Homewood Care Center
75 N. 13th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Citation Number: 070006742
Citation Date: 03/11/2010
Violation Date: 8/24/2009
Class: AA
Penalty: $ 80000

On 8/24/09, staff failed to administer the Heimlich maneuver when a male resident with Alzheimer's disease and difficulty swallowing began to choke on food, causing his death. When the resident began to gasp for air and cough, the feeding CNA sought the RN, who came to the room but left. Staff waited almost 30 minutes before calling 911 and misled police about the timing of the call. The resident was already dead when paramedics arrived. The paramedics summoned the police to the scene. According to the police report, the nursing staff claimed they suctioned the resident and gave him oxygen. However, the paramedics found the suction machine sitting on a nightstand, clean and unplugged, with no tubes attached. The police report also stated the oxygen was not administered at the time the paramedics arrived. A report by the medical examiner stated the paramedics found the oxygen machine in the hallway with a plastic cover on it. The coroner determined the resident's cause of death was asphyxia due to aspiration of food.