Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 22, 2013

Two estates file suits against Golden Age

By Kyle Ocker
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE —

Click here to view the two filings (PDF)

Two petitions have been filed in Polk County seeking damages for two former Golden Age residents following their deaths at the facility.

The Estate of Barbara Logsdon and the Estate of Freda King have both filed petitions seeking damages stemming from what they claim are wrongful deaths of Barbara Logsdon and Freda King due to the negligence of the Golden Age Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facility.

The Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities division, has already fined the nursing home for both deaths. The department fined the nursing home $8,000 for Logsdon's death in September. Golden Age received a $15,000 fine from the department for King's death in January.

Both petitions filed seek damages for pre-death pain and suffering, pre-death loss of full mind and body, pre-death medical expenses, a loss of the chance or opportunity to survive and present value of the interest on the premature burial expense incurred by the estate.

Both estates request a jury trial for the issues presented in their cases.

The Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation center have received numerous fines from the Department of Inspections and Appeals in the past few years, which have been chronicled in numerous reports in the Daily Iowegian.

Medicare's nursing home comparison section on their website at medicare.gov rates Golden Age at one star, out of a possible five. The facility is one of 44 nursing homes currently listed with a one star rating in the state of Iowa.

Thomas P. Slater is listed as the attorney for the estates in both cases. Hawkeye Care Center, Inc., named in both filings as the company that operates and manages Golden Age, is also listed as a defendant in both filings.

The estate of Logsdon filed their petition on Feb. 19 and the estate of King filed their petition on March 4.