Skip to content


CRUCIAL- PROTECT SENIORS: CALL THE GOVERNOR TODAY!

Dear Friends,

We are at a crucial point in our long fight to restore funding for the
Ombudsman Programs in California. Last week we received the very good
news that by unanimous and bi-partisan vote from the California Budget
Conference Committee we have been placed in the state’s final budget
to be presented to the governor.

Now we need the Governor to say Yes.

CALL GOVERNOR BROWN TODAY AT 916-445-2841 AND SAY,

“I URGE THE GOVERNOR TO SUPPORT THE FULL BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN”.

AS A FRIEND OF THE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM IN VENTURA COUNTY, YOU KNOW HOW
IMPORTANT TO OUR ELDERLY AND DISABLED IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES THIS
PROGRAM IS, IN PROVIDING THEM WITH AN ADVOCATE MANDATED TO FIGHT FOR
THEIR RIGHTS AND NEEDS, AND RESOLVE COMPLAINTS OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE ON
THEIR BEHALF.

MANY OF THOSE WHO BUILT THIS STATE AND SO MUCH OF WHAT WE ENJOY HERE IN
CALIFORNIA NOW LIVE IN OUR LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES. THEY NEED AND
DESERVE AN ADVOCATE IN THIS VERY DEPENDENT AND VULNERABLE SEASON IN
WHICH THEY FIND THEMSELVES, BUT SADLY 60% OF THOSE LIVING IN OUR NURSING
HOMES HAVE NO FAMILY OR FRIENDS WHO EVER VISIT OR LOOK OUT FOR THEM.
THE OMBUDSMAN MAY VERY WELL BE THE ONLY EXTENDED FAMILY OR FRIEND THEY
HAVE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES! BUT THE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM IS IN
TROUBLE ACROSS THE STATE DUE TO LACK OF STATE FUNDING FOR THE PAST SEVEN
YEARS, AND AS A RESULT MANY RESIDENTS ACROSS CALIFORNIA SUFFER AS THEIR
NEEDS GO UNMET, AND COMPLAINTS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT GO UNHEEDED AND
UNADDRESSED.

OUR GOAL IS 3500 CALLS INTO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IN THE NEXT 24
HOURS. IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE TO MAKE THE CALL AND GIVE YOUR SUPPORT.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL TODAY. ON BEHALF OF ALMOST
300,000 RESIDENTS IN LONG TERM CARE IN CALIFORNIA, WE THANK YOU SO
MUCH!!

SYLVIA

PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

Sylvia Taylor-Stein
Executive Director
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.,
Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
T: 805-656-1986 ext 102
Fax: 805-658-8540
www.ombudsmanventura.org
a 501 (c) 3 Public Benefit Corporation
All Donations are 100% Tax Deductible

Posted in Budget Proposals, California.


Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

Hi Everyone,

More information on the use of Anti-psychotic drugs for elderly persons with dementia. These drugs are dangerous and we are so glad to see this widespread problem receiving this kind of attention. Read Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

Sylvia

Sylvia Taylor-Stein
Executive Director
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.,
Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
T: 805-656-1986 ext 102
Fax: 805-658-8540
www.ombudsmanventura.org
a 501 (c) 3 Public Benefit Corporation
All Donations are 100% Tax Deductible

Posted in California, Drugs, Federal Government, Newspapers/Books.


US Attorney Sues SNFs for Overmedicating Residents

Hi Eveyone,

The US Attorney in San Francisco has filed a false claims act lawsuit against two Watsonville nursing homes that used to be operated by Country Villa .

You must read this complaint starting on page 19 and you will see the dreadful horrors that happened to residents as a result of off label, unnecessary, and fraudulent drugging. Just open the link below and click on “Country Villa Complaint” at the bottom of the page. It will open up the complaint and then go to pg 19 and start reading.

This is why we absolutely must continue to advocate for least drugging in our nursing homes in Ventura County! This has to stop!
Thank you for all you do and please share this with your facilities, colleagues, medical directors, and everyone who can benefit from this. Please share!!

Read “Federal Government Sues Nursing Home” PDF here…

Sylvia
………
Sylvia Taylor-Stein
Executive Director
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.,
Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
T: 805-656-1986
Fax: 805-658-8540
www.ombudsmanventura.org
a 501 (c) 3 public benefit corporation

All donations are 100% tax deductible

Posted in Federal Government, Law Suit, Nursing Home.


Government Report Finds One-Third of Nursing Home Residents Experience Harm: Consumer Voice Calls for More Staff

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) is calling for minimum nursing home staffing standards in response to a recently released Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, “Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries.” The OIG investigation found that one third of skilled nursing home residents are being harmed, and in some cases, even dying, as a result of “adverse or temporary harm events” – instances where harm results due to the care provided – or not provided – by the facility. Examples of such events include excessive bleeding due to medication, falls, infections, pressure ulcers, blood clots, acute kidney injury and worsening of preexisting conditions due to lack of care.

In addition to a high level of harm, the OIG found that almost 60% of these events were preventable and resulted from substandard care, inadequate resident monitoring and failure or delay of necessary care. According to Robyn Grant, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Consumer Voice, providing care, treatment and monitoring of residents are all nursing duties. “Poor and often tragic outcomes result when there are insufficient numbers of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs),” Grant said. Low staffing levels are the single most important contributor to poor quality of nursing home care in the United States.1Despite these well-established findings, there is no minimum number of nurse and nursing assistant hours per resident/day mandated by the federal government.

Grant stated that the public should be appalled and outraged that frail elders and persons with disabilities are suffering or dying from preventable events and that tax dollars are paying for treatment needed afterwards. “While you cannot put a price on human suffering, you can certainly put one on hospitalizations,” Grant noted. The OIG estimated that hospital treatment for the harm caused in skilled nursing facilities cost Medicare $208 million in August 2011, amounting to $2.8 billion for all of FY 2011.

To reduce the incidence of these events, the OIG recommends helping nursing home staff to better recognize harm and instructing nursing home inspectors to review what nursing homes are doing to identify and reduce resident harm. “While additional guidance to surveyors could be helpful and educated staff is essential, we must have stronger, more effective enforcement of the federal regulations to bring about change and enough nurses and nursing assistants to carry out good care practices,” said Grant.

The Consumer Voice calls on federal legislators to pass a law requiring minimum staffing standards in nursing homes and to use the wasted $2.8 billion to pay for additional nursing staff so that residents are cared for instead of harmed.

To read the OIG report, click here.

Contact: Robyn Grant (202) 332-2275 x205

1 Charlene Harrington, Ph.D; University of California-San Francisco.

Posted in Articles, Federal Government, Injury, Medicare and Medicaid, National Department of Health and Human Services, Nursing Home.


Fatal Prescription: America’s Pain-Pill Epidemic

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta

More women than ever are dying from painkiller overdoses. How can you spot signs of drug abuse in a loved one? To view the entire story, go to Full Story Here

Posted in Articles, Death and Dying, Drugs.