Sunset Lake Village complaints lodged by Florida investigators against Venice assisted living facility during surprise inspection in 2017
Sunset Lake Village complaints lawsuit violations of law were all asserted against this Venice assisted living facility during 2017 by investigators and private citizens. Sunset Lake Village is a for-profit assisted living facility located at 1121 Jacaranda Boulevard, Venice, Florida 34292. This ALF operates with 110 beds. Sunset Lake Village assisted living facility is owned or operated under the trade name Holiday Retirement. Holiday Retirement is a company that operates a chain of assisted living facilities, many of which are located in Florida.
Sunset Lake Village complaint lawsuit alleges resident right violations and negligence against Venice assisted living facility
Venice assisted living facility Sunset Lake Village was sued during 2017. The lawsuit complaint also named a former administrator as a defendant. Sunset Lake Village is alleged to have negligently failed to provide a resident with adequate and appropriate supervision. According to the complaint, the resident fell a number of different times leading up to the fall that caused a major injury. The lawsuit seeks damages for the alleged negligence of Sunset Lake Village.
Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration investigators say they observed violations of law related to patient care at Sunset Lake Village in Venice Florida
A surprise inspection was performed at Sunset Lake Village assisted living facility in Venice, Florida during March, 2017. Investigators with the Agency for Healthcare Administration reviewed resident records, made observations of the surroundings and interviewed numerous staff members at Sunset Lake Village. All assisted living facilities in Florida are required to meet staffing standards and requirements under Florida Administrative Code section 58A. These state staffing standards include a requirement that all ALF staff be tested annually to ensure that they do not possess any communicable diseases that could be transmitted to the elderly population of residents at the assisted living facility. Another requirement is that administration must maintain documentation in each employee’s file that reflects such testing was done and that the faiclity worker is free of communicable diseases. Investigators reviewed a sample of three (3) employee files at Sunset Lake Village and found that one out of the three files failed to contain this necessary information. Sunset Lake Village was cited in violation of law and issued a Class III deficiency. Many people incorrectly assume that licensed or registered nurses handle and assist residents of Florida assisted living facilities with their medications. The truth is that “medication technicians” routinely perform this task at Sunset Lake Village and other assisted living facilities throughout Florida. “Med Techs” are usually aids who have attended a 4-hour medication training and receive 2 hours of continuing education on an annual basis. Many of these aids do not have a college degree and speak English as a second language. Sunset Lake Village assisted living facility was also cited for a Class III deficiency for failing to “ensure staff who provide assistance with self-administered medications obtain annually a minimum of 2 hours of continuing education training on providing assistance with self-administered medications and safe medication practices in an assisted living facility.” In a review of three personnel files, state investigators concluded that one out of three staff members had not attended the 2-hour continuing education training on providing assistance with self-administered medications.
The complete investigation report prepared for this survey inspection by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration may be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/ybcdjk5n
As a Florida assisted living facility abuse and neglect lawyer, I encounter numerous problems arising in ALFs that frequently cause serious harm and death. Insufficient numbers of staff and a lack of resident supervision can lead to falls, fractures, other serious health complications. In the worst cases, such incidents result in death. It surprises some to learn that the leading cause of death in this country for persons 65 years of age and older is falling. Medication errors are another serious cause for concern. If you are in the process of admitting a loved one to an assisted living facility and have these concerns, do not hesitate to address them at the time of admission with the facility resident care coordinator or administrator. Be sure that your loved one is assessed regularly by a physician and immediately after there is any perceived change in the resident’s health, behavior or physical or cognitive status. Such changes, if allowed to go undetected, could lead to medication errors or the failure to receive medications altogether.
Latest Sunset Lake Village complaint documented on November 7, 2017 at this Venice assisted living facility
A recent complaint was filed against Venice assisted living facility Sunset Lake Village on November 7, 2017. As of the writing of this post, no violations of law have been cited against Sunset Lake Village. It is uncertain as to whether the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration has completed its investigation in connection with this complaint against the ALF. Additional details regarding this complaint are unavailable at this time. Venice Law Firm of Attorney James Keim, P.A. continues to monitor Sunset Lake Village complaints lawsuit violations and those of other local assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
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Venice assisted living abuse lawyer James Keim handles cases on a contingency fee and cost basis. This means that you pay no fees or costs out of pocket to pursue the case. Any fees and costs are simply deducted out of the recovery, if and when a recovery is made. If you have questions of concerns about Sunset Lake Village complaints lawsuit violations, or another Florida asissted living facility, feel free to call. Venice Law Firm of Attorney James Keim, P.A. focuses its practice on handling cases of assisted living facility abuse and neglect in Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton, Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and surrounding Florida communities. If you are searching for an experienced assisted living abuse lawyer to evaluate your potential case, please feel free to call Jim toll free at (844) 485-7600 or (941) 485-7600.