Dying Californians suffer harm and neglect from an industry meant to comfort them

Nicolas Tuparan was eating breakfast at a Pasadena nursing home when he suddenly gasped for air.

“Your father choked on eggs and oatmeal,” a nurse with Vitas Hospice Services would later tell Tuparan’s daughter, according to his family’s lawsuit. “He was very demanding and keep on telling me: feed me, feed me! So I kept on feeding him.”

End-of-life care has boomed in California. So has fraud targeting older Americans

Martin Huff was 67 when he fell off his bicycle, banged up his knee and spent a couple of hours in a Riverside County emergency room before walking out under his own power.

Ten days later he was in hospice care, diagnosed as terminally ill by a small Covina provider of end-of-life services that said he was weak and wasting away, with six months or less to live.