Aurora, CO Nursing Home Ratings

Overall Rating of 86 Nursing Homes
    Rating: 5 out of 5 (36) Much above average
    Rating: 4 out of 5 (26) Above average
    Rating: 3 out of 5 (4) Average
    Rating: 2 out of 5 (17) Below average
    Rating: 1 out of 5 (3) Much below average
August 2018

Aurora Colorado Nursing Home Abuse AttorneyOur Aurora nursing home abuse attorneys are witnessing a significant increase in nursing home abuse civil and criminal cases throughout the Denver Metropolitan area. Unfortunately, many cases of neglect, mistreatment and abuse are never reported at all because the victims are fearful of reprisal or not sure how to stop the inappropriate behavior of their caregivers or other residents in the nursing home.

Medicare releases publicly available data throughout the year on all nursing facilities in Aurora, Colorado based on information gathered through surveys, inspections, and investigations. Currently, the national database reveals that twenty (23%) of the eighty-six Aurora nursing facilities were identified as having serious deficiencies and violations that led to residents receiving substandard care. Did your loved one suffer harm through mistreatment, neglect or abuse while living in a nursing facility in Aurora? If so, let our legal team protect your rights today. We urge you to contact the Aurora nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) to schedule a free case review. We can explain your legal options for filing a lawsuit for compensation

Nearly 30,000 of the more than 340,000 residents living within the Aurora city limits are senior citizens 65 years and older. That number rises substantially if surrounding communities include Centennial, Cottonwood, Dove Valley, Glendale, Watkins and Bennett. Many elders have chosen the area for their retirement years because of their award-winning golf courses, historical sites, and special events.

Unfortunately, the increasing numbers of seniors in the community have caused an unforeseeable burden on many of the nursing facilities in the area that must keep up with the demand of providing skilled nursing care to the aging population. The overcrowded conditions and understaffing has caused many problems including the rise of cases that involve mistreatment, neglect and abuse to some of Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens.

Aurora Colorado Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Colorado nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have long served as advocates and legal representatives for nursing home residents who have been victimized by caregivers and others. Our Denver area elder abuse attorneys continuously review publicly available data on opened investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns of nursing facilities throughout central Colorado. We post the data in an effort to assist families who must make a well-informed decision before placing a loved one in the care of professional nurses.

Comparing Aurora Area Nursing Facilities

Our central Colorado nursing home abuse lawyers have accumulated the list below of many nursing homes in the Aurora area that currently maintain a below average rating as outlined by the national Medicare.gov database. Our abuse case attorneys have detailed the most serious primary concerns of each nursing home below and outlined cases that involve preventable bedsores, spreads of infection and substandard care.

Information on Colorado Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across Colorado to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about the cases below:

COLORADO STATE VETERANS HOME AT FITZSIMMONS
1919 Quentin St.
Aurora, Co 80045
(720) 857-6400

A “Government Owned and Operated” 180-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Provide Adequate Staffing to Meet the Needs of the Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/06/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure sufficient nursing staff is provided for [3 residents at the facility].” The deficient practice was noted specifically for the facility’s failure “to ensure there were sufficient numbers of personnel on a 24-hour basis to provide nursing and related services to all residents to attain the highest practical physical and psychosocial well-being of each resident.”

The deficient practices included a report by a resident indicating “he fell in his room the previous night, wasn’t able to get up, so he slept on the floor until the nurse found him.” This appears to be an ongoing problem because the resident “stated they are short staffed at night. I timed it last night from the time I fell until someone came into the room and it was an hour and 43 minutes, and that is not right.” The resident was not close to his call light after falling.

The interim Director of Nursing noted during an interview that the residents “feel we do not have enough to give the care they need.” The interim Director of Nursing also indicated that many residents requiring two person assist lifts have had to wait 20 to 30 minutes for assistance in the early morning and evening hours.

The Nursing Home Administrator in an interview “acknowledged it has been a challenge. We have been short 10 CNAs. There is some frustration over wages.”

