Welcome to the Sierra County Nursing Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect Information site of Young & Wallin. Nursing home abuse and neglect and elder abuse remain largely a hidden problem. Mostly, this is because many victims of abuse and/or neglect are often physically isolated, unable to ask for help, or are afraid of repercussions. Unfortunately, many of these victims suffer tremendously and, in the worst of cases, die at the hands of their caretakers or as a result of negligent care. Definitions of what constitutes elder abuse and neglect do vary. However, one of the best definitions is the “knowing, intentional, or negligent act” that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an elderly person.
The elderly and disabled adults are among our most vulnerable citizens and it is important that they receive compassionate and quality care. At the Sierra County Nursing Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect Law Firm of Young & Wallin, we have successfully represented victims of elder abuse for years. We tailor how we handle each case by the unique facts involved, utilizing a vast amount resources and employing creative legal means in order to obtain the best possible result. With an extensive amount of legal expertise in elder abuse law and a proven track record of success, we help our clients achieve their goals. If you believe a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, nursing home negligence, or elder abuse, please contact the Sierra County Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneysat Young & Wallin today for a free case evaluation.
Helpful Links for Sierra County Seniors
Despite our best efforts, we sometimes do not even realize that a loved one or friend is being abused or neglected. It is important to watch for certain signs such as depression, severe mood changes, and unexplained abuses. If abuse or neglect is suspected, then it is even more important to get help as soon as possible. Below, we have provided you with a variety of links as to where you can file a complaint and gather information pertaining to nursing home abuse and elder care.
Reporting Elder Abuse
Sierra County Ombudsman Office
The long-term care Ombudsman advocates for long-term care residents in Sierra County. His or her primary responsibility is to conduct investigations into complaints of abuse and neglect.
Department of Health Services Licensing and Certification Office
When a nursing home abuse complaint is filed in Sierra County, the Department of Health Services Licensing and Certificate Office generally conducts investigation within ten days.
Adult Protective Services
The Sierra County APS office conducts investigations into reports of abuse of seniors and vulnerable adults in Sierra County. Additionally, APS provides such services as emergency shelter and counseling for victims of abuse.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)
This site offers information for Sierra County victims and other interested parties regarding nursing home abuse and neglect and provides instruction on how to file nursing home abuse and neglect complaints.
The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging
The association offers a variety of services to California seniors and it oversees Med-Cal which investigates and resolves complaints made by or on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities throughout California, including Sierra County.
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
The NCEA site is a helpful resource for elder abuse victims and their families. The site provides a number of important links.
Sierra County Sheriff’s Office
The Sierra County Sheriff’s office offers protective services to the residents of Sierra County and conducts investigations into severe cases of nursing home abuse (i.e., sexual assault, severe lacerations, burns, etc.).
Senior Advocacy Groups
California Department of Aging (CDA)
The CDA site offers an array of information for Sierra County seniors, including information on abuse and neglect. In addition, the CDA provides counseling, case management, in-home services, and more to Sierra County seniors.
California HealthCare Foundation
This site provides a wealth of information for Sierra County seniors regarding California long-term care facilities. On this site you can view comparative information with regard to Sierra County long-term care facilities, including facility characteristics, nurse staffing levels, and quality indicators.
Coalition to Protect America’s Elders (CPAE)
The CPAE works closely with our nation’s most prominent senior organizations to provide public awareness regarding nursing home abuse.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)
The CANHR site provides information on Sierra County nursing homes, including complaint, citation, deficiency, and financial data.
The Administration on Aging
The Administration on Aging site provides information pertaining to the Older Americans Act, the federal legislation, and State Ombudsman programs. In addition, it provides a variety of helpful resource links for Sierra County residents and other interested parties.
National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)
The NCCNHR runs the National Ombudsman Resource Center and works closely with California long-term care ombudsman offices to insure the safety of seniors. This site provides data pertaining to nursing home abuse and offers helpful resource links.
Elder Angels, Inc.
Elder Angels is a California advocacy group that strives toward preventing financial abuse of California seniors, including those in Sierra County. Here, you will find information regarding senior financial abuse.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMC)
The CMMC is a federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid. The CMMC regulates Sierra County long-term care facilities with regard to Medicare and Medicaid services and benefits.
This site provides comparative information pertaining to long-term care facilities in Sierra County, including quality measures, inspections, and staffing.
Aging Services of California
This site offers a wealth of information regarding long-term care and provides links and information on California long-term care facilities.
The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL)
This site provides information pertaining to assisted living and assisted living facilities.
Information on Elder Abuse and Neglect
Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)
CANE is the nation’s largest computerized collection of elder abuse resources and materials.
The helpguide site offers information for Sierra County seniors on elder abuse and elder neglect and it provides an overview of the signs, symptoms and causes of elder abuse.
Senior Citizen Bureau (SCB)
This site provides Sierra County seniors and other interested parties with an informational database on Sierra County nursing homes, including fraud alerts and nursing home facility complaint histories.
The Wikipedia site provides factual and statistical data as well as other information pertaining to elder abuse.
Should you find that you need legal assistance, please contact the Sierra County Nursing Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys of Young & Wallin! Sierra County Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Young & Wallin seek to prevent the victimization of seniors throughout Sierra County including, Downieville, Loyalton, and Sierra City. As a leading California Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect Law Firm, Young & Wallin also handles cases out of state on a case-by-case basis.