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December 2, 2000
Tim Willert MONTROSE -- Dozens of caregivers at a Honolulu Avenue nursing home who say they are overworked and underpaid have decided to do something about it. More than 70 certified nurse's assistants, housekeepers and maintenance and dietary workers at Verdugo Valley Convalescent Hospital voted this week to form a union with Service Employees International Local No. 399. Verdugo Valley workers are seeking...
NEWS
November 5, 1999
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- When an 81-year-old woman was found dead on the roof of a Los Feliz Road nursing home in July, it was not the first time the owners of the facility had faced questions surrounding the death of a patient. The owner of the nursing home, CIG Oxnard of Oxnard, settled a $2.2 million wrongful death lawsuit Sept. 3 with the family of a woman who allegedly choked on her own vomit at Channel Islands Gardens, an Oxnard convalescent facility.
NEWS
March 2, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- Glendale Police searching the apartment of a former nursing home receptionist suspected of opening residents' mail say they recovered a $50,000 ring. The 22-year-old woman, who has not been arrested, signed for a package containing a 3-carat diamond ring valued at $50,000 but told its owner the package never arrived, Sgt. Ernie Garcia said. The investigation is ongoing, he added. Police recovered the ring during a search of her Monterey Park apartment, and the owner -- an 87-year-old woman living at the South Glendale nursing home -- identified it on Friday, Garcia said.
THE818NOW
February 23, 2012
State regulators have fined the Motion Picture & Television Fund $80,000 for failing to prevent the death of a patient at its nursing home. An investigation by the California Department of Public Health found that the skilled nursing facility "failed to ensure an environment free of accident hazards with adequate supervision, leading to the death of a patient," according to a statement released by the agency Wednesday. The investigation stemmed from the October 2010 fatality of Carrie Delay, a 90-year-old resident of the Motion Picture & Television Fund's nursing home who died after falling down a stairwell at the Woodland Hills facility.
NEWS
December 23, 2000
Alison Sanders, daughter of Robin and Steven Sanders of La Canada Flintridge, recently received the Academic Achievement Award with high honors in the Golden State Exam in first-year algebra competition this spring. Sanders placed in the top 6% of all students who competed in the statewide competition. The competition was based on a multiple-choice and written response examination given to first-year high school algebra students. Erin Chandler Russell, daughter of Thomas O. and Julie Jones Russell of La Crescenta, was recently inducted into Phi Eta Sigma national honor society at Washington and Lee University.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | December 24, 2010
SOUTH GLENDALE — Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich on Thursday unveiled a new nursing home grading system at a gathering inside Windsor Manor in Glendale. Effective in January, a new state law will require senior facilities across the state to post the nursing home grading report issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in plain sight. While all nursing homes must meet state and federal licensing guidelines, the five-star quality rating system grades the level of service provided by the facility — one star for "much below average" to five stars for "much above average.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nancy Turney | August 17, 2011
Q. My mom is in a nursing home and I visit her three times a week after work. My sister visits also. What should we be aware of? You want to have a good relationship with the nurses and treat them with the respect they deserve, but you still need to be your mom's advocate, especially if she can't speak for herself. You should trust, but also verify, that she is getting good care. You cannot immediately assume everyone is going to be terrible, but you cannot immediately assume that you are going to get the best care the system has to offer, either.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | February 24, 2007
Kay Hodges' family has grown by 228 people in six years, largely due to the hour and a half she spends each week writing a letter. Every week that letter is mailed out to 228 senior citizens across the country who either have no family of their own or receive scant attention from the relatives they do have, Hodges said. "One day, we're all going to be in that position where we hope somebody remembers us and that keeps me going," she said. The letters ? sorted and sent through a nonprofit organization she and her husband, Fred, started in 2001 called Letters From Home ?
NEWS
June 4, 2012
I met Hillary in a coffee shop. Wide-eyed and tired from her long walk, she plopped down on the couch next to me and in one animated declaration about how hot it was outside, started a conversation with me that lasted over half an hour. We talked about everything: life back on the East Coast, the time she had spent in England, how taxing it was to ship her car across the country, the admirable honesty of young children, her take on all the movies she had seen in a bid to cure some boredom and the pains of navigating L.A.'s public transportation network.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | February 28, 2007
GLENDALE — A Long Beach-based law firm has settled a class-action suit with the management of a nursing home with facilities in Burbank and Glendale. The suit alleged the company provided its patients with substandard care. Attorney Stephen Garcia, whose firm the Garcia Law Firm filed the suit against Longwood management Corp., would not discuss the details of the settlement. The settlement was confirmed by a source in Garcia's law office. The source said that the settlement's terms are confidential.
