By The Blaze. The Department of Veterans Affairs has removed all veterans from an assisted living home in Van Nuys, California, after authorities discovered a dead veteran inside the building. . .
The Los Angeles Times reported that the deceased veteran’s body wasn’t even the only incident that had taken place at the California Villa home.
A 100-year-old veteran reportedly did not receive antibiotics for sepsis, a deadly infection, because Medicare did not cover the necessary drugs. The veteran was hospitalized twice in connection with the incident.
Another veteran at the facility was reportedly overdosed in error, and a third patient was charged $5 because he preferred to take his meals in his private room. . .
Special counsel Henry J. Kerner expressed his disgust at the conditions, writing in a letter to the White House on Thursday, “I am shocked that such lax oversight of facilities providing critical care for vulnerable veterans ever occurred.” (Read more from “Veteran in Assisted Living Home Was Dead for 4 Days Without Anyone Realizing” HERE)
VA Cuts off Van Nuys Assisted Living Home That Reported Visit to Veteran Who Had Died
By Los Angeles Times. Federal officials pulled veterans from a Van Nuys assisted living home after finding that the facility had reported a social worker visiting a veteran who had been dead for four days, according to a report released Thursday. . .
Authorities from Washington, D.C., blamed the VA’s Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for failing to investigate and address “serious residential care concerns” at the facility, but added that program administrators had not reported the problems to upper management.
The healthcare system had California Villa on an approved list, and helped place veterans there, but suspended referrals and relocated most of their clients during the investigation in 2018.
The investigation was initiated by the U.S. Special Counsel based on whistleblower complaints. . .
The California Department of Social Services had sought to revoke California Villa’s license after finding that the facility in 2017 had not addressed serious safety issues stemming from a resident’s repeated assaults on other residents, which resulted in at least one hospitalization, state records show. (Read more from “VA Cuts off Van Nuys Assisted Living Home That Reported Visit to Veteran Who Had Died” HERE)