At the 47-bed Orinda Care Home skilled nursing facility 27 residents and 22 staff have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result 4 residents have been hospitalized and one has died. At a time when nursing homes are off-limits to resident family members, it’s more important than ever health and safety standards are followed. Whenever we place a loved one in a skilled nursing facility we expect the facility at adhere to all required health and safety standards. This story is what can happen when standards aren’t met.
Orinda Care has a lengthy record of health and safety violations according to state regulators. Dan Kramer is a spokesman for Orinda Care Center who went on the record to say “We believe these were unacceptable but isolated incidents and we’re doing everything we can to ensure they don’t happen again.” In 2019 the Orinda Center failed to meet sanitation protocols and proper staffing requirements among other violations state records show.
In August 2019 state health officials conducted a staffing audit and determined the Center didn’t meet minimum staffing levels on 16 of 24 days and failed to meet the minimum hours required for certified nursing assistants 10 out of 24 days. In July 2019 the dietary staff could not describe or demonstrate procedures to sanitize table or cookware and that failure left residents at risk for food borne illness. The kitchen had a required wash-rinse-sanitize procedure and a kitchen staff member said “I never had to use that” and the manager admitted the staff had never been trained. The report went on with numerous other health and safety violations.
The Orinda Care Facility is a skilled nursing facility and is required to meet some of the highest standards in the industry. Licensed by the state’s Department of Health Services, Skilled nursing care facilities have regulation and inspection requirements. Skilled nursing facilities provide care for patients who require intense skilled medical care. Patients remain under skilled nurses and doctors care who specialize in the care of the elderly. The Orinda Care Center LLC is owned by Crystal Solorzano and state health officials revoked her nursing home administrator license in May 2019 because she provided fraudulent college transcripts. Solozano was found unfit to operate facilities after a review found 97 federal regulatory violations above a certain level of severity and 46 state violations during a 3 year time period.
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