Santa Ana Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
There are close to a dozen nursing homes in Santa Ana. Deciding which one is the best one for your loved one can be difficult. There is the potential for abuse or neglect in any nursing home, regardless of the reputation or rating that facility might have. While some facilities may foster an atmosphere that permits physical or emotional abuse, others may look the other way when residents are neglected.
Call 949-203-3814 if anyone is worried that their loved one has been harmed in some way while in the care of a nursing home.
It may be difficult for the average person to imagine that someone would deliberately physically abuse a vulnerable, frail senior. However, there are nursing homes that foster a stressful environment. Corporations that own these nursing homes tend to cut corners by understaffing these facilities and hiring cheap, unqualified staff to care for residents. The low staff-to-patient ratio makes it difficult for the nursing homes to provide the quality care that is expected. This not only creates an environment that is ripe for abuse, but also puts patients in harm's way.
How do I know if my loved one is being abused?
There are several symptoms that may suggest that your loved one is being physically abused at a nursing facility.
- Occasional bruising may be common if your loved one is weak and prone to falling, but remember that any time your loved one is hurt, you should be notified.
- If there are unexplained injuries and gaps in the medical records, it is possible that the nursing home is trying to cover up something.
Don't be afraid to ask your loved one how the injuries occurred. You have the right to talk to the nursing home's administrators about your concerns and to view the medical records.
Did you know that financial abuse is common among elders?
Financial scams against elders are a growing form of abuse that involves individuals preying on senior citizens for financial gain. If you have recently moved a loved one into a Santa Ana nursing home, the thought of someone stealing from them may not have even crossed your mind. It is tragically common for individuals to trick elderly residents into investing in fraudulent companies or charities. In other cases, victims may have their checks stolen or their wills changed.
Common financial scams include:
- Telemarketing and mail fraud.
- Excessive charges and the sale of bogus items.
It is important to stay on top of your loved one's finances and personal belongings.
Nursing Home Neglect
Every nursing home resident is different and they all require different levels of care. It is the responsibility of all nursing home facilities to carefully monitor all residents to ensure that they are eating properly, that they are clean and that they are receiving the attention they need to stay healthy. Facilities that neglect their patients put them at risk of serious injuries and health issues.
What are the symptoms of nursing home neglect?
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
- A lack of personal hygiene
- Unkempt appearance
- Excessive sedation.
What can I do if I visit my loved one and find that they are clearly not receiving the care they need?
There are steps you can take to fix the problem. First, contact the administration to air your concerns. Put it in writing so there is a paper trail. If you do not get the desired response, contact a state ombudsman or file a complaint with the California Department of Public Health. It would also be in your best interests to contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer who will remain on your side and ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.
Santa Ana Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, the experienced nursing home abuse lawyers at Bisnar | Chase can help you not only receive just compensation, but also help you hold the negligent nursing home accountable.
Nursing homes have a duty and an obligation to their residents to provide a safe environment and quality care. You do not have to accept it when nursing homes fail to take those responsibilities seriously and shortchange their elderly residents to boost profits. You do not have to suffer the consequences of abuse or neglect quietly. Please contact us to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
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