By Elly Yu and Aaron Mendelson
Published Apr 6, 2021
“California has, in a sense, rolled out the red carpet for bad providers,” Tony Chicotel, an attorney with California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, recently told LAist. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a bad provider in California. You can get in the building, you can be a squatter, and they can’t get you out.”
Residents of the former Keiro Nursing and Retirement Homes, now known as Sakura Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care, Sakura ICF, Kei-Ai Los Angeles and Kei-Ai South Bay, are not the ones facing unnecessary strife due to private ownership of the facilities. However, the issues are exacerbated due to a lack of sufficient bilingual and bi-cultural services within the larger healthcare system.