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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Unrepresented Nursing Home Residents from Physician and Staff Abuses

A lawsuit filed Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Alameda Superior Court against the California Department of Public Health (DPH) on behalf of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) and several nursing home residents seeks to find unconstitutional a California law that permits nursing homes residents to be found incompetent and administered mind-altering drugs, placed in physical restraints, have life sustaining treatment ended and denied due process if they seem not to have a “surrogate” or anyone to assist them in opposing such treatment decisions.