"Even if you only suspect that a resident is being abused or neglected, your action could save someone’s life," said Jay Renneisen.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2014
Stop EA (elder abuse) is beginning a new campaign and urging the public to report any signs of abuse or neglect in an assisted living facility as soon as possible. Signs of elder abuse and neglect can include anything from pressure sores, to medication errors, to falls.
“Even if you only suspect that a resident is being abused or neglected, your action could save someone’s life,” said Jay Renneisen.
Elder abuse happens frequently in California assisted living facilities.
An investigation in 2008 by the San Diego Union Tribune the culminated in a story entitled "Care home deaths show system failures" found that 27 elderly residents in San Diego County assisted living facilities died from injuries and neglect. These same offenders were again caught after a recent investigation revealed that care providers are typically not disciplined. Additionally, we have seen repeated lawsuits against some of the largest national chains that have been chronicled in state and national news, highlighting the need for change.
The law encourages victims and their families to seek redress from elder abuse or neglect by contacting an attorney. Assisted living cases are complex and can involve complicated medical and corporate law issues. The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act was passed with the intent to enable families to contact attorneys to take up the cause of abused elderly persons and dependent adults.
The Stop EA campaign, a California law firm and collection of elder advocates founded by three experienced elder abuse attorneys, seeks justice for families whose loved one’s have been harmed in these facilities and to make sure that the same thing does not happen to the next vulnerable, unsuspecting family.
Those who are concerned about the quality of care their loved ones may be receiving in one of these facilities can obtain a free, private case evaluation from Stop EA by calling 1-866-864-1800.
For more information on the campaign, identifying symptoms of neglect and informational videos, visit stopea.org.