Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
FOUNTAIN CARE CENTER
1835 West La Veta Ave.
Nursing homes promise to care for our vulnerable senior citizens from medicine and food to proper individualized care to ensure their wellbeing. Billions of dollars in profit from Medicare, Medicaid and from private family and individual payments make up the nursing home industry in America, yet thousands upon thousands of elderly are abused, injured, or die each year. The statistics in Orange County, California alone are appalling: in 2009, 53,246 cases of elderly abuse were reported.
The Fountain Care Center nursing home in Santa Ana, Orange County is listed 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 Fountain Care Center, or at other Santa Ana nursing homes, call us at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation to let you know your options and answer your questions.
Some saddening violations include:
- food sanitation and distribution
- properly marked drugs
- Have a program in place to keep infection from spreading
- provide three meals a day at regular times
- provide care in a way that keeps resident's dignity and respect
- protect residents from abuse and physical punishment
- make sure that residents who cannot care for themselves receive help with eating/drinking, grooming, and hygiene.
- 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.
These unbelievable violations from simple things like properly marked prescription medication to handing out of food can cause serious injury and 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
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.
Abuse in retirement and nursing homes is categorized as either neglect or intentional harm. When neglect is the issue, a patient may not be given sufficient food or nutrition, the right medication or dose, or proper medical equipment or living commodities. Failure to pay attention to these aspects in a senior's care can cause serious disease and death ranging from bed sores to malnutrition, overdose, and even gangrene. Look at the signs, and call a professional if you are suspect of abuse and wish to get compensated for suffering and medical costs.
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.
Call 949-203-3814 for more information.