If you are currently trying to choose a nursing home in Sarasota County, Manatee County or Charlotte County, Florida, you should know that the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) oversees nursing home facilities in this state and conducts onsite unannounced annual surveys and complaint investigations. Those nursing homes with a repeating history of problems relating to poor care are often named on Florida’s “Nursing Home Watch List.” As an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer who handles cases in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood and throughout Florida for nearly twenty years, I routinely review complaint and annual survey investigations of nursing homes in the area. I also prosecute cases of nursing home abuse and neglect on behalf of families and nursing home residents who have been harmed by large nursing home corporations – companies that frequently place their desire for maximum profits over the interests of our most vulnerable citizens.
I also am happy to take calls from people who are searching for a decent nursing home for the placement of a family member in Florida. Therefore, if you have questions or an issue with a nursing home, you may call me, James Keim, for a free consultation at (941) 216-5656.
Consulate Health Care of Sarasota Inspection for March 10, 2016
On March 7, 2016 through March 10, 2016, the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration conducted an unannounced investigation at Consulate Health Care of Sarasota, which is located at 4783 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida 34232. At that time, state investigators cited Consulate Health Care of Sarasota for failing to meet the guidelines set forth under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, as well as Florida’s Administrative Code. Those citations of deficiencies against Consulate Health Care of Sarasota included:
F 241 Failing to promote care that enhances resident dignity;
F 242 Failing to allow a resident to make choices for himself;
F 246 Failing to meet the individual needs of residents;
F 279 Failing to develop comprehensive care plans for a resident; and,
F 465 Failing to provide a safe, functional, sanitary and comfortable environment for residents.
On April 11, 2016, Consulate Health Care of Sarasota filed a ‘Plan of Correction” in which it stated first and foremost: “Preparation and submission of this plan of correction does not constitute an admission or agreement by the provider of the truth of the facts alleged or correctness of the conclusions set forth on the statement of deficiencies. The plan of correction is prepared solely because of the requirements under State and Federal Law.” Seriously? This is their first response? Does this sound like a nursing home that is focused on providing top quality resident care?
Nursing home facilities like Consulate Health Care of Sarasota are required to comply with the above provisions that are contained within the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 in exchange for receiving taxpayer money through Medicare and Medicaid.
So what does nursing home abuse and neglect look like? Nursing home abuse and neglect takes many different forms; however, it usually results from a few corporate officials recklessly failing to hire, train and employ enough nursing home staff to care for and meet the needs of their residents. Whenever a nursing home corporation, through its actions or inaction, places profits over the interests of the people it is responsible for protecting, and harm results, doing so constitutes nursing home abuse. Of course, our most vulnerable citizens should not be placed in such a great risk of harm. The result is often seen in the development of bedsores and other pressure injuries, malnutrition, dehydration, falls with fractures, mysterious deaths, bowel obstructions, and other serious harm.
Local nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer, James Keim, seeks to hold those nursing homes accountable for the serious harm they cause by failing to follow the law and neglecting and abusing the most frail and vulnerable citizens in Florida which they are obligated to protect. Remember to always decline, cross out and say “ no thanks” to arbitration clauses contained within nursing home admissions agreements.
Available for a Free Consultation in Sarasota / Lakewood Ranch. If you have questions about a Florida nursing home or wish to discuss a potential case of abuse and neglect with a Sarasota nursing home abuse lawyer who has evaluated and handled hundreds of claims, please feel free to call me, James Keim, Attorney at Law at (941) 216-5656. I always provide a free consultation and personally handle every case, and you will not be passed off to some middleman or junior level associate. All cases are handled on a contingency fee and cost basis. This means that you pay no fee or costs unless we obtain a settlement, award or verdict.
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