Nursing home abuse are much more prevalent in our society than many want to believe. As the elderly population grows, so do the instances of elder abuse and nursing home neglect. If you have a loved one in a nursing home or long term care facility, we highly recommend frequent and attentive visits. Visiting often and unannounced is a sure way to help decrease the chance of your loved being abused or neglected. If you notice anything strange, inquire about the course of treatment. If you stay on your toes, the facility will have no choice but to stay on theirs.
Facility Punished After Patient Death
Creekside Care Center in Stockton, California was fined $100,000 last month following the death of one of their residents. After an investigation from the state, they found that inadequate care led to the victim’s death. The nursing home staff failed to treat her properly after her left thigh bone broke in October 2008. The injury and lack of treatment led to cardio-respiratory distress and her death in the emergency room a few days later.
The California Department of Public Health gave The Creekside Care Center an “AA” citation, which is the most severe penalty under law. State fines range from $100 for Class B violations to a maximum $100,000 for the more serious AA violations. The administrator of the nursing home, Judy Treloar, said that the parent company Sunbridge Healthcare is contesting the citation. The home has filed a required plan of correction with the state Public Health department where they “promised to re-train staff to better monitor and follow up on changes in residents’ conditions. They also promised to audit all changes in residents’ conditions daily.”
Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility, we encourage you to visit frequently and be very observant of any scratches, bruises, or anything that does not look right. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.