LA nursing home accused of dropping diabetic patient at homeless shelter without insulin

A diabetic man who relies on a wheelchair claims Avalon Villa Care Center in Los Angeles removed him from the facility and dropped him off at homeless shelter downtown without insulin, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Ronald Anderson, 51, said the facility left him in front of the shelter, Union Rescue Mission, with only his wheelchair. Mr. Anderson told CBS Los Angeles he has insurance and lived at the center for the last 18 months. He said he doesn't know why he was taken to the shelter.

In a statement, Avalon Villa said it conducts all patient care, including discharges, in accordance with all laws and regulations, according to CBS Los Angeles.

"Avalon Village Care Center adheres to the highest level of ethics and morals and the care of our patients is our number one priority," Avalon Villa said.

Mr. Anderson told KABC he never signed discharge papers and asked Avalon Villa to help him get into another long-term care facility, but his request went ignored. A city attorney reportedly met with Mr. Anderson and homeless shelter staff regarding the incident. Union Rescue Mission officials told KABC they believe legal action will be taken against Avalon Villa.

More articles on post-acute care: 
Make yourself at home — Reduce spending by bringing acute care to a patient's home 
Methodist Hospital in Omaha to close home health and hospice program in March 
5 nursing homes sue Illinois over low Medicaid rates

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2018. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.

 

Top 40 Articles from the Past 6 Months