The State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) is charged with the responsibility of inspecting every Florida nursing home at least once every fifteen months and whenever it receives a complaint or report of a problem occurring at a facility. I focus on prosecuting cases of nursing home abuse and neglect against area nursing homes in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties and along the Florida Gulf Coast. If you have an issue with a nursing home, you may call me, James Keim, for a free consultation at (941) 216-5656.
An unannounced survey inspection was conducted in conjunction with a complaint investigation at Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by AHCA between February 15, 2016 and February 19, 2016. This 120 bed nursing home is located at 5157 Park Club Drive, Sarasota, Florida 34235. During 2015 alone, Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was fined a total of $13,500.00 by AHCA based on its failure to comply with the requirements of the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.
Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was also placed on the State of Florida’s Nursing Home Watch List on October 29, 2013 through April 29, 2016 and saw its operating license downgraded to “conditional status” for a period of time during 2014. During its most recent inspection conducted between February 15, 2016 and February 19, 2016, state investigators cited Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in violation of law for:
F 241 Failing to promote care for residents in a manner and in an environment that maintains or enhances each resident’s dignity;
F 253 Failing to provide housekeeping and maintenance services necessary to maintain a sanitary, orderly and comfortable interior;
F 280 Failing to permit residents or their family members to participate in planning care and treatment or changes in care and treatment;
F 281 Failing to provide services to residents that meet professional standards of quality;
F 309 Failing to provide each resident with necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care;
F 314 Failing to ensure that a resident who enters the facility without pressure sores does not develop pressure sores unless the individual’s clinical condition demonstrates that they were unavoidable; and that a resident having pressure sores receives necessary treatment and services to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new sores from developing;
F 356 Failing to post daily nurse staffing information;
F 431 Failing to ensure that drugs and biologicals were disposed of properly;
F 469 Failing to maintain an effective pest control program so that the facility is free of pests and rodents;
“On 2/16/2016 at 2:07 p.m., in Room 303A, a dead roach was observed on floor in the closet. The roach carcass was still on the floor in the closet on 2/18/2016. On 2/16/16 at 10:15 a.m., in room 308B, observed 2 dead roach type bugs; 1 on floor and 1 inside of bedside stand. The floor was cluttered with empty medication cups, sugar packets, a wood stick and other items. The room was found in the same condition on 2/18/2016. In the Siesta Dining Room, the daughter of a resident said she saw a live cockroach in her father’s room, Room 509B, the night before. On 2/18/2016 at 8:30 a.m., the resident council president said the facility had a problem with roaches. She said she had one crawling up her wall just last night. She said sometimes she could call maintenance and sometimes their voice mail was full and she can’t reach them.”
F 514 Failing to maintain clinical records on each resident in accordance with accepted professional standards and practices that are complete; accurately document, readily accessible; and, systematically organized;
N 054Failing to follow physician’s orders; and,
N 201 Failing to provide adequate and appropriate healthcare.
In response to this citation of deficiencies, Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was required to file a Plan of Correction. Based on AHCA’s visualized observations and findings, one would assume that this nursing home corporation would want to clean up its act for the health, safety and protection of its residents. However, the very first sentence of Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Plan of Corrections states: “Preparation and / or execution of this Plan of Correction does not constitute admission of agreement by the provider of the truth of the facts alleged or conclusion set forth in the Statement of Deficiencies. The POC is prepared and / or executed solely because it is required by the provision of Federal and State Laws.” Seriously? I guess the cockroach infestation was a figment of the imagination of those residents and the state investigators who reported seeing them. One should question whether this is a nursing home corporation that truly cares about its residents and the quality of care that they provide to them.
I would suggest that our seniors, many of whom fought for this country, deserve better.
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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