Palmer v. Elderhearth

Dorothy Palmer, Lesley’s great-aunt, was physically abused in a residential care facility specializing in dementia care. The facility owner altered Dorothy’s records to make Dorothy appear combative, when she had been badly beaten by a facility employee with a record of abuse. Dorothy was placed outdoors to make it appear as if she had been mugged. Lesley successfully tried the case in Marin County and then pressed on and assisted the Department of Social Services in an action against the owner defendant. Ultimately, the owner’s license to operate a residential care facility was revoked for life and the owner could never have any financial interest in any residential care facility or day care center.

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