A third patient of Country Care Convalescent Hospital in Atascadero filed a lawsuit for abuse and neglect after she allegedly overdosed at the hospital because of employee error. The nursing home shut down in October after settling two previous lawsuits.
On Tuesday, Iris Schedler filed the lawsuit Country Care claiming dependent adult abuse and negligent hiring and supervision.
According to the lawsuit, Schedler was at the facility for care following an operation when she overdosed on Fentanyl. Even so, Country Care staff did not inform Schedler’s family or send her to a hospital before being sent to Bella Vista Transitional Care Center, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit alleges staff at Belle Vista discovered Schedler’s back and legs were covered with blood blisters.
In 2016, the families of two people who died following incidents at Country Care filed wrongful death suits, both of which Pacific Christian Senior Services, the owner of the facility, settled out of court.
Leo Paul Landry, who was suffering from dementia, fell several times while living at the facility and died after staffers injected him with morphine, according to a lawsuit.
Landry moved into the Country Care Convalescent Hospital for rehab and long-term care after he suffered a hip fracture. Instead of receiving the proper care, Landry suffered multiple injuries, which eventually led to his death, the suit said.
The family of Gabrielle Cohoon, who was at Country Care while recovering from a hip fracture, said employee neglect led to bed sores and other health issues. Two days before her death, Cohoon was transferred to a local hospital where she received treatment for a urinary tract infection, dehydration and malnutrition.
While Pacific Christian Senior Services, a nonprofit, shuttered Country Care in October, it still operates two facilities: the Atascadero Christian Community, an assisted and independent living facility, and the Bethesda House, a home for patients dementia,