Claude Rogers was neglected at MEADOW OAKS in a constellation of patient care areas, including hygiene and inadequate monitoring of his physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. This complete neglect led to a variety of harm to Claude at MEADOW OAKS where he was unkept, unmonitored, and recklessly neglected. On multiple occasions family members found Claude unattended in his wheelchair on the patio where he was left for long periods of time, without assistance, and would become groggy and difficult to understand. Claude could not push himself in his wheelchair, and certainly could not push himself and open the door either to exit or enter the facility by himself. Family members, on multiple occasions, instructed the facility not to leave him outside unattended.
On June 30, 2018 temperatures reached 103 degrees. MEADOW OAKS staff pushed Claude out onto the patio and left him there for literally hours, forgetting about him altogether. Hours later when a staff member found him, he was unresponsive. Staff called 911 and Claude was transported to Sutter Roseville Hospital where he was diagnosed with severe heat stroke. His internal body temperature was 103.4, he was dehydrated, and had multiple areas of redness and blister burns on his skin. He responded to no stimuli except pain stimuli and was unable to swallow. Sutter doctors and staff were so appalled at Claude’s condition that they reported his abuse to Adult Protective Services, Department of Social Services and the Ombudsman. Doctors indicated to the Rogers family that Claude would not recover, and recommended hospice care to ease his obvious physical and mental suffering. He died on July 14, 2018. His cause of death: heat stroke – prolonged exposure to sun and heat.