Nursing home operator with 2 Torrance...

Nursing home operator with 2 Torrance locations hit with $671M fine

There are 16 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Jul 7, 2010, titled Nursing home operator with 2 Torrance locations hit with $671M fine. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

A nursing home operator with two locations in Torrance was ordered on Wednesday to pay $671 million for failing to provide adequate staffing.

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MichaelP

United States

#1 Jul 8, 2010
So let me get this straight.$671M will put this company out of business, which means it shuts the doors to whatever remaining folks are there. After lawyers fees, the plaintiffs will probably see a few thousand each which is probably a couple months rent in an another facility.

Why do I get the feeling the taxpayers are going to be picking up the tab for this??
ted w

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jul 8, 2010
Come on - just another example of the mess that our 'justice' system is in! 571 MILLION just what were the actuall damages caused by this company? They will go out of business and just where will the current occupants go? Juries filled with people who don't even think they are playing with real money - trail lawyers lined up to take most of the money - stupid and unnecessary! Where were all the government oversight agencies while this was going on? Another governement failure!
Torrance Bob

AOL

#5 Jul 8, 2010
My Grandmother had surgery three years ago on her leg at Little Co. was sent to the one on Garnet.
when I got there one morning it was clear no-one had seen her for hours she was dehydrated disoriented and in her own feces.
Two days later she died, that was the worst run faciltiy I have ever seen they deserve everything they get, their "big deal" attitude towards my grandmothers death was even worse. Shut the place down and get some owners that actually care about the patients and not the money.

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#7 Jul 8, 2010
Hope the other nursing homes can pick up the additional burden we make of our old people, cause we sure don't want it.
Driftwood Sucks

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Jul 8, 2010
While they are at it they should investigate the Driftwood home in Torrance. They almost killed my mother after cancer surgery. They mistreated her the whole time. It took us almost a year to get her well enough to go home after her week and a half stay at Driftwood. During that time she was too weak to have much needed chemotherapy and her cancer cameback. She died sooner than she should have and I blame Driftwood. I wouldn't take my neighbor's dog to Driftwood. And I HATE my neighbor's dog!.
Torrance Mom

Lakewood, CA

#9 Jul 8, 2010
I agree on the Driftwood. My father was sent there from Little Company of Mary and the doctor on call (who hadn't even seen my father) decided on how much medication he should have which wasn't accorate at all. His seizure medication was dropped from 2200 to 300. I talked to him and told him he will start seizing in the am if he doesn't up the dosage. He asked me where did I get my medical liscense from. I told him I didn't have one, I had just been dealing with my handicapped father for 15 years. He refused and I told him about what time to expect him to seize. Which he did seize, we were there, nurses not allowed to 911 they have to call the doctor. I called 911 and they refused to allow them in. I opened the door. The nurse gave me the phone with the doctor and I gave him a nice peice of my mind. They are horrible. I wouldn't send my worst enemy.

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#10 Jul 8, 2010
Should stop allowing posts on this. SOmeone is going to get sued.
The Way It Is

Chino Hills, CA

#11 Jul 8, 2010
I used to work for an Ambulance company. There's not enough space here to tell you the horror stories I've seen at Convalescent Homes. We had to get the police involved more than once. One of the worst was when we were called for a patient who had respitarory distress. We arrived to find no one around, and ended up pulling a piece of fruit out of this guy's throat that no one at the facility knew anything about. That one ended up with criminal charges being filed.

Then there was the woman who had a stroke while her family was visiting, and the nurses refused to call 911, "This happens all the time" they said. The daughter had to physically fight the staff to get to the phone to call 911 herself. She indeed had had a massive stroke. She was only in the facility for rehab after hip surgery. But because she wasn't turned, or ambulated, she had a blood clot travel to her brain.

I could go on....

Believe me, the only reason you're reading about is they got caught. These nursing homes get away with this stuff day in and day out. There are simply not enough investigators to go around.

