California nursing homes face class-action lawsuits due to understaffing

Two Marin nursing homes in San Rafael and Novato are among 15 statewide that have been hit by class action lawsuits alleging that their owner systematically understaffed them to increase his profits.

“The elderly and infirm are one of the most important and yet vulnerable segments of our society,” said Stephen Garcia, one of the attorneys representing the complainants. “To knowingly understaff these facilities in violation of promised resident rights so as to unlawfully maximize profit, victimizes our important resource of elders and needs to end.”

According to the Marin Independent Journal, the Marin skilled nursing sites included in the suit are the 181-bed Novato Healthcare Center, the county’s largest nursing home, and San Rafael Healthcare and Wellness Center, which has 54 beds.

The suits allege that the owner of the centers concealed the fact that the sites were not adequately staffed to meet the needs of its residents during the admission process in violation of the state Patients’ Bill of Rights.

The suits, which were filed in Marin Superior Court and other California courts this month, name Shlomo Rechnitz and a number of other entities — Brius Management, ASRU, Rockport Administrative Services, Novato Healthcare Center and San Rafael Wellness — as defendants.

However, all of the entities named in the suits are effectively controlled by Rechnitz, according to the two law firms that filed the suits — Garcia, Artigliere & Medby and the Arns Law Firm.

Read the full story at the Marin Independent Journal.

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