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Nursing Home Tried To Take Retirement Funds, Lawsuit Says

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Marsha “Aleah” Davis filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that a Seal Beach nursing home forcibly restrained her through the use of psychotropic drugs, and tried to take control of her retirement funds.

State investigators discovered that Davis was improperly medicated during her time at Country Villa, a Los Angeles-based nursing home. The home submitted a corrective plan, and according to the Department of Public Health, will not be fined or cited.

The lawsuit says that Davis collapsed in her home in November, 2010, and was hospitalized for 10 days. After which, she was transferred to Country Villa where she was medicated to the point of disorientation.

The lawsuit claims that Country Villa said Davis suffered from ‘cognitive impairment’ and attempted to collect her Social Security payments. Davis had no immediate family to act on her behalf, though a friend did intervene. Davis was taken off the medication and transferred to a nursing home in Fountain Valley.

The report by state investigators said that state codes forbid using psychotherapeutic drugs for staff convenience or patient discipline, though Davis was given Haldol, an antipsychotic used in the treatment of schizophrenia, as a treatment for anxiety. The report also found that though a doctor discontinued a drug for dementia, the staff continued to medicate her with it.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, the OC Register reports. disclaimer: This article: Nursing Home Tried To Take Retirement Funds, Lawsuit Says was posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 6:48 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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