Resident Rights

NYC Doormen Called Upon as New Advocates Against Elder Abuse

Saul Gruber, Esq. Doormen know most everything that goes on in a building–who goes in, who comes out, and why they are visiting. “They have access and they have a relationship,” says Joy Solomon, the powerhouse behind doormen security efforts for the elderly. Solomon is the director of the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home in the Bronx. She established a grant-funded program in partnership with the building workers’ union to help doormen spot all types of elder abuse: physical, sexual, psychological and financial. Detection training began several years ago, but has now broadened to include …

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How to Choose the Best Nursing Home for Your Loved One

Saul Gruber It’s a new year and for some Americans, resolutions aren’t always just personal ones to build a better career or a better body. This year, many will face the challenge of helping their elderly loved ones make the transition of moving into a nursing home. When faced with this challenge, it is important to make the resolution to do your research and find the best home for your loved one. A nursing home should provide quality care, support, and safety for the elderly. Sadly, an overwhelming body of research reveals that many homes neglect this important role. It …

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Elderly Residents Left to Fend for Themselves in Deplorable CA Home

Saul Gruber, Esq. A skeleton crew, including a cook and janitor, called 911 for help at an abandoned nursing home in Castro Valley, California this past month. Last Thursday, the California Department of Social Services ordered the place to be closed due to deplorable conditions. The Department gave owners, Herminigilda “Hilda” N. Manuel and Mary Julleah N. Manuel, the weekend to shutdown and find new homes for residents. Instead, fourteen residents—most bedridden—were abandoned without notice to their families. The home “was hell” according to a neighbor of 25 years. Authorities found decorative holiday pumpkins on the porch, and Easter eggs …

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Californian Report Reveals Elder Abuse Regulation Near Non-Existent

Christopher Nace, Esq. Recently the former director of Public Health in California warned: “Do not count on the government to take care of you.” He wasn’t referring to the current government shutdown, but the crisis of elder abuse. Leslie Bailey, Esq., recently wrote about the issue on the blog Public Justice. She reveals that, according to a report done by the Center for Investigative Reporting, regulators of elderly healthcare in California have failed to protect the ones they serve. The report addresses a crisis level backlog of reported abuse and theft in the Golden State, where approximately 160,000 nursing assistants …

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October is Residents’ Rights Month, Nation Encouraged to Speak Out Against Elder Abuse

By Saul Gruber, Esq. The Consumer Voice has designated October has Residents’ Rights Month, a time to celebrate the opportunity of all facilities to recognize and celebrate the dignity, respect, and value of individual residents. The month is dedicated to all residents living in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Speak Out Against Elder Abuse!” A primary goal of the theme is to encourage residents and their families to be educated about the issue and protect themselves. The Consumer Voice has been …

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