2 communities face wrongful death accusations

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Two communities on opposite sides of the country are in the spotlight for facing wrongful death lawsuits associated with residents who had been in their care.

The family of the late Susan Pedro filed a lawsuit Jan. 21 against Oceanside Hawaii, an assisted living and memory care community in Hauula, claiming that neglect there led to pressure ulcers, sepsis, kidney failure and death when Pedro was 65 years old, according to Hawaii News Now.

“They left her in her wheelchair, around the clock, for an unknown period of time to soak, just soaked and soiled in her feces and urine,” attorney Anthony Carr told the media outlet.

Oceanside Hawaii is a Living Care Lifestyles community. Denis Bryant, president of Seattle-based Living Care Lifestyles, told McKnight's Senior Living that the company disagrees with the charges made in the lawsuit. “The resident was a complex medical case and refused treatment or care regularly, which is a resident right,” he said. “We are saddened by Susan's passing and hope the family can heal quickly.”

Meanwhile, in Midland Meadows Senior Living in Ona, WV, is being sued by the estate of a deceased resident, which claims that the community's negligence caused her death. The lawsuit was filed Dec. 15 and seeks a jury trial, the West Virginia Record reported Jan. 22.

The late Rebecca Holland, according to the lawsuit, sustained several slips and falls while living at the independent living, assisted living and memory care community. A fall in December 2013 reportedly led to a subdural hematoma, and she subsequently died.

McKnight's Senior Living contacted Midland Meadows for comment but did not receive a response.

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