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In California assisting living cases have exploded as Americans are living longer lives.  Assisted living communities will only continue to grow.  The Centers for disease control and Prevention projects that the number of Americans over the age of 65  to more than double from 40.2 million in 2010 to 88.5 million in 2050.  And nearly two thirds of the people that reach the age of 65 will need long-term care services during their lifetime.  This suggests tha the number of assisted living facilities is likely to grow over the years.  

WHAT IS ASSISTED LIVING

Any assisted living case involves one of two lawsuits.

The assisted lving facility accepted someoene into its community whio requires a higher level of care than the facility could provide.  

The assisted lving facility accepted someone into its community who was appropriate at the time of her or her admission, however, at some later point in time, the person was no longer a good fit for assited living, yet the facility kept him or her in the community.  Some people wrongly believe that assisted living homes are skilled nursing facilities.  This is not correct.

A skilled nursing facility has more of a medical provider part than does an assisted living facility.  

TYPES OF CASES BROUGHT AGAINST ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES

There are several claims that can arise out of in the assisted living context.  A common injury that occurs is when the there are falls.  Falls are always a bigi concern and when you have someone that has fallen several times there could be negligence on the part of the assisted living faclility.  Any fall gives notice to the facility, and any such fall gives notice to the facility that the person is not appropriate for an assisted living facility.  In other words one and done.  

Unfortunately, Employee-on resident violence is another concern.  Many times the facilities are staffed with poorly trained, poorly paid, people.  The assisted living arrangements are money making operations meant to maximize money not provide the best environment.  

Therefore, there have been incidences around the country including one in Massachusetts, where a patient was horribly abused by an employee and it was videotaped.

 

These incidences are not uncommon. If your loved one has been injured give us a call and we can help 441-1418.

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