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July 05, 2013

A Sacramento, California nursing home has been fined and deemed responsible for nursing home abuse this week after an incident in 2012 in which a resident choked on food and died.

According to reports, 86-year-old Mary Yip was a resident of the Asian Community Center nursing home. Her medical records indicate that she suffered not only from dementia but a previous stroke, which made it difficult for her swallow. She required assistance at all times during meals. Yet, the caregivers at the nursing home neglected to assist Yip in January of 2012. Consequently, she died the next day after choking on a piece of meat.

FATE, a non-profit organization that protects the elderly, filed a complaint shortly after Yip’s death. The California Department of Public Health backed up the complaint, resulting in a Class AA citation and an $80,000 penalty against the nursing home.

This Wednesday, investigators released a public report, detailing the events surrounding Yip’s death. Even though physician-directed caregivers to carefully monitor Yip while eating, they did not. Additionally, Yip should have only been allowed to eat soft foods, yet she was eating meat. She started choking shortly after. A staff member attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver but failed. By the time help arrived, Yip was unconscious and in complete cardiac arrest. She never recovered and died the next day.

Only four other nursing homes have received a Class AA citation in the past several years.

If your loved one has been victim to nursing home abuse and/or neglect, it’s important to retain the services of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney who can help you get the justice you deserve. At McIver Brown law firm, our team of dedicated California nursing home abuse lawyers is happy to assist you. Give us a call today for a free consultation.


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