Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Woman Suffers Series of Falls at Pasadena Nursing Facility

Pasadena, Calif. – Helgi Salas was admitted to Jasmin Terrace at El Molino, a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE), for care and assistance with her activities of daily living. Unfortunately, it’s alleged that the facility retained Salas as a resident even though they did not have enough staff to monitor and assist her, which resulted in Salas experiencing a fractured hip, malnourishment, severe dehydration, and the loss of more than 25 pounds. She is now unable to walk and is confined to a wheelchair.

Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner filed a lawsuit against Jasmin Terrace at El Molino for elder abuse and negligent hiring and supervision.

“Helgi required skilled nursing care, a higher level of care than what could be lawfully provided at Jasmin Terrace at El Molino – a non-medical RCFE facility,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Instead, it appears the facility maximized their profits by underfunding and understaffing the facility, exposing Helgi to health and safety hazards that ultimately affected her health for the rest of her life. Sadly, she is now permanently in a wheelchair.”

Allegations and Background

In October 2015, Salas was admitted to Jasmin Terrace at El Molino for long-term care with known conditions, such as dementia, a propensity for wandering and poor balance, all of which rendered her a high fall risk. A RCFE is an intermediate step between independent living and a nursing home, but does not provide medical treatment, which Salas required at the time of her admission. The facility was fully aware that Salas required assistance with activities of daily living as well as full assistance with the administration of medications.

The lawsuit states that on February 24, 2016, Salas experienced a preventable fall at the facility. She suffered a severe head injury and was immediately taken to Huntington Hospital. However, despite her obvious fall risk, the lawsuit alleges that Jasmin Terrace at El Molino failed to implement appropriate interventions to prevent further falls.

The lawsuit states that about one week after Salas returned to the facility from the hospital, she suffered another fall. The lawsuit alleges that during this incident, the facility informed Salas’ son that his mother had been found on the floor in her room. She was once again transferred to the hospital; however, this time, Salas had suffered a fracture to her right hip, which required surgery.

In November 2016, Salas’ son noticed that his mother looked very pale and skinny. The lawsuit alleges that when he inquired about his mother’s diet, staff members lied, claiming that she had eaten a lot, although that was not the case.

On December 27, 2016, Salas’ son once again visited the facility and found her weak, confused and screaming in pain. The lawsuit states that her son instructed the staff to call 911, but they refused, leaving him to call 911 himself. After Salas was admitted to San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, it was determined that she was suffering from a severe UTI, as well as severe malnutrition and severe dehydration.

As a direct result of Jasmin Terrace at El Molino’s neglect and abuse, Salas lost more than 25 pounds, and is now unable to walk and is confined to a wheelchair.