The maximum fine allowed by law, $100,000, has been fined to a Sacramento nursing home in the death of 84-year-old resident, said state officials on Friday.
An investigation by the Department of Health Services has concluded that poor care of the man by the Arden Rehabilitation and Health center lead to his death on July 13, 2005, said Dr. Mark Horton. The coroner’s report said the causes of death included bleeding that was caused by a blunt force head injury, bronchopneumonia and multiple contusions.
The man, whose name has not been released, was transferred to an acute care hospital on June 25, 2005 with extensive bruising to his arms, chest and legs. He was then sent back to Arden Rehabilitation and Health Center only four days later before returning to the hospital again on July 2.
The state’s investigation found that the nursing home’s staff noted seven times between August 2004 and June 2005 that the man had significant bruising and skin tears.
The nursing home’s policies said those injuries were supposed to be reported to the Department of Health Services as possible instances of abuse but were not.
There also was no evidence that the home conducted a prompt and thorough investigation of the injuries, the state said, and the man’s physician was not consistently notified by the home about suspicious bruises on his body.