Home Care: Alzheimer Patient Not Liable for Caregiver Injury

December 1, 2014 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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The California Supreme Court ruled that a person with Alzheimer disease is not liable for causing an injury to a home caregiver.

A man contacted a home healthcare agency for assistance with his wife, who has Alzheimer disease. The home healthcare agency provided the services of the plaintiff, who was trained and experienced in managing people with Alzheimer disease and whose duties included supervising, bathing, dressing, and transporting the wife, in addition to some housework. The plaintiff was aware that people with Alzheimer disease could be violent, and...

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