State seeks to close nursing home where patient escaped in June

The state of California is suing to revoke the license of Paragon Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care, part of a chain of 210 homes operated by Sunwest Management Inc. The violations stem from allegations of six injured clients and one death at the home due to insufficient care. Another man has been missing from the home since June and police say he may be dead. These allegations of abuse and neglect have led the state to take action against the home.

The state is seeking to revoke the license of the home and bar seven of the home’s management team including its president, from ever working in the residential care facility industry in California.

Other allegations include the home admitting patients that are too sick for the home to care for. For example, the home is a residential care home that does not provide full-time nursing care and is not licensed to accept patients with open wounds, severe disabilities or those who are terminally ill, unless a special waiver is obtained. However, the state alleges the home has admitted patients with these severe injuries while employing a staff that gave lackluster care and was prone to literally “sleeping on the job.”

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