When nursing home corporations violate the law and understaff their facilities, serious consequences and harm can result. Bed sores, infections, fractured bones, significant weight loss, dehydration and unexplained deaths are all potential signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Nursing home residents have a right to receive better care and treatment than what is often provided.
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. 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 involved in choosing a nursing home in Sarasota County, Manatee County or Charlotte County, Florida, you should know 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 6, 2015, the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration conducted an unannounced investigation at Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Sarasota, which is located at 5381 Desoto Road, Sarasota, Florida 34235. At that time, state investigators cited Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Sarasota 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 Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Sarasota included:
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.
N 062 Failing to have a designated licensed nurse to serve as charge nurse on the 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift.
The complete survey investigation is available for review at www.floridahealthfinder.gov. Nursing home facilities like Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Sarasota 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. Sarasota 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 elder 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.