One form of elder abuse and neglect that has become all too common these days is allowing elderly residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to develop infections. This often occurs due to lack of proper care, which can happen if these homes are understaffed.
In California, there is a recent trend in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities toward allowing lower sanitation standards. This has begun to cause a number of problems for nursing home residents, including a rise in infections.
California Long-Term Care Facility Conditions
Nearly 90% of nursing homes in the state of California have received citations for infection control violations. According to the LA Times, repeat citations for these homes are common, but disciplinary action as a result of these findings is rare. Across the country, just one out of every seventy-five homes with deficiencies received a high-level citation with a financial penalty.
This is a huge problem because infection control violations are being discovered, but nothing is being done to fix these issues. Without financial and other penalties, these nursing homes have no incentive to fix the problems that lead to these infection control violations.
What Can Be Done to Help Reduce Nursing Home Neglect and Infections in California?
When citations to nursing homes for violations of infection control guidelines have no consequences, the problem can only get worse. One way to fight back is to be vigilant about the conditions you or your elderly loved one is facing in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. If you see something concerning, it is important to report it. If you or a loved one experienced injuries as a result of an infection in a nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today at The Peck Law Group to schedule a consultation and get more information regarding your legal rights.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.