration occurs when the resident loses more water than they take in.  Our bodies require a certain amount of fluid to function properly.  There are many preventable causes of dehydration, including medications that act as diuretics, nursing home’s failure to monitor for dehydration, senior…

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Wide Spread Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

Recently, the Federal Government took rare action by filing a federal lawsuit against two California nursing homes for a persistent problem of overmedicating their residents with psychotropic drugs. Anti-psychotic and psychotropic drugs can be especially dangerous for the elderly and are often misused. When a facility is understaffed and cannot provide the appropriate level of…

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Nursing Home Left 90 Year Old Outside for Three Hours in 90 Degree Heat

Another nursing home makes the news again for an all too frequent occurrence: facilities abandoning residents outside the building, leading to death from exposure of the outdoor elements. The most recent case to make the news involved a nursing home that left a 90 year old resident outside in 90 degree heat, forgotten, for three…

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