Our Aurora Colorado nursing home attorneys recognize that any failure to provide adequate staffing compromises the level of care provided to the residents and could be considered negligence.

BETH ISRAEL AT SHALOM PARK
14800 East Belleview Dr.
Aurora, CO 80015
(303) 680-5000

A “Not for Profit” 135-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards
Failure to Provide Adequate Supervision to Ensure the Resident Does Not Elope or Wander Away from the Facility without Notice

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/30/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “ensure the resident environment remained as free of accident hazards as possible.” This deficient practice directly involved four residents at the facility. Specifically, “the facility failed to put adequate and effective measures in place to protect residents from the potential of burns from use of the hot/cold gel packs which created a situation of Immediate Jeopardy with the potential for serious harm for [four residents specifically] and other residents in the facility.”

A separate incident is also noted in the summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015 over the facility’s failure “to monitor [the resident’s] safety after an elopement [from the facility].” The state surveyor conducted an interview with the Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) and the Director of Nursing (DON) over an elopement that occurred at the facility. The NHA and DON showed the state surveyor where a “resident was discovered after exiting the building into the courtyard. The NHA reported the resident was found pushing on the releasing handles of the gate.” The NHA also indicated to the surveyor that “the gate could be pushed for 15 seconds [… and] after 15 seconds the gate would open. The opening was observed to have a three foot sidewalk than a drop off of approximately six feet to the road below.”

Our Aurora nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to provide an environment free of accident hazards or inadequate supervision to prevent elopement from the premises might be considered negligence or mistreatment. Additionally, the deficient practices by the administrator and nursing staff does not follow state and federal procedures and protocols enforced by nursing home regulators.

JUPITER VILLAGE – THE SPEARLY CENTER
2205 W. 29th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 458-1112

A “For-Profit” 135-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Reports of Alleged Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of the Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/20/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “have supporting evidence that all alleged violations involving mistreatment, neglect and/or abuse involving [a resident at the facility] were thoroughly investigated.”

The complaint investigation was initiated after a resident “stated he was in the smoking area during the posted smoking times, one other resident kicked him. He stated that he then grabbed another resident’s cane an struck him.”. The resident went on to indicate that “if I do not protect myself no one here will. The nurse who was outside jumped up and told us to stop. The resident stated the staff did not change the smoking time or separate the two residents.”

The facility’s Director of Nursing/Director of Wellness indicated during an interview with the state surveyor “that a thorough investigation had not been completed timely in regards to the 02/26/2015 physical altercation between two residents.” The Director stated that “this particular altercation …. Happened after hours and she was notified the next morning. She stated the facility policy was for law enforcement to be called in, however in this incident that did not happen.” It was noted that the incident “was not reported to the state agency due to the facility determining the resident who kicked [the other resident] had [a specific redacted medical condition that played a part in making the determination not to follow specific procedures].”

Our Colorado nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that the facility failed to follow their own policies including their 11/25/2008 Abuse Policy that revealed that all incidences or allegations of abuse be investigated and that all residents involved in the incident are separated and that the residents are protected during the investigation and that the investigation is reported to the proper authorities. The failure to follow any of the above expectations noted in the facility’s policy might be considered abuse and mistreatment.

CHERRY CREEK NURSING CENTER
14699 East Hampden Ave.
Aurora CO 8014
(303) 693-0111

A “For-Profit” 218-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Provide Minimum Level of Skilled Nursing Care That Meet Professional Standards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/16/2015, to ensure that [the resident] receives the care and services necessary to attain the highest practical level of well-being.” The deficient practice was noted after interviews and a review of a residence records indicating that “the facility failed to “provide a registered nurse assessment to change of the skin on the resident’s scrotum.” The facility also failed monitor any changes to the skin after was identified. As a result, “the scrotum became infected and required surgical debridement.”

