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Man dies from 'food-related' reaction at Walnut Creek senior living facility

Original post made on Sep 6, 2022

A 94-year-old man living at an Atria Senior Living facility in Walnut Creek died after a food-related reaction -- the second case in the past week where a resident died after ingesting something at an Atria facility in the Bay Area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 5, 2022, 3:44 PM

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Posted by Penny Drake
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2022 at 4:34 pm

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"The death comes after Atria said that its staff at the Atria Park of San Mateo facility mistakenly served dishwashing liquid as juice last Saturday morning, resulting in the death of 93-year-old Trudy Maxwell and hospitalization of two other residents of the facility."

^ How could such an oversight occur beginning at first in the kitchen and then during food service?


Posted by Gary Ulrich
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Sep 7, 2022 at 7:01 am

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"The staff members involved in the facility have been suspended while the investigation is pending, according to Atria."

Malicious mischief on the part of the staff or a murder investigation?


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Sep 7, 2022 at 7:49 pm

Jennifer is a registered user.

I have a hard time understanding how this could happen too. Let the investigation play out. How scary for all of us.


Posted by Jennifer Gerhardt/RN
a resident of Danville
on Sep 8, 2022 at 8:29 am

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How does one 'mistakenly' serve dish detergent in lieu of actual fruit juice?

Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities need to be more closely monitored to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.


Posted by Wyatt Cross
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Sep 8, 2022 at 12:25 pm

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Working at an assisted care facility requires a lot of patience and compassion. Some employees have those attributes while others don't.

It is a low-paying, oftentimes thankless job and caring workers are often hard to find.

I would never want to spend my remaining years in one of these places.


Posted by Bob Taylor
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Sep 9, 2022 at 11:04 am

Bob Taylor is a registered user.

My directives are to live and die in my home with the assistance of a caregiver if necessary. This is written in my POA to prevent my kids from placing me under a conservatorship and tossing me into one of those assisted care places.


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