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Basile Care Center (SFF) Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
The federal and state governments go to great lengths to ensure that the public remains fully informed about the level of care that every nursing facility in the US provides. Surveyors working for Medicare and Medicaid conduct routine unannounced inspections, surveys, and investigations to identify any serious violation or deficiency that could have caused or has caused one or more residents harm. While nearly every nursing home will have violated some regulation, those with egregious deficiencies are required to make immediate improvements to their standards of care provided to every resident to safeguard their health and well-being.
Some facilities have serious underlying problems that could involve operational methods, policies, procedures, staff training, a lack of supervision or other concern. When the nursing home is unable or unwilling to make necessary changes, state and federal regulators can designate the Center as a Special Focus Facility (SFF) and add the Home to the federal Medicare watch list. If corrections are not made promptly, the facility may be forced to sell their operation to a company in good standing or lose their contract to provide care to Medicare and Medicaid-funded patients.
In 2017, the state of Louisiana and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added Basile Care Center to the watch list and designated the facility a Special Focus Facility. The nursing home must make corrections to their policies and procedures, provide additional education to the staff and undergo many more inspections and surveys throughout the year. Likely, the facility will maintain its undesirable designation for years to come.
Basile Care Center
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 78-certified-bed Long Term Care Center providing cares and services to residents of the town of Basile, and Acadia and Evangeline parishes, Louisiana. The Home is located at:
2907 East Schambers
Basile, LA 70515
Over $100,000 in Monetary Penalties
The state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies have the authority to issue monetary penalties against any nursing facility in Louisiana in violation of rules and regulations. In the last three years, Basile Care Center received two monetary penalties including a $51,978 fine on June 29, 2016, and a $54,677 fine on November 28, 2016.
Also, during the same time frame, there were five formal complaints filed against the facility that resulted in citations and two facility-reported issues that resulted in citations.
Current Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Louisiana routinely updates their long-term care home database systems to reflect all opened investigations, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, health violations, filed complaints, and safety concerns. This information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Basile Care Center maintains an overall one out of five stars compared to all nursing homes in the United States. This ranking includes one out of five stars for health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues, and two stars for quality measures.
Ranking the level of service a resident received by the nursing staff often depends on the amount of time the nursing staff spends with the resident each day. Nationally, residents receive 50 minutes of Register Nursing time per resident per day compared to the Louisiana average of 32 minutes and the Basile Care Center average of just 24 minutes, less than half the time provided on average across the United States. However, the level of care provided by Certified Nursing Assistants at this facility was about average 141 minutes per day. Some safety concerns, health violations and deficiencies identified with this facility are listed below.
- Failure to Provide or Obtain Dental Services for Every Resident
- Failure to Allow Residents to Participate in Planning or Revising Their Care Plan
- Failure to Post Nursing Staff Information and Data Daily
- Failure to Provide Residents Access to the Nursing Home’s Most Recent Survey
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 22, 2017, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure dental services were provided for [one resident] reviewed for dental services.” The investigator interviewed the resident on the morning of February 20, 2017, who revealed “that he had problems with his teeth. He stated he had …a toothache for a while and he had told some of the staff the facility about [his] toothache.”
The surveyor interviewed the facility’s Social Services Director the following morning on February 21, 2017, who revealed that “she was not aware that the resident was having problems with his teeth, and she had not made any dental appointments for him.” A review of the resident’s Quarterly Dietary Progress Notes dated January 31, 2017, revealed documentation that the “resident was complaining of a toothache/pain on his upper left side,” three weeks earlier. The document also revealed that “the resident stated he works around it.”
The surveyor reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) signed by the MDS coordinator and the Director Nursing revealed that “the Oral Assessment identified the resident had mouth and facial pain, discomfort or difficulty with chewing.” The MDS Coordinator and the Director Nursing confirmed “that the resident or promising complaints had been addressed in the [nurse’s] Progress Notes during the Quarterly Meeting on January 31, 2017. However, no follow-up had been done. They further confirm that the resident had not been referred to the dentist until the surveyor’s intervention.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 22, 2017, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure a resident’s Care Plan was reviewed and revised to include the resident’s refusal to be weighed.” The surveyor reviewed the resident’s Vital Signs and Weights form that revealed “documentation that the resident refused to be weighed” in December 2016 through February 2017.
The resident’s December 2016 through February 2017 Nurse’s Notes “revealed no documentation of the resident refusing to have weights completed.” The resident’s April 30, 2017, Comprehensive Plan of Care revealed “a plan for alteration and nutrition related to the disease process. The approaches” involved observing weight and recording, evaluating weight loss and determining the percentage weight loss to ensure facility protocols were followed. The surveyor reminded the facility of their Weighing Resident’s Policy that reveals “every resident was to be weighed monthly unless otherwise ordered.”
The surveyor interviewed the facility’s CNA Supervisor on the morning of February 21, 2017, who stated that “the resident had been refusing to be weighed for the past three months.” The supervisor also stated that “she had not communicated this information to the Care Plan nurse. A subsequent interview with the MDS Coordinator revealed that “she was not aware that the resident had been refusing to be weighed [and confirmed …] the resident’s Care Plan did not address her refusal…”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 22, 2017, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to post nurse tapping information daily.” The investigator noted that through observations during the survey conducted between February 20, 2017, and February 22, 2017, that “the nursing staff information was not posted daily” as required by law.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 22, 2017, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure that the results of the most recent facility survey were placed in a readily accessible area to residents, family members and legal representatives of residents.”
During tours and observations at the facility from February 2, 2017, to February 22, 2017, the surveyor noted that “the most recent survey results were in a fully that was placed in a hanging box on the wall in the nurse’s station. The folder was not readily accessible to residents, family members and legal representatives of residents.” The surveyor interviewed the facility’s Director Nursing on February 22, 2017, who stated that “the most recent survey results were not readily accessible….”
Was Your Loved One Abused or Neglected?
If you believe your grandparent, parent or spouse died prematurely or suffered serious injury while a patient at Basile Care Center, contacting a personal injury attorney could be a wise decision. With an attorney working on your behalf, your family can ensure that all the necessary documents and paperwork are filed promptly in the appropriate county courthouse before the Louisiana statute of limitations expires.
No upfront retainers or fees are required because personal injury attorneys accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. All your legal services will be paid only after the attorney has successfully resolved the claim by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or winning your case at trial.