Information is available to the public concerning the quality of care being delivered by local nursing homes in Sarasota, Venice and Englewood. As a nursing home abuse lawyer who handles cases in Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, Bradenton and throughout Florida, I routinely examine complaint and annual survey investigations of area nursing homes, including those conducted at Brookdale Palmer Ranch Skilled Nursing Facility. Of course, I also prosecute cases of nursing home abuse and neglect on behalf of families and their loved ones who have been harmed. I frequently receive calls from Florida citizens who are searching for a good nursing home for the placement of a loved one. If you are in the process of selecting a nursing home in Sarasota County, Manatee County or Charlotte County, Florida, you should be aware that the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration regulates nursing homes and conducts annual surveys and complaint investigations. Those nursing homes with a pattern of problems are often placed on the state’s “Nursing Home Watch List.”
On September 8 through September 11, 2015, the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration conducted an unannounced investigation at Brookdale Palmer Ranch Skilled Nursing Facility, which is located at 5111 Palmer Ranch Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34238. At that time, state investigators cited Brookdale Palmer Ranch Skilled Nursing Facility 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 Brookdale Palmer Ranch Skilled Nursing Facility included:
F 309 Failing to provide necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with comprehensive assessment and plan of care.
F 365 Failing to provide food prepared in a form to meet individual needs.
F371 Failing to store, prepare, distribute and serve food under sanitary conditions.
F441 Failing to establish and maintain an Infection Control Program designed to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development of and transmission of disease and infection.
F456 Failing to maintain all essential mechanical, electrical and patient care equipment in safe operating condition.
N 110 Failing to provide a safe, clean, comfortable and homelike environment, which allows the resident to use his or her personal belongings to the extent possible.
N 201 Failing to ensure that each resident receives adequate and appropriate healthcare.
N 407 Failing to provide a wholesome and nourishing diet sufficient to meet generally accepted standards of proper nutrition for its residents.
The complete survey investigation is available for review at www.floridahealthfinder.gov. Nursing home facilities like Brookdale Palmer Ranch Skilled Nursing Facility 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. 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 Consultation in Sarasota. If you have questions about a Florida nursing home or wish to discuss a potential case of abuse and neglect with a local nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer who has evaluated hundreds of claims, please feel free to call me, James Keim, Attorney at Law at (941) 485-7600. 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.