Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
Regents Point - Windcrest
19191 Harvard Ave.
The idea of nursing home abuse is disturbing, but these tragic crimes occur all too frequently. They are some of society's most vulnerable human beings, yet seniors are most vulnerable when their living environment make it seem that they cannot even defend themselves.
Retirement home abuse has many forms, whether emotionally, financially, physically, or otherwise. They are all damaging. As the population of elderly people increase, we must be ever more vigilant in protecting them from negligence and abuse. Understanding the types of abuse are necessary to help fight these atrocities. Below are some of the violations found at Regents Point in Irvine, located in Orange County California.
Orange County has one of the highest elderly abuse rates in California making up 8.4% of all cases. As of 2009, there were 482,057 elderly in Orange County and an appalling 53,246 elder abuse cases.
It is the obligation of nursing homes like Regents Point to maintain a high standard of compassion and service for the elderly in their care. Regents Point has failed in several areas. Their main violations include:
- Make sure that each resident's nutritional needs were met.
- Train all employees on what to do in an emergency. -1) Provide 3 meals daily at regular times; or 2) serve breakfast within 14 hours after dinner; or 3) offer a snack at bedtime each day.
- Properly care for residents needing special services, including: injections, colostomy, ureostomy, ileostomy, tracheostomy care, tracheal suctioning, respiratory care, foot care, and prostheses.
- 1) Provide 3 meals daily at regular times; or 2) serve breakfast within 14 hours after dinner; or 3) offer a snack at bedtime each day.
The aforementioned information is based off data reported by CMS as of 7/29/10.
It is an outrage to run a nursing home without regular food service and proper medical care. Their sensitive and vulnerable conditions warrant the highest level of care and these violations are both shocking and unacceptable. Below are several videos with more information on nursing home abuse and the clues to elder negligence and 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.
Nursing home abuse can be categorized as either intentional harm or neglect. Intentional harm can be a physical or sexual assault or a harder to notice emotional abuse. Even financial abuse is possible and often goes unnoticed. Neglect, which may be just as serious, can include the failure to provide basic survival needs from medications, food, and proper medical equipment and living quarters. This can cause malnutrition, medication overdoses, bedsores, ulcers, gangrene, and a variety of other injuries and diseases.
It is necessary to look at the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect regularly to ensure your loved ones are being taken care of and not taken advantage of. These can be anywhere from bedsores and ulcers to depressive or fearful behavior or outright claims made by the patients.
An experienced nursing home abuse specialist usually is needed to get the compensation you deserve. To find out immediate answers with a fast, free, no-obligation consultation, contact the nursing home abuse experts at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys to let you know your options and answer all your questions. We are committed to stopping this epidemic and raising the quality and care of nursing homes together with your help.
If you are the victim of nursing home abuse, please call us at 949-203-3814.