La Palma, California
Welcome to the La Palma page for the Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi. Our team is well versed in elder abuse and nursing home neglect. We strive to provide an end to the suffering and injustices faced by those who have been injured or abused while at a nursing home or assisted living facility. We hope that this website provides you with some information about the duties that these facilities owe to their patients and what to do if you believe there has been abuse or neglect.
The city of La Palma is the smallest city in Orange County. It is located in between Cerritos and Cypress. The city was originally incorporated in 1955 as Dairyland because of the 18 dairies that filled the city. In 1960, after the dairies relocated, the name was changed to La Palma. The city is notable for its small and friendly neighborhood vibe as well as for having the lowest crime rate and lowest police response time in Orange County. It was ranked one of America’s Best Places to Live, by Time Magazine in 2011, 2013, and 2015. In 2010 La Palma’s population was 15,568 with about 15.9% of the population at age 65 years or older. Currently there is only one assisted living facility in La Palma but there are about 10 nursing homes nearby.
A common type of abuse that occurs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is in the form of preventable infections. To stop the emergence of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, which are generally responsible for the spread of infections, it is important that nursing home staff take infection control measures and maintain good hygiene. Nursing homes must ensure that their staff is educated to follow sanitation measures. The nursing staff’s hand hygiene is key to infection control. Changing bed sheets often, cleaning the floors, sterilizing equipment, and disinfecting the environment, are some other things that these facilities are responsible for to prevent infections and give their patients the best quality of care possible. In addition, nursing homes should avoid overcrowding and provide isolated care of infected residents to not spread the disease further. Some types of infections that occur among the elderly in a nursing home are urinary tract infections, infected blood vessel ulcers, or infections in the stomach. It is necessary that nursing homes be well staffed to be able to provide these services to their residents. Often understaffing leads to a decreased quality of care when the nursing staff on duty cannot care for the personal hygiene of all the residents and their surroundings.
Preventing infections by ensuring that the area in which patients are residing in is clean and meets sanitation measures is the duty of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If you or a loved one has contracted a serious infection while at a nursing home or have been a victim of elder abuse, contact us today for a free consultation. Our team of experts will work with you to bring justice to those who deserve it.