Since: Apr 10

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Jul 8, 2010
Taking care of our elderly is very serious business. The initial fine is set high and the amount was will known to be excessive. It is also known that the amount will be appealed and then set at a much lower number but at the same time it is sending a bigger message to those who operate these care facilities. For the smart and educated ones it will be "lesson learned". And for those who are not paying attention, well we don't need them anyway.
Driftwood Revisited

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Jul 8, 2010
I made a post under the name "Driftwood Sucks" in which my anger over memories of my mother's stay at Driftwood may have gotten the best of me. I would like to clarify some points. I am not a doctor or medical professional. These where only my honest opinions. I DO NOT have any medical proof or evidence that anything the Driftwood staff did directly caused my mother's early passing. I used the word "mistreated" which may have been too harsh and could be misunderstood. What I meant to say is that I feel my mother should have received better care than she did. When she became very ill, at Driftwood, we had to have the paramedics take her from the facility to the hopital where she stayed for several months. She was supposed to have chemotherapy during this time, but she was too weak. Her cancer later returned. I think that if my mother had received better care from the start she may still be alive today. But this is just my opinion, I have no medical evidence to back this up. Just pain and anger. I would like to apolgize for the "my neighbors dog" comment. That was out of line and I apologize.
pedro sanchez

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Jul 8, 2010
Get ready my Anglo friends this is were you peeps are going, because you know your grown kids wont want you around when you become a nuisance. We take care of our own until the last day. so sad !
south bay

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Jul 8, 2010
Driftwood Sucks wrote:
While they are at it they should investigate the Driftwood home in Torrance. They almost killed my mother after cancer surgery. They mistreated her the whole time. It took us almost a year to get her well enough to go home after her week and a half stay at Driftwood. During that time she was too weak to have much needed chemotherapy and her cancer cameback. She died sooner than she should have and I blame Driftwood. I wouldn't take my neighbor's dog to Driftwood. And I HATE my neighbor's dog!.
I had the same expierence I blame Driftwood for my dad's death. I know it was the bad treatment he recieved there. Dr Wong was not going to send him to the hospital when he was dying there from bad care. I finally demanded it but it was too late. My dad was working daily before the surgery and he was doing fine until he was sent there. I warn everybody about the place. I tried to get a lawyer involved, but was told it is very hard to prove. Iam sorry you had the same experience
rip mom

Van Nuys, CA

#18 Jul 8, 2010
Torrance Bob wrote:
My Grandmother had surgery three years ago on her leg at Little Co. was sent to the one on Garnet.
when I got there one morning it was clear no-one had seen her for hours she was dehydrated disoriented and in her own feces.
Two days later she died, that was the worst run faciltiy I have ever seen they deserve everything they get, their "big deal" attitude towards my grandmothers death was even worse. Shut the place down and get some owners that actually care about the patients and not the money.
i place my mother in broadway by the sea in long beach. They too killed my mother. I walked her in and thirty days later they basically dehydrated my mother and that was it.
VeggiePatty

Rancho Mirage, CA

#19 Jul 8, 2010
There is no real good assisted living in the South Bay.

It starts with poorly paid inexperienced 18-25yr olds assigned to care for people they have no desire to feed, clean or dress.

Sunrise Asst Living in Hermosa for YEARS had/has a sign on PCH saying NOW HIRING. Yes they were always hiring because people were always quitting or getting fired. It showed in the care provided.

Dealing with these facilities is a nightmare and to those who dismiss this you have never had a loved one in a nursing home or asst living.

Here's a tip, keep your loved one at home and hire a live in. It's cheaper and chances are the care will be better!
Lynda Chacon

Carson, CA

#20 Jul 9, 2010
my mom NATALIE was also sent to Bay Crest afater being a patient at Little Co. they all work together these facilities I had to pay $6700.oo for one month for mom to be placed in this kennel. Animals get treated better at the SPCA The take your money and forget you!!! Mom was walking when she went in Feb. and never walked again after going to BAY CREST!!! the just put them in wheelchairs and sit in the hall or tv room and then off to bed at six pm. my mom also got septic and had dehyrdrated and was sent back to Little Co, May 7th and passed away may 21 due to the septic and infections in her bloodstream. She was making her bed at home, traveling to the east coast, hollywood bowl and then after this place she is gone!! Also BAY CREST has never sent me any statements they cant answer any questions it always will get back to you!! I called BAY CREST and told them I would never bring mom back there and they have not even called to ask why or called to ask if she was ok. They are just a big corporation and the owners are basically SLUM LORDS and they should be placed in these facilitys or better yet let them place their parents in this BAY CREST and see if they can sleep at night, Please close this place before more elderly are taken from us to to the lousy care, staff,
and mishandeling of our aged.
lmnop

North Hollywood, CA

#21 Jul 27, 2010
This is all very scary! I have long term care insurance for nursing home but what use is it going to be? From what I've read, these places are worse than warehouses! Thank you all for sharing; I'm so sorry for your losses.

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