SACRAMENTO, CA - The operator of a Sacramento residential care home for the elderly was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse in the death of an 88-year-old woman in her care.
Law enforcement served an arrest warrant on 52-year-old Silvia Cata Monday evening. She is the administrator and caretaker at Super Care Home on Bowman Avenue.
According to an affidavit from state Attorney General's Office filed with Sacramento Superior Court, Cata cared for Georgia Holzmeister, who was diagnosed with dementia, for five years until her death in June, 2012. Holzmeister was brought to Sutter General Hospital's emergency room on June 19, 2012, with a deep, infected pressure wound on her tailbone. Doctors also diagnosed her with sepsis, a toxic infection likely brought about by the pressure wound. Holzmeister was unconscious and after being discharged from the hospital the next day, was moved to a skilled nursing facility for comfort care. She died June 23, 2012.
The emergency room doctor who treated Holzmeister hospital said in the affidavit the pressure wound would have developed over weeks and was one of the worse he had ever seen.
Dr. Kathryn Lacotell, an expert in elder home nursing care and geriatric medicine reviewed the medical records of Holzmeister and determined the infected pressure sore (leading to sepsis) was the underlying cause of her death and "would not have died when she did except for the severity of these conditions."
In the affidavit, Cata claims she first saw two quarter-sized, blister-like pressure sores on Holzmeister's backside two days before she was taken to the hospital. She said Holzmeister never complained of pain to her.
The California Department of Social Services temporarily suspended the operating license of Super Home Care on Tuesday.
Cata is in custody at Sacramento County Jail. Her bail was set at $300,000.