Ojai Valley Community Hospital
1306 Maricopa Highway
Putting your trust in a hospital or retirement facility is difficult, especially with the abuse that is become prevalent in nursing homes nation-wide. Family members of a senior citizen should thoroughly research each facilitys records to see if violations have been committed which put the health or wellbeing of elderly citizens at risk. Unfortunately, thousands of seniors across the United States are victim to nursing home neglect, mistreatment, abuse, and even death in nursing home facilities, including Ojai Valley Community Hospital, in Ojai, California.
Common warning signs of elder abuse or neglect include:
- Mysterious bruises or other injuries
- Rapid weight loss
- Unexplained or mysterious slip and falls
- Sudden agitation or emotional withdrawal
- Bed sore or pressure ulcer development
- The use of heavy medication or sedatives instead of personal supervision
- The inability of a caretaker to adequately explain the patient's condition
Some saddening violations at the Ojai Retirement Home include:
Keep each resident free from physical restraints, unless needed for medical treatment.
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. The violations continue and this home has literally dozens of horrifying reported violations.
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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.
Elder abuse and nursing home violations are serious offenses. If you or someone you love has been involved in a nursing home abuse at Ojai Community Hospital including elder negligence, or other nursing home violation, call the specialists at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation to let you know your options and answer all your questions.