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Orange Healthcare & Wellness Centre

920 W. La Veta St.
Orange, California

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Family members of a senior citizen should thoroughly research each facility's records to see if violations have been committed which put the health or well being of elderly citizens at risk. Saddening but true, thousands of seniors across the United States are victim to mistreatment, abuse, and even death in nursing home facilities.

Orange County, south of Los Angeles, makes up over 8.4% of all abuse cases in nursing homes state-wide in California. It has one of the higest elderly abuse rates in California, only after Los Angeles.

Orange Healthcare and Wellness Center is listed here because it has caused potential harm and immediate jeopardy to one or more patients. If you or someone you love has been mistreated or neglected at the Orange Healthcare nursing home, call us at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation to let you know your options and answer your questions.

Some saddening violations include:

  • proper treatment to prevent bed sores or heal existing ones.
  • properly marked drugs
  • Have a program in place to keep infection from spreading
  • Make sure that residents with reduced range of motion get proper treatment and services to increase range of motion.
  • Let residents complain without being treated differently or badly.
  • At least once a month, have a licensed pharmacist check the drugs that each resident takes.
  • Store, cook, and give out food in a safe and clean way.
  • Keep the rate of medication errors (wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong time) to less than 5%.
  • Make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents.

This information was based off data reported by CMS as of 7/29/10.

Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse

These deplorable violations including blocking communications and neglect which caused bed sores and ulcers cannot continue. Watching out for signs and checking in with your loved one in a retirement home is crucial to ensure they are being taken care of in the best possible way. There are many questions to answer when it comes to elder abuse and finding an attorney to help receive compensation. View the videos below for common answers to your questions:

Common Questions About Elder Abuse

Citations are issued by the Department of Heath 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.

The abuse that goes on in this and other nursing homes can be segmented into two types: negligence and intentional abuse. Intentional abuse can range from financial abuse, verbal abuse, to physical assault and sexual molestation. Negligence, on the other hand, is a more passive yet equally serious scope of abuse that includes failure and violations to provide the right amount and type of food at certain times, medication mistakes or skipping dosages, and providing proper medical equipment, living quarters, and overall care based on individual needs. Signs of abuse can include malnutrition, bedsores and ulcers, visible bodily injuries and general depression or unhappiness in a patient.

Elder abuse and nursing home violations are serious offenses. If you or someone you love has been involved in a nursing home abuse, negligence, or other crime, call the specialists at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation to let you know your options and answer all your questions. We have vast experience in these cases and are passionate about stopping these dreadful violations from reoccurring in nursing homes throughout California.

Our Phone Number: 949-203-3814.

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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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