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Learn how to identify the signs of poor diabetic care in nursing homes and what steps you can take to protect your elderly loved one.
Nursing home rating systems are a crucial tool in finding a safe, reliable facility for your elderly loved one. However, a 2023 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that nursing homes in the United States underreport resident falls and bedsores requiring hospitalization.
Incontinence, a common and sensitive health concern among the elderly, is an often overlooked yet distressing aspect of nursing home care. Around 13 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence, with a 50% or higher prevalence in nursing home residents.
The California Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued a District Office Memorandum (DOM) regarding nursing home complaints and the criteria necessary to substantiate a complaint. This memorandum outlines how the evidence-gathering part of the investigation works and how DPH issues decisions.
Licensed California nursing homes provide shelter and care to around 110,000 elderly persons. While many of these facilities treat residents with the dignity and care they deserve, residents may still experience abuse or neglect by staff or administrators.
When an elderly or disabled patient enters a nursing home, they should never be expected to give up their basic human right to decide how their bodies are treated throughout their stay. Unfortunately, many long-term care facilities seem to ignore this. The ongoing issue of coercive restraints used in California nursing homes and assisted living facilities is not only ethically irresponsible but is a violation of a person’s legal right to autonomy, dignity, and freedom.
Medical identity theft is becoming a threat to elderly persons around the nation, particularly those living in nursing home facilities. Elderly identity theft statistics show an increase of 8,902 medical identity theft cases in 2021, a significant increase from 2,744 in 2019.
Nursing home facilities have multiple high-risk residents with compromised immune systems and pre-existing conditions. These conditions make elderly residents vulnerable to harmful infections such as scabies.
Reporting nursing home neglect is crucial to stop further abuse of your loved one and other residents. Bringing the complaint to the attention of the facility, the local long-term ombudsman, and the California Department of Public Health (DPH) can help resolve your case and give you peace of mind that your loved one is no longer at risk of harm.