Villa Redondo in Long Beach Sued for Elder Abuse and Negligence
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Villa Redondo Care Home in Long Beach for elder abuse, negligence, and negligent hiring and supervision. The lawsuit alleges that the facility’s inattention and carelessness caused Lorne Bargmann to suffer numerous falls and injuries.
“Mr. Bargmann’s injuries were absolutely avoidable; however, the facility blatantly ignored his known risk and failed to provide him with the care he needed,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia.
In April 2014, Mr. Bargmann became a resident at Villa Redondo because his daughter could no longer care for him at home. Upon admission, Mr. Bargmann had diabetes that needed to be managed, was experiencing hallucinations, had a propensity to wander and a history of falls. Additionally, he had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years. He required complete supervision and assistance with all activities of daily living due to his high risk for falls.
Through family information, assessment and physician’s information, both the facility and staff were well aware of Mr. Bargmann’s condition. The facility accepted responsibility for Mr. Bargmann as a resident, but neglected the special care he needed, including 24-hour supervision, assistance in transfer, the provision of safety devices and the implementation of interventions to prevent falls. The staff knew that Mr. Bargmann had a propensity to wander yet failed to create and implement proper care plans to prevent him from suffering falls that could result in injury.
Additionally, Mr. Bargmann would often sit in his wet diapers for extended periods of time and was rarely bathed. When Mr. Bargmann’s family discovered his poor hygiene, they were forced to hire private caregivers to assist him because the staff was unable to provide such care due to under-staffing. The facility retaliated against Mr. Bargmann’s family after they questioned and complained to administrators about the fact that Mr. Bargmann was not being bathed or changed regularly. As a result, the facility responded to the family’s complaints by unlawfully threatening to evict Mr. Bargmann from Villa Redondo.
During one occasion, the facility was so understaffed that residents had to be taken into the dining hall one by one, which required other residents to be left alone. It was during this time that Mr. Bargmann was left unattended in the hallway and fell out of his wheelchair, suffering a severe laceration to his eye, which required 13 stitches.