Nursing Home Abuse
When we entrust elderly family members to nursing homes, we expect them to be treated properly. Fortunately, most California nursing homes are places where our elders are given respect and taken care of. There are some tragic exceptions to this, though, so it is always a good idea to be aware of signs of abuse and to act on any suspicions or concerns you have.
Many indications of abuse at nursing homes are physical things that you can observe during a visit with a loved one. Look for bruises or infections that seem sudden or do not have an immediate explanation. Some injuries can occur naturally, and when promptly taken care of do not present a serious threat. If bruising or bone fractures cannot be easily explained…then it may indicate physical abuse.
An assisted living facility in Rancho Cucamonga was shut down recently by police under suspicion that residents had been abused while in the facility’s care. Now, local police have arrested two of the facility’s employees on suspicion of elder abuse.
The case includes security camera footage that appears to show the two employees striking, pushing, or berating patients on at least two separate occasions. According to police, the statements of a whistleblower initiated their investigation, which uncovered further evidence that suggested abuse. Prior reports have been filed by state inspectors that involve patients with bruise injuries or with personal belongings that were “stained and had been contaminated” at this facility.
May is celebrated as Older Americans Month in honor of the significant role that older individuals play in the United States. Since 1963, starting with President John F. Kennedy, each President has marked the occasion by reaffirming the nation’s dedication to protecting and meeting the needs of older citizens. This year, President Barack Obama carried on the tradition in vowing that his administration will continue to improve health care, Social Security, and volunteer opportunities for the nation’s elders.
From family members to friends and neighbors, older members of every community provide valuable insight and life experience that deserves recognition. If you have an older family member or loved one who lives with you, alone, or in an assisted care facility, there are a variety of ways in which you can help protect and ensure his or her safety.