Elder Abuse And The Law in Las Vegas Elder abuse can be described as any action, inaction or neglect that causes harm or distress to an elderly person. This type of abuse can basically be divided into 7 categories: – Physical abuse – Emotional, mental or psychological abuse – Neglect, abandonment and self neglect (refusal…

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….

Since March 26 is “Purple Day,” a day to raise epilepsy awareness, it is fitting to address living with epilepsy in nursing homes. Unfortunately, there has been an outbreak of new-onset epilepsy in elderly (65+) nursing home residents. The most common cause of new-onset epilepsy in elderly residents is a cerebrovascular disease. In fact, 20%…

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…

Often times facilities will take the position that a facility acquired bedsore or pressure sore was “unavoidable.” Facilities will often say that a bedsore developed “overnight” or that a sore is not due to pressure, but due to a patient’s decreased vascularity. In truth, facility acquired pressure sores are due to neglect and the failure…

Families often struggle with the decision to place an older loved one into a nursing home, residential care facility and/or assisted living facility. Loved ones struggle with the difficult decision of having to place the care of a loved one into the hands of a third party. They must balance this difficult decision with the…

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