Two Sacramento Area Nursing Homes Land on Neglect Report

Synopsis: San Francisco based advocacy group for nursing home residents makes shocking discovery on the level of neglect at two area nursing homes. Government reports show that these homes were being negligent.

A San Francisco-based advocacy group for nursing home residents has obtained and released reports issued by the state attorney general that detail widespread abuse and neglect in 14 nursing homes, including two in the Sacramento area.
The two local facilities are Florin Health Care Center on 24th Street in Sacramento and Roseville Pointe Health & Wellness Center on Sunrise Avenue in Roseville.
The report on Florin Health Care details untreated pressure sores, sexual assault of one resident by another, a wandering resident leaving the facility without permission and problems with physical therapy staff.
The report on Roseville Pointe describes dirty walls, floors and equipment; pressure sore problems; medication issues; a resident who wandered into the streets and lack of psychological evaluation for one patient and a physical exam for another.
Efforts to reach Daniel Skillman, administrator at Florin Health Care, were unsuccessful.
Dante Louis, administrator at Roseville Point, said the investigation occurred in October 2010 during a period of transition to new ownership and management. Since then, $800,000 has been spent on improvements. A new survey by the state Department of Health showed marked improvement, he said.
Since 2000, a Department of Justice initiative dubbed “Operation Guardians” has been conducting surprise on-site inspections of California nursing homes in an effort to protect residents and improve care for elderly and dependent adult residents. Each inspection culminates in a report.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization, obtained the reports through a Freedom of Information Act request and published them in a report of their own.
“Operation Guardians is an extremely valuable program, uncovering hundreds of instances of inexcusable elder abuse and neglect in our nursing homes,” Pat McGinnis, executive director of the group, said in a news release.
“We do these random inspections of skilled nursing facilities that receive Medi-Cal and turn them over to the Department of Public Health, which is concerned about spending Medi-Cal money wisely and that patients are treated with care,” said Linda Gledhill, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general Kamala Harris.

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