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Can the manager of a retirement facility refuse to allow her employee to respond to a resident in distress?

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The California Welfare and Institutions Code §15600 (along with several other federal and state laws) prohibits retirement facilities from neglecting residents, which includes the failure to provide medical care for a resident's physical and mental health needs, as well as the failure to exercise the degree of care that a reasonable person would exercise in the same situation.

If a manager of a retirement facility refused to assist (or failed to allow an employee to assist) a resident in distress, the nursing home would likely be liable for any injuries that result.

Learn more about California nursing home abuse and neglect laws.

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