The deficient practice notation further concluded that the facility failed “to identify changes in the resident’s vital signs consistent with infection” and “assess the resident’s hydration status although the resident had experienced emesis (vomiting) and had received a physician’s orders [for treatment].”

The interim Director of Nursing acknowledged the facility’s failure and could not “identify any additional paperwork related to the resident’s change in condition in the former [Director of Nursing’s] office.

One or more failures to follow established procedures and protocols that meet the level of minimal care might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident. In addition, the deficient practices violate enforceable state and federal regulations.

MISSION SAN MIGUEL NURSING HOME AND REHABILITATION CENTER
7150 Poplar St.
Commerce City, CO 80022
(303) 289-7110

A “For-Profit” 95-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor of a Serious Decline in Their Medical Condition That Jeopardizes Their Health and Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/09/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure the resident, the resident’s legal representative and the resident’s physician were informed of changes in the condition or decisions to transfer from the facility.” This deficient practice affected one resident when the facility specifically “failed to notify the resident’s legal representative and physician of a residence change in condition and the facility failed to call the physician when the legal representative reported the resident needed go to the hospital and emergency medical services were called by the family and the resident was transported to the hospital.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview on 03/09/2015 at the facility’s Medical Director who claimed “he was not familiar with the resident and that he was not aware the facility did not have a policy for a change of condition. He stated they would address that in a meeting the next day.”

Our Aurora nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that failure to establish policies to ensure the well-being and health of residents might be considered mistreatment or negligence and violates established protocols enforced by state and federal agencies that regulate nursing homes nationwide.

MONACO PARKWAY HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER
895 South Monaco Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80224
(303) 321-3110

A “For-Profit” -certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/24/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that the resident environment remained as free of accident hazards as possible.” The deficient practice was noted in part because of the facility’s failure to ensure that “each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.” This failure directly affected one resident at the facility to ensure that they “received safe construction of application, use and monitoring of a repositioning ladder.”

While the resident “reported she have the bed ladder in her room for several weeks,” and that “someone from physical therapy and someone from Occupational Therapy knew about it” the facility’s Director of Nursing and Rehabilitation Program Manager “reported they had never seen the residents bed ladder.” When the facility’s Rehabilitation Program Manager “crouched down to observe how the latter was attached to the bed frame and pulled on the ladder. The ladder immediately came undone from the bed frame and fell to the floor. He confirmed the bed ladder was not secure and would need to be secured more tightly in order to ensure the resident safety.”

Any deficient practice that could lead to an accident that causes a resident harm or death might be considered negligence or mistreatment. In addition, not taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of every resident directly violates federal and state regulations.

WOODBRIDGE TERRACE NURSING AND REHABILITATION
5230 E. 66th Way
Commerce City, CO 80022
(303) 289-1848

A “For-Profit” 105-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/12/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “to keep [a resident at the facility] free from pressure ulcers.” The deficient practice was noted by the state surveyor because the facility “failed to prevent the development of a new pressure sore and promote the healing of the pressure sore.” In addition, the survey noted the facility also “failed to evaluate the impact of the interventions and revise care approaches as needed specific to the resident’s needs.”

The incident involves a facility resident who requires “extensive assistance with bed mobility, transfers and other activities of daily living.” The resident was admitted to the facility “with a stage IV pressure sore to the sacrum. However, the resident “acquired pressure sores to the coccyx and buttocks after admission.” In part, the facility’s failure involved not assessing, developing or implementing necessary measures to prevent further breakdown to the resident’s skin. The resident also “had an indwelling Foley catheter and developed a new pressure sore to the penis, first documented by the wound care specialist on 09/08/2014 as being more than two months old and which had not healed as of 03/12/2015.”

