Paradise Ridge Buries Resident in Blizzard of Drugs

A nursing home survey from last year reveals the terrible story of a resident of Paradise Ridge Post Acute (formerly called Cypress Healthcare Center) in Paradise, CA.  The state survey team saw the resident in a deep sleep in the middle of the day sitting in her wheelchair.  She could not be aroused.  A review of her records revealed the resident was receiving four pain medications, including three narcotics, as well as four different psychotropic drugs.  The resident had barely moved for two months and was noted to be constantly lethargic and groggy.  She lost weight, fell, and had to be hospitalized for an drug overdose.  The facility was drugging the resident to reduce her “exit seeking and crying behaviors” which in light of her treatment, seem quite reasonable.
The facility was cited for chemically restraining the resident.
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Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.
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