Elderly Care

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)

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)

MAIN STORY: 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.

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 I)

How the Deaths Were Counted

The California Department of Social Services, or DSS, is responsible for licensing and inspecting assisted living homes, known as Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, or RCFEs.  

Deadly Neglect (Part I)

Surprised and appalled, legislators pledge assisted living reforms

California lawmakers pledged to increase penalties and boost inspections in response to "Deadly Neglect," a three-day series published this week by U-T San Diego that showed serious deficiencies in the state's assisted-living homes.

Deadly Neglect (Part I)

Crimes go uninvestigated at assisted living homes

Elder abuse, sexual assault and other acts regularly go uninvestigated as crimes at assisted living homes across California, as the facilities fall into a jurisdictional haze in which the first response is often administrative sanctions.

Deadly Neglect (Part I)

Investigation reveals fatal neglect in San Diego assisted living facilities

A six-month investigation by U-T San Diego and the Center divulges sobering information about the treatment of senior citizens in assisted living homes.

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