Target: Emeritus CEO, Granger Cobb
Goal: Condemn Emeritus for neglecting deficiencies at one of its assisted living facilities and demand an immediate solution
Many baby boomers every year apply for assisted living to live out the remainder of their lives. Although they might not be as nimble as in their youthful years, those who choose assisted living want some semblance of independence. It has become a multi-million dollar industry and like any other business, it is sometimes vulnerable to neglectful behaviors at the expense of residents.
A prominent assisted living company let one of its many facilities go into disrepair. This facility is located in Emerald Hills, California. It had ignored multiple deficiencies outlined by the company’s audits of the facility, which included huge under staffing of nurses, problems with handling residents’ medications, and unqualified specialists that dealt with specific illnesses like dementia, which was supposedly Emeritus’ specialty. Despite multiple citations by state inspectors outlining the very same deficiencies, the facility was allowed to continue its operations without impunity.
This gross negligence resulted in the death of an elderly woman named Joan Boice suffering from an advanced stage of dementia. After her fall that landed her in the hospital, she returned to the facility where her health declined without anyone documenting it or seeking treatment for her. According to an interview by Frontline she had developed eight areas of skin damage including four ulcers, which doctors concluded ultimately led to her death. Because the facility was so understaffed, no one there was qualified to help treat her wounds. She wasn’t even bathed. The report also concluded that the ulcers developed and worsened solely due to neglect. There were other reported cases of residents, who are unable to control their bowel movements, that were left to soak in their own urine. This is shameful and reprehensible.
Former and current executives even admit that this negligence was due to the desire of maximizing profits and satisfying the investors at the cost of running their operations in a state of inadequacy. Sign this petition to condemn Emeritus for its unethical practices and seek an immediate ultimatum that requires solutions to deficiencies be implemented or close its doors.
Dear Mr. Cobb,
Profits shouldn’t come at the expense of cutting costs that may jeopardize the lives of your residents. The elderly are the most vulnerable and deserving of exceptional care. To willingly neglect them is simply disgusting and morally bankrupt. You have ignored your own internal auditors and state citations for years. It is insane that your doors are still open to the elderly.
How can the elderly feel safe in a facility with inadequately trained staff and a shortage of staff in general? For the sake of common decency, please take the initiative in restoring the facility back to adequate levels of operation.
[Your Name Here]
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