As the date for the Brius patient-abuse trial draws near, slowly, ever so slowly, the right to sue a nursing home is in jeopardy. Read about it HERE.
Just what we need-another obstacle to justice for nursing home victims. This has a certain resonance in Humboldt, doesn’t it?
Read about it HERE
I ran into an employee of one of the facilities involved in DA Gallegos’ lawsuit against Skilled Healthcare as described in this blog a couple of days ago. That person informed me that the employees at those facilities are still very concerned about understaffing. Sure enough , the morning’s Times-Standard confirmed that the situation is so bad the facilities are not taking new patients. A very bad situation.
On a happier note, the good people of Palo Alto may be returniing to their liberal traditions. Two Santa Clara County supervisors, Joe Simitian and Dave Cortese, are proposing a measure to buy the mobile home park, Palo Alto’s only low or moderately priced housing, so that the 400 residents won’t have to move. Good for them, and we hope they succeed.
Finally, I should have known better but I had my heart broken again when the Grocery Outlet stopped carrying those wonderful little avocados they were selling for two bucks a bag. They were just right for a single serving or any time you didn’t need beautiful uniform slices. O you Grocery Outlet~ you get us hooked, then you pull back! That’s the way it goes at an outlet store. Hope you bring those little avos back real soon.
Have a great weekend. Eat lots of oysters!
Or perhaps we should say, not out of trouble yet. Brius, as you recall, is the outfit that bought the local operations of Skilled Healthcare after they lost their court battle with DA Paul Gallegos over substandard conditions in their facilities, which include the Seaview, Granada, Pacific, Fortuna and Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Centers. The original jury award was for $62M, a lot of which went to legal fees. Brius, which does business here under the name Redwood Healthcare Services, is the largest chain of nursing homes in the State with 82 facilities. It has come under fire from the State, which decertified three of their facilities. This is a serious sanction as it means they no longer qualify for Medicare funding.
If you have a loved one in one of these facilities drop over frequently and on short notice and keep track, as best you can, to ensure each resident receives the 3.2 hours of daily care to which they are entitled under the law. Health care is a tough business but it’s even tougher to be a patient.