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Nursing Home Abuse

We shield the most vulnerable members of society from cruelty and exploitation

Placing a family member in a nursing home or treatment facility means trusting those who work there to care for that person with professionalism and respect. Far too often, nursing homes or assisted living facilities break that trust and deny elders their dignity. Abuse of elders in nursing homes through neglect, malpractice or other means is shockingly common.

The Law Offices of Robert G. Schock provides protection for your vulnerable family members. We help exploited individuals receive compensation for what they have endured and ensure that they obtain the standard of care they deserve going forward.

What are possible types of nursing facility abuse?

The federal government regulates nursing homes that receive Medicare or Medicaid and sets the standards that they must meet. The Nursing Home Reform Act requires facilities to "provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care."

Some of those requirements include:

  • Every facility must have sufficient nursing staff.
  • The facility must prevent the deterioration of a resident's ability to bathe, dress, groom, transfer and ambulate, toilet, eat, and communicate.
  • The facility must ensure that residents do not develop sores, and necessary treatment and services must be provided to promote healing and prevent infection.
  • Patients must be given sufficient fluid intake to maintain proper hydration and health.
  • The facility must maintain accurate, complete and easily accessible clinical records for each resident.

What do I do if I suspect nursing home abuse?

Signs of nursing home abuse include:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Bruising from falls
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Sudden weight change
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unusual behaviors

If a loved one begins exhibiting signs such as these, talk to that person about possible causes, such as falls or other accidents, and try to investigate the conditions at the facility. Victims of elder abuse are often reluctant to discuss the situation for a variety of reasons, including fear of retaliation. If you are convinced, or even concerned that a facility is abusing your family member through neglect or other means, we can help. Robert Schock has more than 30 years of experience protecting the rights of our clients' loved ones who have been mistreated.

Contact us for a free initial consultation at our Oakland or Concord office

Do not let a loved one be abused. The Law Offices of Robert G. Schock works hard to uncover the conditions at facilities that are suspected of mistreating the people in their care. If you know someone who is not receiving proper care, call us at (510) 839-7722 or contact us online to schedule a no-risk initial consultation at our office in Oakland or Concord. Street and lot parking is available.

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