- Published on Tuesday, 03 August 2010 17:28
- Written by Elliott Burr
The California Department of Public Health fined Los Altos’ Pilgrim Haven retirement community $100,000 Tuesday for negligence that allegedly led to a resident’s death in late 2009.
The department’s investigation determined facility staff “failed to monitor and supervise” an 85-year-old resident with dementia and a history of falling after he fell Dec. 7.
According to the report, a nurse heard the elderly man yelling for help from another room and discovered him on the floor in his room with a cut on his elbow. He told the nurse he hadn’t hit his head in the fall.
After the incident, the resident became pale and vomited, according to the report.
The resident was transported to Stanford Hospital and he died on Dec. 8. His death certificate listed the cause of death as head injuries.
The report said Pilgrim Haven staff failed to adequately monitor the resident’s change in condition after the fall.
Pilgrim Haven couldn’t be reached for comment immediately.
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