Arizona Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
The state of Arizona, like every other state in the nation, has mandated state laws that are in place to protect elderly and disabled citizens who reside in nursing homes. Unfortunately, even with strict laws, nursing home abuse in Arizona is still happening frequently. Also, sometimes the victim and/or the victim’s family may not even be aware that state laws are being broken. Furthermore, they may not know that they have the right to seek legal recourse for the damages incurred.
Therefore, it’s extremely important to understand Arizona nursing home abuse laws and what your options are. It’s also important to be aware of just how much abuse and neglect many elderly and disabled citizens of Arizona face.
Arizona Nursing Home Abuse Information
Nursing home abuse lawyers represent the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout Arizona including the following cities and their surrounding areas: Mesa, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Tucson and Yuma.
Arizona Nursing Home Abuse Facts
Per Arizona Adult Protective Services (APS) there are an alarming number of abuse and neglect reports investigated each year. The most recent APS Annual Report shows the following:
- 4,257 abuse investigations
- 3,256 neglect investigations
- 3,748 exploitation investigations
- 5,801 self-neglect investigations
Arizona Nursing Home Abuse Statistics:
- Around 40 percent of all abuse reports were made by social services or medical services personnel.
- There were more female victims than male. However, since females typically have a longer life span, according to APS, this may be the reason for this statistic.
- Perpetrators not only consisted of nursing home staff members, but also family members and paid caregivers.
- Most victims were over the age of 60 even though disabled adults 18 and older can live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Arizona Special Focus Facilities
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducts regular, unscheduled inspections on nursing homes throughout the nation in order to make sure that each nursing home is providing quality care to residents. Hundreds of nursing homes throughout Arizona have received the lowest overall score possible during the most recent inspections. Low scores include deficiencies and infractions such as fire-safety issues, health-related infractions and infection control. Some cases are so severe that CMS places them on a national watch list and labels them as “special focus facilities” (SFFs).
SFFs are given the opportunity to remedy their deficiencies. During this time, they are closely monitored by CMS and other agencies. SFFs also have a graphic icon on the CMS Nursing Home Compare tool, identifying them as an SFF.
Keep in mind that if nursing homes successfully complete and submit a managed care plan that proves that deficiencies and infractions have been resolved, they have the opportunity to be removed from the national watch list. It’s important to understand, though, that the serious infractions that landed these nursing homes on the watch list in the first place could pose severe psychological and physical issues to the residents.
Facilities That Have Made the SFF List
Listed below are Arizona nursing homes, that at one point in time, have been listed as an SFF:
- Advanced Health Care of Scottsdale
- Apache Junction Health Care Center
- Archie Hendricks Senior Skilled Nursing
- Avalon Care Center- Shadow Mountain
- Avalon Southwest Health and Rehabilitation
- Capri at the Point Rehab
- Chinle Nursing Home
- Citadel Care Center
- Desert Haven Care Center
- Hacienda Nursing Facility
- Health Care Center (Forum-Tucson)
- Highland Manor Health and Rehab
- Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab (Tucson)
- La Estancia Nursing and Rehabilitation
- La Rosa Health Care Center
- Life Care Center of North Glendale
- La Solana Care and Rehab Inc.
- Mesa Christian Health and Rehabilitation
- Mi Casa Nursing Center
- Palm Valley Rehab and Care Center
- Park Avenue Health and Rehabilitation
- Scottsdale Nursing and Rehab Center
- Springdale Village Health Care
- Springdale West
- Sunset Hills Care and Rehab Inc.
- Sunview Health & Rehabilitation Center
- Tall Pines and Rehab Inc.
Arizona Nursing Home Abuse Laws
As previously mentioned, Arizona nursing home abuse laws were created to protect senior citizens from neglect, exploitation and abuse. This includes abuse at the hands of caretakers, nursing home staff members, family members, friends or anyone else who may take advantage of the vulnerable. According to Arizona state law, nursing home and elder abuse consists of:
- Abuse: Arizona state law considers abuse as the intentional physical harm, injuries caused by negligence, unjustified confinement, sexual abuse, and/or sexual assault.
- Neglect: Arizona state law defines neglect as the deprivation of things that can place the victim in physical and/or emotional danger, such as deliberately failing to provide meals, water, medicines and healthcare services. Other forms of neglect consist of failing to provide a comfortable living area with proper temperature control or any other service to maintain a proper level of physical and emotional well-being.
- Exploitation: The state of Arizona legally defines exploitation as taking advantage of an incapacitated person in an illegal manner. Examples of exploitation include manipulation of an elderly person in order to get access to his or her financial accounts, threatening and/or coercing the victim to provide their financial information, and taking valuable items without consent. Other forms of exploitation by caregivers, relatives or other individuals include gaining the trust or friendship of an elderly patient to obtain money, valuables, and access to financial data.
If any form of nursing home abuse occurs, or there is suspicion, staff, medical professionals and administration must report the incident within 48 hours. This is a state and federal law. Failure to do so could result in fines, possible criminal action and the potential for the permanent closing of the nursing home.
Getting Legal Help in Arizona
If your loved one has suffered from any from of nursing home abuse and/or neglect in Arizona, an experienced Arizona nursing home abuse lawyer may certainly be able to help you. Nursing home abuse lawyers have helped numerous victims become victorious and collect the damages they are entitled to. For more information and for a free consultation, call today.