A retired Marine died of heatstroke after caretakers left him in the sun in a wheelchair, lawsuit says
Gene Rogers lived a large life before dementia began to chip away at it.
A former Marine who signed up at 17 and fought in Korea, Rogers went on to become a stock car racer, earned an electronics degree and spent more than three decades working for AT&T as he and his wife, Kathryn, raised three boys during their 60-year marriage.
He spent his retirement in Carlsbad, living near Camp Pendleton where he started in the Marine Corps and where his passion for golf took him to a course nearly every day.
Then, he got sick.
Faced with the reality that 81-year-old Kathryn couldn’t care for him alone, the family sold the Carlsbad home, banked the proceeds and found a pleasant, $5,540-a-month assisted living facility where Rogers could receive around-the-clock care in a secure environment.
On Dec. 30, 2017, Rogers went to live at Meadow Oaks of Roseville, a tan stucco facility along Linda Creek that touts itself as offering “well-being and a positive, active lifestyle.”
Six months later, the 83-year-old Rogers was dead from heat stroke after allegedly being left alone on a patio in his wheelchair, then forgotten about for hours outside as the summer heat built. State licensing officials investigated the death and in October, announced their fine: $1,000.
But the Rogers family is far from satisfied with the results of the state’s investigation, which they said has left them with numerous questions about what happened to Gene Rogers.
“It was June the 30th, the hottest day of the year so far,” his son Jeff said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee. “We got a call late in the day and they said, ‘Hey, your father’s being taken to the hospital to get checked out.’ They weren’t specific about what happened. They just said, ‘We’re hoping to have …read more
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