Elder Abuse

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Are Elderly Patients Being Overprescribed Powerful Sedatives?

A new study raises concerns that doctors may be overprescribing sedatives like Xanax and Valium to older patients.   As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are concerned that these powerful sedatives are being prescribed to such a vulnerable group. The study further notes that the drugs...

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San Diego Elder Abuse Attorney: Selecting a Nursing Home for a Loved One

Elder abuse is a growing problem in the United States. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), nearly one in three nursing homes were cited for violating federal standards over a two-year period. In addition, more than half of nursing home staff members...

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Federal Government Overhauling Rating System for Nursing Homes

As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we know that choosing a nursing home for a loved one can be a daunting task, particularly in light of growing concerns about the quality of care they provide. To help facilitate the process, the Obama Administration recently approved changes...

Gov. Brown Signs Elder Abuse Legislation into Law

As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are pleased that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several key pieces of legislation into law that will dramatically improve oversight over the state’s assisted-living facilities. The legislation, known as the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Reform Act of...

California Assisted-Living Facility Reform Bills Await Governor’s Signature

A package of bills aimed to improve oversight over California’s assisted-living facilities currently await Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. The comprehensive reforms were proposed after a series of investigations revealed widespread mismanagement at residential care facilities. In one of the most egregious cases, one dozen elderly patients...

San Diego Increasing Oversight Over Assisted-Living Facilities

As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are pleased that San Diego County is increasing oversight of its more than 600 assisted-living facilities. The changes were prompted by U-T San Diego’s “Deadly Neglect” series, which detailed deplorable conditions at local assisted-living centers. In addition to serious...

Is Elder Abuse on the Rise in San Diego?

There are approximately five million cases of elder abuse every year in the United States. In San Diego, the number of case is rising rapidly. According to Denise Nelesen, the communications manager for the County Aging and Independence Services, the agency is receiving approximately 1,000 calls per...

Holidays Visits Are Ideal Time to Check for Signs of Elder Abuse

If you plan to visit a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility this holiday season, you may want to check for signs of elder abuse. Unfortunately, neglect, abuse, and exploitation are all too common. A study of 2,000 nursing home residents found...

California Assisted Living Center Abandoned Patients

As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are growing increasingly concerned about the care provided by California assisted living centers and other facilities tasked with providing care to the most vulnerable members of our society. Most recently, law enforcement is investigating why more than one...