San Bernardino Nursing Home Fined After Resident Suicide

The Del Rosa Villa nursing home in San Bernardino received the state’s harshest citation after investigators concluded that inadequate care led to a resident’s suicide. The California Department of Public Health issued a AA citation and a fine of $90,000.

According to reports, on June 11, 2009 a 52-year-old resident was found hanging from a fence in the parking lot of the nursing home. He apparently had rolled his wheelchair through a back entrance to the nursing home and into parking lot where he hung himself with a belt
The man’s care plan, which all skilled nursing facilities must maintain for patients, required that he be under suicide watch at all times, and that a nursing assistant admitted to investigators that she made a mistake. It was not the man’s first attempt at suicide. He was in the facility from an acute care hospital where he was admitted after throwing himself in front of a moving vehicle.

In response to the citation, the nursing facility’s attorney Elizabeth Tyler disputed the report that the resident required constant supervision. “We serve as a hospital,” she said, “not a mental institution.”

The nursing home may challenge the state’s findings.

Source: The Press Enterprise

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