On July 28, the California Department of Public Health issued a fine and citation to a California nursing home for the negligent care of a resident that resulted in her death. The nursing home, Crestwood Manor in Fremont, received the harshest penalty available according to California state law, which is a fine of $100,000.
The death of Crestwood Manor’s patient happened in July 2014 when the resident choked on a piece of food while she was not being supervised. The incident caused the resident to suffer cardiac arrest. When paramedics reached the scene, they brought the patient to the local emergency room. There, the patient had a seizure and died in the intensive care unit due to a lack of oxygen to the brain.
The CDPH determined that workers at Crestwood Manor were negligent in several ways, leading to the patient’s death. First, the agency said the facility did not provide a safe dining experience for the patient and did not implement a care plan for the resident. The investigation also found that the patient had previous difficulties swallowing and a tendency to eat quickly without properly chewing.
Nursing home neglect issues
Nursing home abuse and neglect are unfortunately much more common than many people may suspect. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 95 percent of surveyed nursing home residents reported that they had been neglected or witnessed the neglect of another patient. Cases of neglect or mistreatment may also be inaccurately reported or understated by nursing home facilities when they respond to state surveys on their residents’ health.
If you believe a loved one has been mistreated or neglected in a nursing home setting, consult a trusted elder abuse attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP in San Diego.