The surveyor noted that the nursing staff had “failed to conduct timely, thorough and accurate assessments, document an accurate minimum data set, update the care plan with adequate interventions to promote healing, document skin and when conditions in the medical record, consistently administer catheter care and physician order dressing changes, provide adequate turning and repositioning to offload pressure and keep the resident’s catheter bag and tubing off the floor to help prevent infections.” The facility’s two directors indicated they “did not know why the resident’s care plan specifically relate to pressure ulcers had not been updated, care plan was not reflective of the resident’s newly acquired pressure ulcers.”

Our Colorado nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow established protocols to prevent the development of pressure ulcers or failing to provide proper treatment to existing pressure ulcers might be considered gross negligence, especially if significant harm or damage occurs to the patient. These deficient practices do not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by the facility and directly violate many of the rules and regulations enforced by nursing home regulators.

LIFE CARE CENTER OF AURORA
14101 East Evans Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 751-2000

A “For-Profit” 166-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Abuse
Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Reports of Alleged Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of the Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/06/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “initiate an investigation of possible verbal or mental abuse of [the resident at the facility].” The deficient practice was noted after a staff interview and a review of the resident’s records indicating that the facility failed to follow its own policies that included in part “all allegations of abuse will be taken seriously by the facility and will be promptly investigated. The facility will utilize Concern/Comment Cards from associates, residents, legal representatives, family members and other individuals to identify any abuse potential. In addition, incident reports, behaviors and observations of signs and symptoms of abuse will be utilized to identify potential abuse.”

Both facility failures involved one resident noted to require “extensive assistance from one staff member for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). She received antianxiety and antidepressant medication daily and she was not identified as having any behaviors.” A review of the nurse’s notes dated 10/14/2014 read in part that the resident “stated to the nurse, at 9:00 AM, that she called the suicide hotline last night and talk to them for about an hour. She stated she was upset about having to be there and she was better now and denied being suicidal at the time. The nurse reported this to the morning team. The resident stated she was not going for her home visit and that she was going home today.” The resident was upset and indicated that “she was pushed to her limit with therapy asking ‘what are you going to do now?’ The resident stated that the therapist pushed her to the point that she felt ‘stupid’ and was so upset that she called the suicide hotline and spoke with a therapist for 1 ½ hours overnight. The resident stated she was not suicidal at this time and had a safety plan in place with the mental health clinic.”

The state surveyor interviewed the resident via the telephone on 01/05/2014 where the resident “stated that she left the facility because she was not getting the help and assistance she needed. She stated that the therapist would not let her shower for yourself and that the therapist made her feel stupid. The resident stated that the therapist told her that she stunk … and what she needed to do in order not to stink.”

Any verbal or mental abuse by a caregiver toward a resident in a nursing facility is in direct violation with many of the established protocols enforced by federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies. Any failure to provide an environment free of abuse and failure to properly investigate and report any alleged incident might be considered additional abuse of the resident.

CHERRELYN HEALTH CARE CENTER
5555 S. Elati Street
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 798-8686

A “For-Profit” 190-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Follow Protocols and Procedures to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/20/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “maintain an infection control program designed to prevent the spread of disease and infection.” The deficient practice directly involved five residents at the facility. The failure specifically involved a lack of following adequate contact isolation precautions.

The state surveyor noted upon observation that “a male CNA was observed [on 08/17/2015 at 1:09 PM] to exit [a resident’s room marked as an isolation room] while wearing a gown and gloves. Using his gloved hand, he opened the drawer on the isolation cart located in the hallway just outside the entrance room and removed a mask and placed it on his face. The CNA went back to the room and close the door behind him.” At a later incident that day at 4:59 PM, a different CNA “was observed to enter [a designated isolation room] to answer a call light. The CNA did not don gloves or any other personal protective equipment (PPE) and she handled the resident’s water bottle and a container on the resident’s bedside table. The CNA then left the room without washing her hands and was caring the resident’s water pitcher. In the hallway, the CNA was observed to touch the right side of her face.” Moments later the same CNA “return to the resident’s room carrying the filled water bottle and placed it on the bedside table in the isolation room [… and] did not don gloves or other PPE prior to entering the room.” After exiting the room, the CNA “did not wash her hands.”

