Elderly Care

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Getting ready for emergency care for the elderly

There is no dispute here – the elderly are coming and in unprecedented numbers. Their arrival promises to have a lasting impact on California’s health system.

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County Approves Care-Home Reforms

San Diego County officials launched an effort to protect residents of assisted living centers on Tuesday, increasing oversight staff, focusing prosecutions and partnering to offer more site-specific information for consumers.

Deadly Neglect (Part II)

Assisted Living Home Probes Too Slow, Say Complaints

Two days after Gary Ernst moved his 89-year-old mother into The Manse assisted living home in Vista, he found her badly infected, dehydrated and covered in bruises.

Deadly Neglect (Part II)

Lawmakers hear assisted-living concerns

State regulators are fundamentally failing residents of assisted living homes for the elderly, leading to abuse, neglect and death, according to testimony on Tuesday at two legislative hearings.

Deadly Neglect (Part II)

Investigative reports spark hearings on assisted living homes

Three key committees of the California Legislature will hold hearings Feb. 11 in Sacramento to probe problems with assisted living homes in the state.

Deadly Neglect (Part II)

Search assisted living violations data for SD County

U-T Watchdog, as a public service, requested from the California Department of Social Services citation data for local assisted- living homes, from 2008 through May of this year. Search here to learn about San Diego County facilities.

Deadly Neglect (Part II)

Assisted living fines often go uncollected

When the California Department of Social Services issues fines to assisted living homes for failing to properly care for elderly residents, the owners are told to pay within 10 days.

Deadly Neglect (Part II)

Medical errors plague care homes

At least 80 times in recent years, employees at San Diego County assisted living homes overlooked serious medical issues, gave the wrong medication or otherwise failed to properly care for vulnerable seniors.

Deadly Neglect (Part II)

Rules let sicker clients into living centers

One factor contributing to medical errors at assisted living homes is that California regulators over the past decade have opened the doors of the facilities to ever sicker seniors by changing the rules.

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