A recent story of a facility owned by corporate parent company covenant care exposed two specific lawsuits against one of the largest local nursing homes, and multiple stories of nursing home abuse and neglect. The stories are maddening. We place our seniors in the care of nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities expecting them to receive proper care and good treatment. We expect them to receive at least the minimum care mandated by California law, and that their needs are provided for.
We do not expect them to develop bed sores, experience injuries due to a fall, or to face over-medication in an attempt to make them more compliant requiring less attention throughout the day. All of these are signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, and there is something that your family can do about this.
My name is Rivers Morrell, and I have more than 40 years of experience as an injury attorney here in Orange County. If your loved one suffers an injury in a nursing home or skilled care facility I invite you to contact us for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400. It is shocking to learn of the number of falls and injuries here in Orange County and indeed across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a study that shows the average number of falls in a nursing home each and every year is 2 to 3 per bed. There is simply no excuse for this.
Nursing home and skilled nursing facilities are required by law to maintain appropriate levels of professional staffing and to meet minimum standards of care. Unfortunately, the reality is very few facilities actually do. The CDC also noted that California uses restraints in these facilities 48% more often that all other states in the union. If you notice bruising or chafing around the wrists, waist or ankles your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect here in Orange County.