As of 2011, there were more than 100,000 residents in California nursing homes, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. If a recent study is to be believed, nearly half of these residents have experienced elder abuse.1
In fact, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that a study conducted in 2000 in which 2,000 nursing home residents were interviewed revealed 44 percent of those residents say they had been abused and almost all reported either being neglected or seeing a resident neglected.2 Only one in 24 incidents of elder abuse are reported, according to the Gerontological Society of America
California Elder Abuse Laws (California Penal Code Section 368(c))
Under PC 368(c), anybody who causes or allows an elderly person to suffer unjustified physical and mental pain is guilty of elder abuse. The law says that caregivers or custodians of elderly people must follow normal standards of care when caring for and treating the elderly. Those who willfully fail to do so, or those who act in a criminally negligent way when doing so may be charged with elder abuse.