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Nursing home’s negligence blamed for November fire that killed three elderly residents

California state inspectors recently stated that the deaths of three elderly residents at a nursing home last month resulted from the nursing home negligence of its owners and employees. The California Department of Social Services has revoked the license of the owners to operate the home that caught fire in November.

Employees at the home allowed a resident with dementia to have access to a match and lighter the night of a fire, the state alleges. Employees also allowed the same resident to smoke in her room. Both of these allegations of nursing home neglect violate state regulations. Additionally, employees did not ensure that auditory devices for monitoring the facility were working. The state wants to ensure that all residents are accorded safe and comfortable accommodations, free from nursing home abuse and neglect.

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