Caring for elderly family members can put a strain on the lifestyle of the caretaker, especially if they are not prepared for the situation. And in cases where advanced medical care may be needed for an aging loved one, family members often feel more comfortable turning to elder care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living centers, and residential care facilities.
Such facilities help to address the special needs that your elderly family members may be facing, helping them to live fulfilling lives while relieving family members of the stress and financial hardship that comes with caring for aging parents or grandparents. However, in some cases the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or care facility is not the best one, when family members find that their loved ones are not receiving the care, compassion, and service that they have been promised.
Failure on the part of the nursing home or elderly care facility may lead to certain complications which may affect the overall health of your loved one, causing them to display certain characteristics which are quite unnatural.
If you have a reason to believe your loved one has been subjected to abuse of any kind in their senior living facility or nursing home, we have a team of San Francisco Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect lawyers who are ready to work with you to ensure that you and your elderly loved ones get the deserved compensation for the damages suffered.
We have a team of attorneys who are compassionate and aggressive when it comes to advocating for the rights of senior citizens, especially those who have been subjected to any form of nursing home abuse. We have successfully handled a number of complex and high profile cases on behalf of senior citizens against elderly care facilities and nursing homes.
In California, the statistics of seniors who have been subjected to one form of nursing home abuse or another are staggering. And with an increase in individuals over the age of 65 joining a nursing home community, this statistic continues to rise.
California alone has more than 1,300 licensed nursing homes and 7,500 licensed residential care facilities, with an average of 110,000 seniors in care. There are also upwards of 150,000 seniors living in unregulated and unlicensed assisted living facilities.
In 2009, the California Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman revealed a total of 13% of complaints forwarded to involve abuse and/or gross neglect. In 2015, an approximate of 10% of all seniors above the age of 65 were reported to have been victims of elder abuse.
The California legislature enacted the statutes that define “neglect” as well as what must be proven to establish this. The governing statute contained in the Welfare And Institutions Code Section 15610.57 defines “neglect” as the negligent failure of any person having the care or custody of an elder or a dependent adult to exercise that degree of care that a reasonable person in a similar situation would exercise.
The statute further defines neglect to include the following;
The statute also provides that “neglect” can be regarded as a failure to satisfy the needs of the elder or dependent adult who suffers from mental limitations, cognitive impairment, chronically poor health, substance abuse, and other related conditions.
If you or your loved one has been physically, emotionally, and sexually abused, financially exploited, or has suffered abandonment and neglect, reach out to us today.