A nursing home called Valley Gardens Health Care and Rehabilitation in Stockton, California has received an “AA” citation from the California Department of Public Health due the neglect of one of its residents. The AA citation is the most severe penalty that can be levied by the state, and is issued only when a patient’s death has occurred in a way that can directly attributed to the conduct of the facility. A $90,000.00 fine was also issued.
According to news reports, which are currently scant on facts, the facility failed to ensure a resident was adequately supervised, resulting in a serious fall, which caused the resident to die.
The California Department of Public Health has the statutory authority license and certify all of California’s nursing homes. Part of its authority is to inspect the homes annually, and respond to consumer complaints. If investigations into substandard care are substantiated, the CDPH has the authority to issue citation, and impose fines. Typically, the fine depends on the significance and severity of the substantiated violation.
The Thousand Oaks nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Walton Law Firm LLP provide free consultations to individuals and families who believe a loved one has been abuse or neglected in the nursing home or assisted living setting. Cases are accepted in all Southern California counties.