Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
Royale Health Care Center
1030 W. Warner Ave.
Santa Ana, CA
As we watch our grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles grow older, we shouldn't have to worry about these loved ones falling victim to nursing home abuse. With a plethora of ailments to look out for, we have enough to worry about. We look to medication, doctors, diets, and exercise regimes-anything we can find-in hopes of keeping them healthy and content and able to live as independently as they wish to. When their complications turn too severe, we turn to an assisted living or nursing home facility to give them the same care we had provided before.
Many of these facilities provide superior care, however, far too many do not. Often understaffed with poorly trained employees working at minimum wage, many nursing homes push the bottom line so much that they endanger the very lives of their elderly patients. Here are violations made by Royale Health Care Center in Santa Ana, located in Orange County California. We must stop nursing homes like Royale Health Care Center from violating the rights and lives of the elderly placed in their care.
Royale Health Care's main violations include:
- Properly hold, secure and manage each resident's personal money which is deposited with the nursing home.
- Give proper treatment to residents with feeding tubes to prevent problems (such as aspiration pneumonia, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, metabolic abnormalities, nasal-pharyngeal ulcers) and help restore eating skills, if possible.
- Provide 3 meals daily at regular times; or
- Serve breakfast within 14 hours after dinner;
- Offer a snack at bedtime each day.
- Make sure that residents who take drugs are not given too many doses or for too long;
- Make sure that the use of drugs is carefully watched;
- Stop or change drugs that cause unwanted effects.
This data is based off information reported by CMS as of 7/29/10.
The appalling failures to care for necessities such as food and medication warrants a deeper look into this nursing home and the overall epidemic going on in America. In fact, in Orange County alone, between June 2005 and August 2006, nursing homes were cited for over 660 health violations. If not caught early and remedied, these could result in lost lives and the abuse and neglect of our senior citizens.
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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.
- 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.
So what comprises nursing home abuse? There are essentially two types: intentional harm and neglect. When a senior is neglected, this may be through failure to provide basic food or prescriptions that he or she needs to live and maintain overall wellbeing. Unattended living situations and special accommodations needed that are forgotten are also quite common and can lead to disease and death in the elderly. Some signs of neglect and abuse include bed sores, malnutrition and weight loss, medication overdose, ulcers, gangrene, and bodily injuries such as from a "slip and fall."
Besides neglect, intentional harm is also common and can include sexual abuse, physical assault, and even emotional and financial abuse.
These saddening crimes needs to be stopped and if you or your loved ones have experienced any of the above violations or others not listed here at this or another nursing home facility, you can get the help and compensation that you need. 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.
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