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Relatives of elderly residents who suffered substandard care at a chain of nursing homes said Friday that they believe $2 million in penalties levied against the owner this week will do little to force real reforms at the company, one of the biggest nursing home operators in the nation. Beverly Enterprises Inc.
January 22, 1999
A lack of awareness about the increasing incidence of elder abuse was the impetus for a new 30-second public service announcement released to local television stations Thursday. "There is much more attention given to spousal and child abuse," said Bonnie Matchinga, president of Impact PSA, the group that produced the announcement. At a showing of the spot at a West Hollywood theater, Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti said, "We have to educate our community. This is a problem for all of us."
December 2, 1989
In the first elder-abuse case in Ventura County, a Thousand Oaks woman was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and was placed on five years' probation Friday for her role in the death of her elderly mother by neglect, according to the district attorney's office. Theresa McKelvey, 28, also was ordered by Ventura Superior Court Judge Robert J. Soares to pay a $500 fine and perform 500 hours of community service, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Ronald C. Janes, supervisor of the major crimes unit.
March 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A tax auditor and his wife have been charged with felony elder abuse in the death last month of the man's mother, 81. Pik Ng, who died Feb. 17 at a local medical center, had been found by paramedics lying on the floor of her room, emaciated, unable to talk and covered in bedsores and her own urine and feces, said San Mateo County Deputy Dist. Atty. Melissa McKowan. Despite treatment, she eventually died after being taken off life support.
September 24, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY
The daughter of a 68-year-old Huntington Beach man who died after months of neglect will face criminal elder abuse charges even though she was not her father's primary caretaker, prosecutors said Thursday. The Orange County district attorney's office decided to prosecute Susan Valerie Heitzman in connection with Robert Heitzman's 1990 death after winning an appellate court decision allowing them to take the action.
April 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
An estimated 1.5 million elderly Americans are abused each year, often by their own children, but the government has "virtually ignored" the worsening problem, a House subcommittee reported today. Most cases of elder abuse go unreported because older people are ashamed to admit their families abuse them or they fear reprisals if they complain, the subcommittee on health and long-term care reported.
July 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Yuba County jury has convicted a former Marysville nursing home worker of elder abuse for leaving a 98-year-old patient with Alzheimer's disease outside the facility overnight. Debbie Montes, 25, could be sentenced to up to six months in jail. Mildred Taylor died about a month after the morning she was found in her wheelchair on a patio. No one testified to seeing Montes push Taylor outside, but the jury found that Montes had lied about checking on all her patients before leaving work at 10 p.
October 14, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL
Federal, state and local officials will weigh in with their perspectives on crime against senior citizens during Ventura County's 6th Annual Elder Abuse Summit next week. The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the Ventura Townehouse, 4900 Telegraph Road, Ventura. During the summit, Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury will discuss his office's elder abuse and senior crime prevention program. Percy Devine, regional program director for the U.S.
March 29, 1997 | LORI HAYCOX
Abuse and neglect of senior citizens in Orange County will be the subject of a conference on April 18 at Irvine Civic Center. The conference's purpose is to educate the community about how to detect signs of elder abuse, a crime that has increased about 56% in Orange County since 1990, said Jack Light, assistant program manager for Orange County Adult Protective Services Agency. Speakers will be William G.
August 4, 1999
Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn announced Tuesday the formation of an Elder Crimes Unit to investigate and prosecute elder abuse. Speaking to members of the Senior Shalom Club at the West Valley Jewish Community Center, Hahn called senior abuse "a hidden problem that must be brought out in the open and then eliminated." Added Hahn: "A civilized city can have no tolerance for these types of crimes."
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