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The Problem of Overmedication in California’s Nursing Homes

By Brian Chase on December 15, 2014 - No comments

nursing homes overmedicating patientsOne of the major concerns we, as California nursing home abuse lawyers have, is the excessive use of antipsychotic drugs in these care facilities. The truth is that antipsychotic medications are simply not necessary in a majority of dementia cases. These pills can be stupefying and significantly raise the risk of falls and hip fractures among the elderly. According to a recent report by KIOS-FM radio, nearly 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs to suppress anxiety or aggression. Most of these recipients are either Alzheimer’s or dementia sufferers.
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Can Historic Nursing Home Bills Help Toughen Oversight?

By Brian Chase on September 16, 2014 - No comments

nursing home safetyFor the first time, 10 bills that tighten oversight of nursing homes are headed to California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

According to the Center for Health Reporting, this is the most sweeping package of reforms since regulations relating to nursing and assisted living facilities were first enacted in 1985.

New Laws Focus on Better Enforcement

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California Nursing Homes Reduce Use of Anti Psychotic Drugs

By Brian Chase on January 30, 2014 - No comments

nursing homes reduce spychotic drug useCalifornia nursing homes have cut down significantly on the use of anti-psychotic drugs over the last two years, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. Federal health officials say care facilities have decreased the use of these drugs by 18 percent from 2011 to 2013, exceeding a national goal established by federal health officials. California now ranks in the top tier of those that have reduced the use of mind-altering drugs in nursing homes, ranking 14th nationally, the Journal reports.

Federal officials started tracking the use of anti-psychotic medications in nursing homes after growing safety concerns about dementia patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees care for the elderly and poor mandated the 15 percent cut in 2012 and required nursing homes to utilize a new training method that uses alternative treatment methods. …Read the rest »


Nursing Home Abuses Uncovered During Inspections

By Brian Chase on January 22, 2013 - No comments

elder abuseJanuary 22, 2013—St. Louis, Missouri—In a chilling report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than eight nursing homes in St. Louis were found to have serious violations of safety and health issues for patients.

Experts believe that this report is not unique but is representative of the level of safety available in nursing homes across the nation.  In fact, recent data collected by the National Center on Elder Abuse suggests that one in three nursing home residents may be subject to some form of  elder abuse or neglect.

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Officials Looking for Other Victims of Orange County Nursing Home Assault

By Brian Chase on January 10, 2013 - No comments

An elderly woman was sexually attacked at a Yorba Linda nursing home and Orange County investigators say there could have been more incidents. According to a news article in The Orange County Register, administrators at the Emeritus Senior Living center are maintaining that the incident was isolated. But police are deeply concerned that there could be other victims, possibly even outside the facility, given the “brazen nature of the crime.”

Authorities have charged David Moreno, 28, with sexually assaulting a 69-year-old disabled woman at the nursing home. Moreno, a maintenance worker at the facility, had access to residents’ rooms because of the nature of his job. Police say the incident occurred between June 1 and July 24 of 2012. …Read the rest »


New California Law Expands Reporting of Nursing Home Abuse

By Brian Chase on January 5, 2013 - No comments

nursing home abuseA California law that took effect on January 1 expands the requirements for caretakers to report abuse at nursing homes and assisted living centers. According to a news report in the Napa Valley Register, advocates for the elderly hope that Assembly Bill 40’s new requirements will help bring crimes against one of the most vulnerable sections of our population to light, in a prompt manner.

Officials say the purpose of the legislation is to ensure that elder abuse crimes are reported so they can be investigated. AB 40’s key provision “effectively doubles the reporting duties of those required by state law to share knowledge of the physical abuse, abandonment, neglect, isolation or financial abuse of residents” in nursing homes, the report states. Earlier, such crimes would be reported to the care center’s ombudsman or a law enforcement agency. Now, a so-called mandated reporter, who could be an employee, supervisor or administrator, must notify both. …Read the rest »


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