Recently, Governor Brown signed several bills that were part of the RCFE Reform Act of 2014. These bills became effective in 2015 and will help protect residents at Residential Care Facilities (RCFE) from abuse and/or neglect. The bills will implement several changes, including, increasing staffing at RCFEs and increasing fines/penalties against RCFEs that mistreat residents….

The San Diego Union-Tribune ran a story on February 3, 2015 regarding the use of surveillance cameras in nursing homes. As the story points out, the State does not currently allow the use of cameras in resident’s room based upon privacy concerns. Cameras are allowed in the common areas of nursing homes and RCFEs. These…

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 44% of nursing home residents claim they have been abused at a nursing home. This statistic may actually not represent the full extent of abuse suffered by residents, as verbal abuse often goes unreported. People often feel ashamed or embarrassed to discuss verbal abuse. In 2013, the…

The corporate entities that own nursing homes are often clouded in secrecy. Often times, several corporations or holding companies can be involved with the ownership and management of nursing homes. While it can be difficult to determine what the exact relationship is between nursing homes and the corporate entities that run them, some information can…

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