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As of 05/13/17, fifty (50) residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) have an "on probation" status with the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division's (CCL). The decision to render a facility on probation is underlined in the decision and order by the authority of CCL's legal administrative action prohibiting the operation of facilities, which includes, but not limited to, admitting new residents. CARR reviews CCL’s documents to update consumers on facilities currently or no longer, due to closure, on probation.
Preventing elder abuse is everybody's business. If your loved one is a resident in assisted living, keep a close watch on that person, and the other residents in the facility for that matter. Watch for unexplained bruising, skin tears, decubitus ulcers and other tell-tale signs. And remember its not just physical abuse (slapping, hitting), psychological abuse (yelling, screaming), it is also NEGLECT.
Neglect can manifest as bed sores on the back, buttocks, heels, and elbows. Be especially watchful if your resident is bedridden or is under a Total Care Waiver. As you know, assisted living facilities are understaffed by regulation (". . . staff in sufficient number to care for resident needs. . ."), so often facilities don't have sufficient staff to comply with standard protocols of turning residents every two hours. The following information was prepared by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA).
By now, we all know someone contending with the needs of an aging family member. And while aging and dependency are not synonymous, there does come a point in time (be it brief or extended) where reliance on others will enter the picture. Sound familiar:
A dramatic 9-1-1 audio clip documents the call made by a staff member of Glenwood Gardens (a Brookdale Assisted Living community in Bakersfield, CA) requesting an emergency response to help a resident – Ms. Bayless. We hear the 9-1-1 dispatcher plead with the staff member to administer CPR to the resident. The staff member refuses, citing facility policy. The EMTs arrive, the resident is not breathing, and is pronounced dead at the hospital. It is unfortunate it takes a disturbing event to capture our attention, but nonetheless, this single event has finally prompted a worldwide discussion about the care provided within assisted living* facilities. All media forums have been buzzing about the legal, ethical, and practical implications of the staff member’s actions. CARR was contacted by local media (Channel 6 (Chrisy Selder), and KPBS (Chris Murphy) to give context to the event. In sound bites we could not share enough for the consumer, so we conclude the commentary here.