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CALIFORNIA ENACTS LAWS TO PROTECT ELDERS IN RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES FOR THE ELDERLY (RCFE)

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. …

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SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN NURSING HOMES AND RCFE CAN HELP EXPOSE ELDER ABUSE/NEGLECT

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 …

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VERBAL MISTREATMENT OF ELDERS IS A COMMON FORM OF ABUSE

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 …

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HOW TO FIND OWNERSHIP INFORMATION ON NURSING HOMES

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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CONNECT WITH ATTORNEY LUKAS PICK TODAY!

Attorney Lukas Pick is committed to providing compassionate legal counsel for victims of elder abuse and their families. In order to remain up-to-date with the latest news and information regarding elder abuse and personal injury law, as well as to maintain accessibility to current and prospective clients, Attorney Pick remains active among the local, legal, …

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MEDICARE RATINGS FOR NURSING HOMES MAY BE MISLEADING

A recent article pointed out that California has the highest amount of “Five-Star” nursing homes in the United States based upon rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine used data from Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Website to arrive at its rankings. Overall, 388 California nursing homes received 5 star ratings. However, as …

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NEW PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD BRING MORE TRANSPARENCY TO NURSING HOME OWNERSHIP

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (Sacramento) is introducing a bill that would help improve transparency of nursing home ownership. While some information related to nursing home ownership is available on the website of the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development, the information is often times confusing and unclear. Nursing home operations are increasingly making the structure …

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NEW CASE CONCLUDES THAT THE FAILURE TO KEEP ACCURATE MEDICAL RECORDS FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS IS A VIOLATION OF THEIR RIGHTS

On February 23, 2015, the California Court of Appeal published the decision of Lemaire vs. Covenant Care California, LLC. In the case, a resident’s daughter filed a lawsuit against a Covenant Care nursing home alleging that the facility violated her mother’s rights by failing to have nurses’ notes be clear and legible, dated and signed…including …

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