Nursing home abuse and neglect takes many forms; however, it usually results from a few corporate decision-makers recklessly and knowingly failing to hire, train and employ sufficient nursing staff to care for residents. When a nursing home corporation places profits over people, and harm results, doing so constitutes nursing home abuse. Our most vulnerable citizens should not be placed in such a great risk of harm.
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 take calls from Florida citizens who are searching for a decent nursing home for the placement of a family member. If you are in the process of choosing 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 August 3 through August 7, 2015, the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration conducted an unannounced investigation at Sarasota Point Rehabilitation Center, which is located at 2600 Courtland Street, Sarasota, Florida 34237. At that time, state investigators cited Sarasota Point 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 Sarasota Point Rehabilitation Center included:
F 241 Failing to provide care in a manner and in an environment that maintains and enhances each resident’s dignity and respect and full recognition of his or her individuality.
F 242 Failing to the residents right to make choices.
F 253 Failing to provide housekeeping and maintenance services necessary to maintain a sanitary, orderly and comfortable interior.
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 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.
F353 Failing to have sufficient nursing staff to provide nursing and related services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident, as determined by resident assessments and individual plans of care.
F 364 Failing to provide food to residents prepared by methods that conserve nutritive value, flavor and appearance, and food that is palatable, attractive and at the proper temperature.
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 and transmission of disease and infection.
N 063 Failing to have sufficient nursing staff to provide nursing and related services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident, as determined by resident assessments and individual plans of care.
The complete survey investigation is available for review at www.floridahealthfinder.gov. Nursing home facilities like Sarasota Point 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.
Available for A Free 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 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) 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.