Sacramento Nursing Home Information
Elder abuse in the form of nursing home neglect is a widespread problem in California. It affects all classes of people, in nearly every major city in our state. Unfortunately, the Sacramento area is not immune from elder neglect and abuse. The Law Firm of Sean R. Laird is undertaking a massive project to gather and publish information about Sacramento area nursing homes that consumers can use to help determine wether the potential for elder neglect exists at a particular Sacramento nursing home or assisted living facility you are considering.
Sacramento Nursing Homes vs. Assisted Living Facilities
A nursing home is often referred to by its technical name, “skilled nursing facility.” People will refer to it as a SNF. SNF’s are regulated by a different governmental agency than a Sacramento “assisted living facility.” An “assisted living facility” is technically a “Residential Care Facility for the Elderly” or “RCFE.” Sacramento RCFE’s or assisted living facilities are regulated by the Department of Social Services. Sacramento nursing homes are regulated by the Department of Public Health.
First, you have to understand the problem facing most Sacramento for profit nursing homes. Consider viewing this short, 3-minute video to get an overview of the problem. Boiled down: Sacramento for profit nursing homes are not regulated well by the State, and Sacramento nursing home management companies will, at times, make decisions to increase profits at the potential expense of resident care. You can start by reviewing data from the State, and combine that information with the statistical analysis will we be posting and updating in the near future.
Department of Public Health: https://hfcis.cdph.ca.gov
The Department of Public Health only visits a Sacramento nursing home once a year. Sacramento nursing homes often have sophisticated ways to mask problems in thier facilities, as well as complex ways to predict when the “unannounced survey” is coming. When state surveyors inspect a Sacramento nursing home facility they look for failures to comply with a set of regulations, referred to as Title 22 regulations. Title 22 regulations govern how Sacramento nursing home management companies are supposed to operate their facilities.
If the Sacramento nursing home violates a Title 22 regulation, they are issued a “deficiency,” which describes the problem and what aspect of care or the physical plant to which the deficiency relates. Sacramento Nursing homes are required to generate a “plan of correction,” which outlines the steps they are going to take to address and fix the problem(s). A high number of deficiencies, especially those that relate to quality of care and quality of life, can be indicative of a troubled facility where the potential for resident elder neglect exists.
Department of Public of Social Services: http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov
Sacramento assisted living facilities are regulated by the Department of Social Services. In Sacramento, the Department of Social Services’ Community Care and Licensing Office maintains the surveys, complaints, deficiencies and citations regarding Sacramento assisted living facilities (or RCFE’s.) You can get copies of public documents by making a Public Records Act request to the Community Care and Licensing Office. These records, unlike the records for Sacramento skilled nursing facilities (or nursing homes), are not made publicly available online.
Medicare.gov – Compare Nursing Homes?
You should be highly critical of any online review process that allows a facility to self-submit data that is used to generate star-ratings and other reviews. This fact was recently pointed out in a New York Times article by Katie Thomas entitled, Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System. Sacramento nursing home operators know how they are scored and what staffing levels numbers generate particular ratings. There will be no substitute for your own assessment of the facility, during operations, at times when staffing levels are most stressed.
Sacramento Bee article highlighting problems with Nursing home abuse and neglect
The Sacramento region is not immune from the corporate games for-profit nursing home operators play to avoid liability for elder abuse and nursing home neglect. The Bee provided a resource to help you determine who owns the nursing home you may be considering. Find the article here:
How to Choose a Nursing Home in Sacramento
The Law Firm of Sean R. Laird will be adding information and tips & tricks to really assess Sacramento area nursing homes to see if it is a safe and caring place – worthy of your loved one! See the resources above, and read about some of our cases below.
Recently our firm represented a family whose loved one had been neglected at New Hope Post Acute Care in Tracy, CA. Shortly after our case – the family came to our office and showed us a small piece of newspaper. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT IT WAS.
Recently the Law Firm of Sean R. Laird announced it has filed a complaint that alleges elder abuse and nursing home neglect on behalf of an elderly plaintiff and her surviving family members suffered at Arden Post Acute Rehab in Sacramento, California. Read More Here or Send Us your own stories about Arden Post Acute Rehab.
Emeritus at Citrus Heights Now a Brookdale Facility: – “Brookdale Citrus Heights – Brookdale Senior Living “
The Law Firm of Sean R. Laird filed a 2013 lawsuit against Emeritus at Citrus Heights alleging Elder Abuse and Neglect at the assisted living facility. The Firm has learned that Brookdale Senior Living Corporation has acquired the facility and has renamed it Brookdale Citrus Heights. Send Us Your Own Stories about Emeritus at Citrus Heights, which is now Brookdale Citrus Heights.
Recently the Law Firm of Sean R. Laird announced a lawsuit it has filed on behalf of an elderly plaintiff and her surviving family members that alleges elder abuse and nursing home neglect at Carmichael Care and Rehabilitation, now known as “Eagle Crest” in Carmichael, California (a suburb of Sacramento). Read More Here or Send Us your own stories about Carmichael Care and Rehabilitation aka Eagle Crest.
Mills Peninsula Skilled Nursing and Mills Peninsula Medical Center
Recently the Law Firm of Sean R. Laird announced a lawsuit it has filed on behalf of an elderly plaintiff and her family members that alleges elder abuse and nursing home neglect at the Sutter medical facilities in Burlingame known as Mills Peninsula Skilled Nursing and Mills Peninsula Medical Center. Sutter’s care of this resident left her with a massive pressure wound, or “bedsore” on her sacrum, which made her bedridden and unable to rehabilitate. Read More Here or Send Us your own stories about Mills Peninsula.