On January 9, 2012, Wildwood Canyon Villa and Executive Director Lynnette Alvarado were sued for elder abuse, negligence, and wrongful death of resident David Forbes.
According to court documents, Forbes died an excruciating and avoidable death due to elder abuse and neglect at Wildwood Canyon Villa in Yucaipa, CA. For two days, no urine drained from Forbes’ indwelling catheter into his urine bag. Forbes’ catheter was blocked, and urine backed up into his bladder. Upon arrival at the emergency room, 1800 cc (two quarts) of urine was removed from his bladder.
Forbes’ abdomen was so distended that he appeared nine months pregnant, said daughter Elizabeth Forbes-Hannibal. Not surprisingly, Forbes was in severe pain from his grossly distended bladder.
The urine drained from Forbes’ bladder was brown, said Elizabeth. During the time when Wildwood failed to provide catheter care, Wildwood also failed to provide fluids. The only water was four feet away from Forbes’ bed.
LVN Candace Hull opposed Elizabeth’s demand that her father be immediately transported to the emergency room. Elizabeth insisted, and Forbes was eventually taken to the hospital via a 911 call. Forbes died of urosepsis the following day.
Forbes’ debilitated condition was due to a broken hip from a fall suffered at Wildwood, according to court records. The fall was Mr. Forbes’ fifth since becoming a resident at Wildwood, said Elizabeth. She considers those falls the result of habitual neglect by Wildwood staff.
Wildwood Executive Director Lynnette Alvarado expressed her condolences to Elizabeth by doubling the fee on the room occupied by Forbes’ widow, according to Elizabeth.
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Wildwood Canyon Villa Sued for Wrongful Death of David Forbes