A lawsuit against a company that owns 15 nursing homes in Washington has been expanded to include new allegations that the homes admitted residents with disregard to meeting their needs in order to boost profits. The suit, which has been removed to U.S. District Court in Seattle, also alleges that Milwaukee-based Extendicare Health Services violated consumer protection laws by advertising high-quality, skilled nursing care and failing to deliver. The Plaintiffs are two former residents and a man whose daughter died at Aldercrest Health & Rehabilitation Center in Edmonds after her tracheal tube clogged with mucus within 24 hours of being admitted.
The Plaintiffs’ lawyers also say Extendicare, which runs one of the largest nursing-home chains in North America, violated a state law that bars nursing homes from making residents sign a form waiving liability for injury or property loss. The Plaintiffs allege in their complaint that extendicare is “more interested in protecting themselves from liability and thereby increasing profits than protecting the rights, health and safety of their own elderly and vulnerable residents.”
Source: Seattle P-I Reporter
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