Los Angeles County Nursing Home Fined for Resident Death

San Dimas nursing home Casa Bonita Convalescent Hospital was fined $121,000 by the Department of Public Health after the death of 88-year-old resident Rita Twomey. State regulators issued three citations after finding that caregivers turned off the alarm of a ventilator keeping the resident alive. When the ventilator malfunctioned, no alarm was sounded and the resident died.

According to reports, Twomey’s daughter found her mother in bed with her lips and fingers blue. Tragically, the daughter tried to keep her 91-year-old father, whom she had brought for a visit, from going into the room. “They didn’t even get to say goodbye,” the daughter said. “That’s the heartache.”

The 106-bed Casa Bonita disputes the allegations made by the state, and intends on appealing the fines in Superior Court.

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