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SAN FRANCISCO- Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center has received the state’s most severe citation and fine after the California Department of Health Services determined that the poor care of an 82-year-old resident led to her death.
State Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Horton announced Monday that the skilled nursing facility in San Francisco received the ominous “AA” citation and a $100,000 fine after the investigation into the Oct. 30 death of a resident with dementia.
The woman, who had a history of falling and wandering out of the facility, was found unresponsive on the ground in a small garden, where she was pronounced dead by a physician. The coroner’s report did not specify the cause of the fall.
The Department of Health Services said Monday that facility managers failed to review, evaluate, update and implement a care plan for the resident. The facility also failed to control the resident’s history of wandering outside, the department reported.

Are you surprised that a resident could get out? Make it all the way outside with no one noticing? Don’t be – there was a Va. case this fall – where a resident actually fell down a huge hill after eloping – 1.4 million verdict. We get calls frequently from families re: their loved ones – found outside, in the parking lot, fallen down stairwells – its a real problem. Dan this week blogged about “wandering” risks or elopement risks. If your loved one wanders (especially a risk for dementia) – TELL THE FACILITY TO KEEP AN EYE OUT!

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Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.

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