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June 4, 2012
I met Hillary in a coffee shop. Wide-eyed and tired from her long walk, she plopped down on the couch next to me and in one animated declaration about how hot it was outside, started a conversation with me that lasted over half an hour. We talked about everything: life back on the East Coast, the time she had spent in England, how taxing it was to ship her car across the country, the admirable honesty of young children, her take on all the movies she had seen in a bid to cure some boredom and the pains of navigating L.A.'s public transportation network.
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THE818NOW
February 23, 2012
State regulators have fined the Motion Picture & Television Fund $80,000 for failing to prevent the death of a patient at its nursing home. An investigation by the California Department of Public Health found that the skilled nursing facility "failed to ensure an environment free of accident hazards with adequate supervision, leading to the death of a patient," according to a statement released by the agency Wednesday. The investigation stemmed from the October 2010 fatality of Carrie Delay, a 90-year-old resident of the Motion Picture & Television Fund's nursing home who died after falling down a stairwell at the Woodland Hills facility.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nancy Turney | August 17, 2011
Q. My mom is in a nursing home and I visit her three times a week after work. My sister visits also. What should we be aware of? You want to have a good relationship with the nurses and treat them with the respect they deserve, but you still need to be your mom's advocate, especially if she can't speak for herself. You should trust, but also verify, that she is getting good care. You cannot immediately assume everyone is going to be terrible, but you cannot immediately assume that you are going to get the best care the system has to offer, either.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | December 24, 2010
SOUTH GLENDALE — Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich on Thursday unveiled a new nursing home grading system at a gathering inside Windsor Manor in Glendale. Effective in January, a new state law will require senior facilities across the state to post the nursing home grading report issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in plain sight. While all nursing homes must meet state and federal licensing guidelines, the five-star quality rating system grades the level of service provided by the facility — one star for "much below average" to five stars for "much above average.
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | November 22, 2007
GLENDALE — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a resolution directing the county Department of Public Health to study the feasibility of creating a grading system for county nursing homes and convalescent hospitals. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who introduced the measure, likened the idea to the county’s existing grading system for restaurants, which also resulted from an Antonovich initiative in 1997. That system is responsible for the blue A, B or C signs posted in restaurant windows to give the public an idea of the cleanliness and safety of the establishment.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | April 13, 2007
Pleasant Care Corp., a La Cañada-based company, filed for bankruptcy late last month in the midst of elder abuse and wrongful death allegations related to its operations. Pleasant Care CEO Emmanuel I. Bernabe owns or has interest in more than 30 nursing homes throughout California. Numerous attempts to contact him for this article were unsuccessful. The company has a history of lawsuits and fines against a number of its facilities. A year ago the company pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of elder abuse and agreed to pay $1.35 million to the state to resolve a suit that alleged negligent care.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | February 28, 2007
GLENDALE — A Long Beach-based law firm has settled a class-action suit with the management of a nursing home with facilities in Burbank and Glendale. The suit alleged the company provided its patients with substandard care. Attorney Stephen Garcia, whose firm the Garcia Law Firm filed the suit against Longwood management Corp., would not discuss the details of the settlement. The settlement was confirmed by a source in Garcia's law office. The source said that the settlement's terms are confidential.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | February 24, 2007
Kay Hodges' family has grown by 228 people in six years, largely due to the hour and a half she spends each week writing a letter. Every week that letter is mailed out to 228 senior citizens across the country who either have no family of their own or receive scant attention from the relatives they do have, Hodges said. "One day, we're all going to be in that position where we hope somebody remembers us and that keeps me going," she said. The letters ? sorted and sent through a nonprofit organization she and her husband, Fred, started in 2001 called Letters From Home ?
LOCAL
By Tania Chatila | March 10, 2006
LA CA—ADA FLINTRIDGE ? A judge ordered La Cañada Flintridge-based nursing home operator Pleasant Care Corp. Wednesday to pay $1 million in fines and improve the quality of care at its facilities, officials said. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura Matz approved a settlement agreement between Pleasant Care Corp. and Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse ? which filed and settled a civil suit on Wednesday. The suit stemmed from allegations of elder abuse and criminally negligent care at Pleasant Care's facilities, including a nursing home in Glendale, said Nathan Barankin, spokesman for the attorney general's office.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law late Thursday that proposes significant reform to the state's system of funding nursing homes. The Nursing Home Quality Care Act, proposed by Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer (D-Glendale), aims to improve care at nursing homes by tying funding to staffing levels and resident services. Currently, nursing homes receive a flat fee for each Medi-Cal resident regardless of the patient's needs. Some nursing home advocates and the AARP opposed the bill, arguing that the Department of Health Services doesn't have a plan to measure improvements to resident services.
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