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.
According to reports, the veteran had been dead for at least four days before he was discovered.
What are the details?
A VA social worker who visited the assisted living home made the grisly finding.
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.
Further aspects of the investigation revealed that the home was also in disrepair.
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.”
The outlet reported that the investigation was initiated by the U.S. special counsel based on whistleblower complaints.
VA authorities said that the VA’s Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System was largely at fault for the concerning conditions, but individual program administrators shared the blame for not reporting concerns to upper management, according to the Times.
The state’s social services department threatened to revoke the facility’s license back in 2017 after allegations of repeated assaults between residents. Health violations were also prevalent: The Times reported that “staff did not adequately clean feces from the furniture” at the facility, either.
The Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System reportedly had the facility on an approved list and even assisted in placing veterans within the home. The system suspended referrals during the 2018 investigation and relocated most clients out of the home.