Nursing home sued for nearly $1 million in resident's death

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An Oregon nursing home is being sued for nearly $1 million by the family of a former resident who says the facility's “reckless” care resulted in the man's death last year.

The lawsuit, filed last Thursday by the daughter of resident Ruben Fast, alleges that staff at Regency Florence in Florence, OR, failed to address signs of malnutrition and dehydration that led to Fast's death. He moved into the facility in October 2014, and died the following spring.

Fast's daughter said the facility's staff did not properly monitor her father's vital signs, were not adequately trained to recognize the signs of dehydration and malnutrition, and did not transfer him to a hospital quickly.

Regency's lapses in case were “reckless, abuse and violated ordinary standards of expected behavior,” the family alleges, according to the Register-Guard.

A spokeswoman for the Bellevue, WA-based Regency Pacific, which operates Regency Florence, declined to comment on the lawsuit to McKnight's. Regency Pacific operates 40 long-term care and assisted living facilities in Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii and Idaho.

The family is seeking $950,000 in pain and suffering, $30,000 for medical costs, and $1,265 for funeral expenses.