Who is responsible for keeping an eye on the quality of care being delivered by local nursing homes in Venice, Sarasota 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. 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 April 13 through April 16, 2015, the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration conducted an unannounced investigation at Englewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, which is located at 1111 Drury Lane, Englewood, FL 34224. At that time, state investigators cited Englewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center 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 Englewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center included:
F 279 Failing to use the results of assessments to develop, review and revise the resident’s comprehensive plan of care.
F 280 Failing to permit residents to participate in the care planning process.
F 282 Failing to ensure that services provided or arranged by the facility are provided by qualified persons in accordance with each resident’s written plan of care.
F 315 Failing to ensure that a resident who enters the facility without an indwelling catheter is not catheterized unless the resident’s clinical condition demonstrates that it was necessary.
F 318 Failing to ensure that residents with limited range of motion receive appropriate treatment and services to increase range of motion and / or to prevent further decrease in range of motion.
F 323 Failing to ensure that the resident environment remains free of accident hazards as is possible, and that each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.
F 329 Failing to ensure that each resident’s drug regimen is free of unnecessary drugs.
N 072 Failing to develop a comprehensive plan of care for each resident.
N 201 Failing to ensure that each resident receives adequate and appropriate healthcare.
The complete survey investigation is available for review at www.floridahealthfinder.gov. Nursing home facilities like Englewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center 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 Venice 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.
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.