elder neglect law

3 Groups Responsible for Investigating and Prosecuting Abuse

In addition to the Attorney General, our police, and Adult Protective Services, there are a few other agencies and groups that assist in prosecuting elder abuse. In California, there are specifically three groups that focus on and help with nursing home abuse cases. While they may work with other cases in addition to elder abuse, …

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Report: California Nursing Home Complaints Increase

A large part of advocacy within the nursing home industry is reporting problems. Whether it’s simply saying something to staff or going through the steps to report abuse and neglect to higher authorities, it is vital to say something. However, it’s disheartening to see just how necessary reporting has become. Recent statistics from California Department …

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Involuntary Holds: Gharibian Law Weighs In

Often, the rights of nursing home residents are violated because of a lock of knowledge. Either the resident doesn’t understand their rights, their loved ones don’t understand resident rights, or both parties are purposefully misled. Within the nursing home industry, specifically regarding resident evictions, administrators often offer misleading information, claiming involuntary holds as a basis …

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The CMS Final Rule on Nursing Home Ownership Transparency

Nursing home ownership and transparency are directly related. As we continue to address some of the key issues within the nursing home industry, we must note correlations between ownership and quality of care. Over the past few years, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released a number of reports investigating nursing home ownership …

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Consumer Voice’s 5 Steps for Reporting Problems

As part of their resources for Residents’ Rights Month, the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care released a newsletter with incredibly valuable information for all of us. One of the pieces of information was their 5 steps for reporting problems in the nursing home. In order to properly advocate for yourself and loved ones, …

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California: Proposed Changes to Dementia Care Regulations

A recent change has occurred in the approach to resident care. Especially when it comes to broad-brush rules. The problem with laws that address issues on a general level is that specific cases are not taken into consideration—leaving some residents suffering unnecessary restrictions on their rights. Recently, the California Department of Social Services proposed changes …

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