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Where are we sending our elders? Quality varies widely at Marin nursing homes

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San Rafael, CA - When Twila Petker died on March 29, 2004, medical examiners couldn't miss the ugly ulcer on her back.

"My mother had a ... sore on her back that was about 3 inches deep, 3 inches wide and went to the bone," said Steve Petker of Novato. "The coroner told me when I picked up the report that this was the worst case he'd ever seen."

The Marin County coroner determined that the massive infection that killed 74-year-old Twila Petker was caused by the ulcer. The wrongful death lawsuit that Petker and his sister later would file against Pleasant Care Corp. - the La Canada Flintridge-based owner of the Novato nursing home caring for his mother - alleged that she lost 75 pounds during the last six months of her stay there.

June 22, 2008

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