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Nursing Home Neglect at Braswell's Colonial Care?



Retirement home and nursing home facilities are here to care for our vulnerable senior citizens, ensuring proper dispensation of medicine and food, to appropriate individual care to ensure their quality of life and health. Billions of dollars in profit from Medicare, Medicaid and from private family payments feed the nursing home industry in America, yet countless thousands of elderly are abused, injured, or die each year. The statistics in Orange County, California alone are unbelievable: in 2009, 53,246 cases of elderly abuse were reported.

Braswell's Colonial Care nursing home in Redlands, California is has been reported to have violated basic rights of elder patients, especially those of nutrition. Ensuring the proper sanitation of food, and the adequate supply of water to prevent dehydration and illness are two basic human rights needs that have shockingly been violated at this retirement home. We need to end the epidemic of nursing home carelessness and abuse such as that occurring at Braswell's Colonial Care.

If you or someone you love has been mistreated or neglected at Braswell's Colonial Care center in Redlands, California, call us at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation to let you know your options and answer all your questions.

Some awful violations included at Braswell's Colonial Care include:

  • Keep each resident free from physical restraints, unless needed for medical treatment.
  • Protect residents from mistreatment, neglect, and/or theft of personal property.
  • Make sure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, unless it is necessary.
  • 1) Hire only people who have no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents; or 2) report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents.
  • Store, cook, and give out food in a safe and clean way.
  • Give each resident enough fluids to keep them healthy and prevent dehydration.
  • Make sure that each resident's nutritional needs were met.
  • Have drugs and other similar products available, which are needed every day and in emergencies, and give them out properly.

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

These unbelievable violations from simple things like keeping residents nourished to ensuring proper medication dosage and type should not be tolerated. These violations alone can cause serious harm and even death. There are many signs to look for in nursing home abuse and neglect. The videos below answer some of the most commonly asked questions on elder abuse.

Videos Answer Questions About Elder Abuse

  • Is Elder Abuse a Big Problem?
  • What Are the Clues to Nursing Home Abuse?
  • Why Do People File Nursing Home Abuse Claims?

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.

Nursing home residents are often given substandard treatment because they are feeble, old, or poor. Accordingly, hard-hitting laws have been enacted and widespread regulations have been drafted on both the state and federal level to make certain that every nursing home resident is entitled to several basic rights.

These regulations not only illustrate that nursing home residents have certain rights, but also list a variety of responsibilities that nursing homes have to follow when caring for their elderly residents. These responsibilities include a nursing home patient's right to "the necessary care and services to attain and maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care."

If you are thinking of filing a claim against a nursing home such as Braswell's Colonial Care in Redlands, California, 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 are here to help and you shouldn't pay a dime to get the compensation and help you deserve. Call us now at: 949-203-3814.

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