A nursing home and hospital in Woodland Hills for retired entertainment industry workers was recently fined $10,000 related to quality of care issues, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The home was assessed by the state Department of Public Health for failing to prevent an Alzheimer patient’s several falls. In a span of a little over three months, the patient fell 10 times and broke two bones.
Other incidents at the facility have led the public to question how effective the nursing home is. In 2010, the home was fined $7,500 for failing to prevent an 87-year-old resident’s serious head injury. Additionally, an 89-year-old resident fell down a staircase at the facility. The nursing home planned to shut down its operations, but many residents refused to leave. Since then, the home has begun working on a plan to turn the operation of the home over to a Catholic hospital chain.
Although it is very hard to quantify San Fernando Valley elder abuse and elder neglect, some statistics show that between 1 and 2 million elderly Americans have been mistreated (including neglected) by a caregiver. For every incident that is reported, some studies show that five are unreported.
If you are worried about California nursing home neglect or abuse, do your homework. Check with the state to determine what kinds of complaints have been brought against a particular nursing home. Take a tour of a facility to get an idea of what level of care they provide. Talk to workers there to see if they seem caring and supportive.
If your loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, contact the San Fernando Valley nursing home abuse attorneys at the Mandell Law Firm today. Call us at 818-886-6600 to learn more about your legal options.