Fire in Assisted Living Facility: Can a Nursing Home be Liable for Wrongful Death?

A fire claimed the lives of five residents, and injured at least 10 more, at a senior-living assisted building in Texas over Christmas. A total of 150 firefighters from six different fire departments were needed to extinguish the blaze. This tragic accident may have you wondering whether an assisted living facility or nursing home can
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Choosing the Right Nursing Facility for Your Elderly Family Member

With an estimated 300,000 California residents being cared for in nursing facilities, every day families across the state are faced with choosing the right facility to care for their loved one. And with 18% of all substantiated complaints against nursing homes related to mistreatment or abuse of residents by staff, making sure your loved one
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Pastor’s Family Sues Church over Alleged Elder Abuse

A daughter of Pastor Chuck Smith, who founded the Costa Mesa-based Calvary Chapel, one of the largest protestant churches in the United States, filed suit in September against the church. The suit makes claims of elder abuse and wrongful takeover of property at the hands of the church’s board of directors. The daughter filed the
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Elder Financial Abuse: When Children Take Advantage of their Elderly Parents

Elderly people often complete a durable power of attorney, nominating a third party to manage their affairs in the event they become unable to do so. The majority of elderly people nominate a close family member to act as their agent, thinking nobody will have their best interests at heart more than a family member.
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Who Protects the Protectors?

No one can be certain of the effects that the rigors of war will have on individuals, but it seems evident that everything should be done to help soldiers recover from injuries–whether mental, emotional, or physical–that are a result of entering into combat. However, it appears that those who have jeopardized their lives in the
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Nursing Home Abuse in California

It is sometimes difficult to take care of loved ones, especially when they are older, and we often decide that it is necessary to place them in a facility where they can receive greater assistance and monitoring. When we decide to place our loved ones in these facilities, it means that we are placing great
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Protection for People in Nursing Homes

A Poor Job of Inspecting Nursing Home Complaints in California A recent article from the Sacramento Bee alleges that Los Angeles County health inspectors did not thoroughly investigate health and safety claims in nursing homes. Due to the fact that there were so many complaints regarding nursing homes, the health inspectors allegedly established a system
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Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

When people think of abuse in nursing homes, they tend to focus on physical and emotional pain inflicted upon elderly individuals. However, another type of abuse is present in nursing homes, and it can be just as damaging as the aforementioned types of abuse. Sexual abuse of the elderly is not an uncommon problem, especially
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Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly

Most of us have heard about the frequent and unfortunate abuse of the elderly that occurs in nursing homes across California and the rest of the United States. In fact, just this week officials from the California Department of Public Health met with elder care advocates to discuss the officials’ ability, or lack thereof, to
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