With so many older adults in the care of long-term nursing homes in California, it is not necessarily unreasonable to expect that some type of oversight is employed to ensure the safety of residents. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, keeping track of nursing home neglect is not always that easy.
When faced with her mother's deteriorating health, one California woman had to make what was most likely an understandably difficult decision -- she placed her mother in the care of a nursing home. Although she initially believed this to be the best move, she now suspects that her mother's death was related to nursing home neglect. Now, she's on a mission to protect other elderly nursing home residents.
Caring for loved ones in their old age can be a difficult but immensely important task for California families. When faced with having to place a grandparent in a nursing home facility, most families hope that they are making the best decision possible. Unfortunately, despite a family's best efforts at placing a loved one in a caring facility, nursing home neglect and abuse can still occur.
Most families struggle with the decision to turn over the care of a loved one to a total stranger, be it a nursing home, long-term care facility or other senior housing complex. For many, the hardest part is reconciling the level of care that person will receive with a certain dollar amount paid. Every family hopes that they have chosen the best facility for their family member that they can afford. Understandably, when a loved one passes amid claims of nursing home neglect, the surviving family members may elect to gain an understanding of their rights under California laws.