The death of an elderly patient is being blamed on elder abuse and negligent hiring. It’s distressing to read about, and presents a worrisome picture of what can happen to vulnerable seniors.
A lawsuit has been filed by the daughter of Jeanne Roney, 91, against Golden LivingCenter in Napa, California, accusing the nursing home of neglect. Roney died nine days after being diagnosed with scabies, but the list of ailments that the lawsuit alleges went untreated by the facility is lengthy.
The Napa Valley Register reports, in “Former Napa care facility sued for elder abuse after patient dies,” that Golden LivingCenter Napa allegedly failed to provide sufficient staff in number or in training to properly care for Jeanne, causing serious injuries and death. Her attorney stated, “Golden LivingCenter charged top dollar for care and then failed to hire and retain sufficient and competent staff to provide required care to Jeanne in order to prevent further injury.”
Roney was suffering from dementia and other medical conditions that caused her to require help with daily activities. She came to Golden LivingCenter in 2011, after she suffered a stroke and fractured her leg.
The lawsuit alleges that Golden LivingCenter failed to provide Roney with IV antibiotic therapy, which she required to prevent her from developing life-threatening infections, failed to appropriately treat her infection and failed to prevent the infection from getting worse. She developed multiple urinary tract infections, requiring care at a local hospital in 2015 and 2016, while a resident of Golden LivingCenter. Last winter, she developed another urinary tract infection and was eventually diagnosed as being dehydrated and septic.
The suit also claims that four employees at Golden LivingCenter contributed to Roney’s injuries, one of whom—Ronald Mesia Moralde—was caught with stolen medication taken from Golden LivingCenter last spring. Moralde pleaded no contest to first degree burglary last August. The drug charges and misdemeanor crimes against an elder adult were dropped. He was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation.
The complaint alleges that the facility knew it was understaffed and that its employees were not sufficiently trained. This resulted in the withholding of medical and custodial services to residents. The lawsuit alleges that management did this to make money.
In addition to four self-reported incidents, Golden LivingCenter has received 85 complaints in the last five years. The same attorney representing Roney is also representing another patient who is suing for elder abuse and negligent hiring and supervision.
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