New York Times Reports Nursing Homes Putting Profit Above Care of Elders

A September 23, 2007 article by the New York Times reveals how major for–profit nursing home corporations are dividing themselves into many separate corporations in order to avoid being held accountable for neglect and how private equity firms are buying up large portions of the nursing home industry because of the enormous profits to be made from the care of sick and frail old people.

Contact Information for Evacuated Elders in San Diego County

The following organizations may be able to provide information on the location of elders who have been relocated due to the fires in San Diego County: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program: (858) 560–2507(Information on nursing home and assisted living facility evacuations) Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division:(Information on nursing home and hospital evacuations) San Diego North District Office: (619) 278–3700San Diego South District Office: (619) 688–6190 Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing: (619) 767–2300(Information on assisted living facility evacuations) San Diego County Emergency Homepage: American Red Cross Safe and Well List: FEMA Family Registry and Locator System: (800) 588–9822(Helps if you have been separated from friends and family by the fires or to assist your search for friends and family.

Bill seeks faster investigations into complaints against nursing homes

Original source:Los Angeles Times The state has left some cases unresolved for a year or more, leaving families to fear their relatives will face harm and negligence in the interim.By Charles Ornstein, Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOctober 2, 2007 Octavio “Nito” Jimenez’s relatives remember being told by staffers at his Oxnard nursing home that he had “a little sore” on his foot.