Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Woman Suffers at a Residential Care Facility

Napa, Calif. – Atha Jo Mallare, an elderly woman, moved into A Hidden Knoll in August 2016 after it became difficult for her to live on her own due to her dementia and believed that A Hidden Knoll would provide the care she sought; however, shortly after her admittance, it’s alleged that Mallare’s medical issues worsened. Mallare’s dementia progressed, she had lost at least 30 pounds, and she could no longer hold conversations with her family, walk, or feed herself. Only a few months later, A Hidden Knoll placed Mallare on hospice care, where it appears that the facility’s staff discovered that Mallare also suffered from pressure sores and bruising.

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against A Hidden Knoll for elder abuse and negligent hiring and supervision.

“It’s clear from Atha Jo’s rapid decline that the conditions at A Hidden Knoll were not just lacking, but downright abusive,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Based on what we know now, it appears that instead of providing her with the daily assistance she desperately needed, A Hidden Knoll flat-out ignored Atha Jo and her medical needs, and unlawfully retained Atha Jo to maximize their own financial bottom line. This type of behavior serves to reflect a horrible wrong to our elder infirm family members whose care is entrusted to facilities such as A Hidden Knoll. Atha Jo’s sudden weight loss and painful pressure sores could have, and should have, been completely avoided had A Hidden Knoll just done what they promised to do, which was simply to provide proper care to Atha Jo.”

Allegations and Background

According to the lawsuit, Mallare, an elderly woman who suffered from dementia, was living on her own, but in August 2016, it became too difficult for her to care for herself and she decided to move to A Hidden Knoll. Prior to her admission, it’s alleged that A Hidden Knoll’s staff was fully aware that Mallare required a high level of care and interventions to prevent injury.

However, shortly after being admitted, the lawsuit states that Mallare’s dementia worsened, she had lost at least 30 pounds in less than six months, she often cried out in pain but was unable to explain why, and she could no longer hold conversations with her family, walk, or feed herself, all of which resulted in a substantial decline in her ability to function without assistance.

By May 2017, and to the surprise of her family, Mallare was placed on hospice care and required assistance with all of her activities of daily living. At the time Mallare was placed on hospice care, it was allegedly discovered that she suffered multiple pressure sores and had bruises on her body, all of which were concealed by the facility’s staff from Mallare’s family members. Prior to this time, the facility’s staff never informed Mallare’s family about any decline in Mallare’s condition.