Skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes are licensed by the California Department of Public Health (DPH) and must comply with stringent regulations, including around the clock care, dietary and pharmaceutical services and on-site trained nursing staff and physicians.
Elderly in nursing homes often cannot communicate distress or abuse because of limitations due to their condition, or may be reluctant to speak up for fear of retaliation. This is why it is so important for family, friends and loved ones to monitor nursing home residents for signs of abuse.
Evidence that your elderly loved one is the victim of mental, physical, financial or neglectful skilled nursing home abuse may include bruises, cuts or scrapes; malnutrition; dehydration; rapid weight loss; bedsores/pressure sores; over-medication; mood swings, mood change or emotional withdrawal; fearful behavior in the presence of skilled nursing home staff; unsanitary conditions; and sudden or unexplained changes to a will, money transfers or withdrawals.
If your loved one has suffered physical or emotional trauma due to neglect on the part of the nursing facility staff, contact Keosian Berberian LLP.