Not enough medically trained individuals around...BD

Before going to sleep on Aug. 31, 2006, a 72-year-old woman living at Oceanside Home Care in Los Osos was fed some macaroni salad and corn bread.

The next morning staff at the six-bed residential care home found her lying unconscious on the bedroom floor. Paramedics took her to the hospital after diagnosing a diabetic coma—her second in three weeks.

The woman, whose identify was not released by state investigators, never regained consciousness and died in the hospital seven days later.

State licensing officers inspect the facilities once every five years unless they receive a complaint like they did from the Long Term Care Ombudsman following the diabetic woman’s death at Oceanside.


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