Petaluma Patch and The Argus Courier had articles on a recent lawsuit filed against Petaluma Health and Rehabilitation, a facility with a history of well-documented problems. Petaluma Health and Rehabilitation is owned by Evergreen Healthcare, which operates nursing homes throughout California, Oregon and Washington. According to California’s Health Facilities Consumer Information System, the Petaluma facility has received dozens of complaints in recent years. These include complaints about not properly hydrating patients, not doing enough to prevent accidents and not providing proper diets.
A lawsuit filed by Billie Walter on behalf of her mother, Elizabeth Walter, claims she was denied appropriate care and neglected on a repeated basis, so much so that just month later she was sent to the emergency room with a serious infection. In her time at the home, the staff “repeatedly failed to perform basic wound monitoring, nutrition and hydration,” so that the woman’s ulcer condition worsened. The nursing home operator engaged in elder abuse and reckless neglect by not carrying out basic treatments and assessments and by failing to develop and follow a nursing care plan for the patient. As a result, the elder Walter was admitted to the hospital on March 12 suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and serious infections.
The suit also names EHC Management, LLC and Evergreen at Petaluma LLC as owners and operators of Petaluma Health and Rehabilitation.
California Health Care Foundation’s website (http://www.calqualitycare.org/) rates home health care services and nursing homes in the areas of staffing, quality of facility and quality of care. It gives the 98-bed Petaluma Health and Rehabilitation a poor rating based on the number of federal deficiencies, state citations and substantiated complaint and incident reports over a three year period. To receive that rating, the facility scored among the worst 20 percent of facilities of a similar size around the state.