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.
Nursing homes are often chosen for a parent or grandparent in the hope and expectation that they will be well cared for. Sadly, this is not always the case, and older individuals are sometimes subjected to serious neglect or abuse that can cause both physical and emotional harm. California families who suspect that their loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect retain the legal right to pursue a civil claim against the nursing home.
Having a parent or loved one in the care of a nursing home isn't always easy. Often times there can be worry about the standard of care or attention that is being given to aging loved ones. Nursing home neglect can sometimes be subtle or difficult to detect, but the results can be truly devastating. A California owned nursing home recently paid thousands of dollars in fines related to the death of one of their residents.