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Golden State Colonial Healthcare Center

Golden State Colonial Healthcare Center

North Hollywood, California (Los Angeles County)

Elderly people are vulnerable to abuse, neglect and mistreatment. If an elderly resident suffers injury in a nursing home, or shows a notable decline in health, this should raise suspicions on the part of the family about the care their loved one is receiving at the retirement center. Bruises or fearful reactions to strangers may be a sign of abuse. Missing medication or personal possessions can be a sign of abuse or neglect as well.

Knowing what to look for is crucial when suspicious about nursing home violations. Unfortunately, Golden State Colonial Healthcare Center in North Hollywood appears to have violated several important statutes by the Department of Health Services. North Hollywood borders the city of Hollywood and Studio City in the County of Los Angeles, North of Downtown L.A.

The violations listed for Golden State Colonial retirement home include:

  • Give each resident care and services to get or keep the highest quality of life possible.
  • Give each resident enough fluids to keep them healthy and prevent dehydration.
  • Make sure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, unless it is necessary.
  • Provide rooms that are big enough for each resident.

The aforementioned information is based off data reported by CMS as of 7/29/10.

Citations are issued by the Department of Health Services (DHS) during the annual certification visit.

Citations come in several classes depending on their severity. The state average is a little less than one per facility per year, but ideally, a facility should not have any citations.

  • Class AA: The most serious violation, AA citations are issued when a resident death has occurred in such a way that it has been directly and officially attributed to the responsibility of the facility, and carry fines of $25,000 to $100,000.
  • Class A: Class A citations are issued when violations present imminent danger to patients or the substantial probability of death or serious harm, and carry fines from $2,000 to $20,000.
  • Class B: Class B citations carry fines from $100 to $1000 and are issued for violations which have a direct or immediate relationship to health, safety, or security, but do not qualify as A or AA citations.

This information should not be used as the sole measure of quality of care in a nursing home. It is important to visit potential facilities and evaluate it yourself. Golden State Colonial Healthcare Center is part of a nation-wide epidemic of nursing home abuse and neglect. These shameful violations of human rights can be stopped with your support.

Watch these videos to learn more:

Videos Answer Questions on Elder Abuse

The videos above illustrate the basics of nursing home abuse and how to spot the signs. Elder abuse can be classified as a case of neglect or intentional harm.

Elderly abuse can occur in other forms than just physical abuse or neglect. Different forms of elderly abuse are sometimes harder to ascertain because physical evidence may not be present. The definition of elder abuse is: any act, failure to act, or incitement to act done willfully, knowingly, or recklessly through words or physical action which causes or could cause mental or physical injury or harm or death to an elderly resident. This includes verbal, sexual, mental/psychological, or physical abuse, including corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.

If you know of someone who has been abused or neglected in an elder care facility such as Golden State Colonial in North Hollywood, California, you can get help. At Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, we believe that nursing homes have a duty to provide the care that elderly individuals need and deserve. When a loved one suffers from nursing home abuse or neglect, we work tirelessly to expose the nursing home's violations and obtain just compensation for your loved one's suffering. Nursing home and elder abuse in California is a complicated matter that often requires a specialist.

With over 30 years of experience, Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, in Orange County, has had the experience to fully investigate nursing homes throughout California for the best case results possible for the victim and his or her family. Besides helping your loved one recover financial compensation for their pain, you can also improve safety laws in the nursing home industry with your voice.

Call 949-203-3814 for the nursing home abuse attorneys at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys to get the answers you are looking for.

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Look for These
Signs of Neglect:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Head injuries
  • Open wounds, cuts, punctures, untreated injuries in various stages of healing
  • Broken eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids
  • Signs of punishment or physical restraint
  • Your loved one tells you they have been mistreated
  • A sudden change in behavior
  • The nursing home refuses to allow unsupervised visits
  • If your loved one exhibits any of the above signs, know your rights and contact an attorney today.

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