The Aurora nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC recognize that the facility did not follow their own policies and procedures, especially the 10/15/2014 policy titled: Initiating Isolation Procedures that states “to provide a safer environment, isolation precautions will be initiated when there is reason to believe that a resident has an infectious or communicable disease. Maintain adequate supply of isolation supplies (plastic container, gloves, gowns, masks etc. as needed) near the isolation room so that appropriate protective clothing can be easily put on before entering the isolation room. Post notice on the room entrance door instructing staff and visitors to report to the nursing station before entering the room. Maintain isolation precautions until discontinued by the attending physician.”

Any failure to follow these protocols and establish procedures adopted by the facilities might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident.

ENGLEWOOD POST ACUTE AND REHABILITATION
3575 South Washington St.
Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 789-2265

A “For-Profit” 82-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –
Failure to Follow Established Protocols to Minimize Medication Errors by Giving the Wrong Drug, Wrong Dose or at the Wrong Time

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/21/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning a failure at the facility ensuring “it was free of medication errors [at a] rate of five percent or greater.” The deficient practice was noted because the “medication pass observation error rate was 11.11% out of 27 opportunities for errors.”
The deficient notation was made after an observance of an RN at the facility “preparing medication for [a resident] on 07/16/2015 at 8:50 AM. The resident’s order was for Ketotifen Solution, and still one drop in both eyes two times a day for allergy” as ordered by the physician. However, the nurse “omitted medication at the time the medication was due” and did not “alert the physician about the omitted medication at the time the medication was due or shortly thereafter before recording the administration of the medication.”

Our Aurora nursing home lawyers recognize that the facility failed to follow established procedures and policies including standard Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques that reads in part “To prevent medication errors follow the six rights of medication administration consistently every time you administer medications. Many medication errors are linked in some way to an inconsistency in adhering to the six rights [which include] the:

  1. Right Medication
  2. Right Patient
  3. Right Dose
  4. Right Route
  5. Right Time
  6. Right Documentation

In addition, the clinical nursing skills & techniques protocols require that the nurse “read the label on the medication container and compared to the Medication Administration Record (MAR) at least three times: before removing the container from the supply drawer, when placing the medication in the administration cup/syringe and just before administering the medication to the patient.”

Any failures to follow these established procedures and protocols might be considered negligence and violate the acceptable standards of care adopted by the facility.

The Signs and Symptoms of Abuse and Neglect

If you are your loved one’s medical or legal advocate, your main responsibility is to ensure they are living in a safe and loving environment. To be sure, you must visit the nursing home on a regular basis to become familiar with the staff in the level of care they provide your spouse, parent or grandparent and all other residents in the facility. Finally, you must let the staff and administration know that you advocate for your loved one on behalf of your entire family.

To be a successful advocate for your loved one, you must be aware of the common indicators, signs and symptoms of residents receiving an adequate treatment or unacceptable standards of care. The most common signs of abuse, mistreatment and neglect involve:

  • Acquiring a bedsore after being admitted to the facility
  • Becoming malnourished or dehydrated
  • An unexpected significant loss of weight
  • Bruises or marks on the arms or legs that indicate use of physical restraints that is not on the resident’s plan of care
  • Any sign of over-sedation or overmedication with a loved one is confused, fatigued or distant

If you suspect your loved one is or has suffered abuse, neglect or mistreatment while a resident and a nursing facility, it is essential to take immediate steps. The Aurora nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have served as legal advocates for many family members whose loved one has been victimized by nursing home staff or other residents. Our Colorado nursing home team of attorneys can provide numerous legal options to stop the abuse and assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve for your damages, losses or injuries.

We encourage you to contact our law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free no obligation for case evaluation. All information you share with us remains confidential. We accept all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home abuse cases through a contingency fee agreement. This means you receive immediate legal representation, advice and counsel without paying an upfront fee.

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