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Big Blue Healthcare Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Many families have limited options on how to provide care to an aging loved one other than to place them in a Wyandotte County nursing facility. Unfortunately, many patients in nursing homes become the victims of mistreatment, or personal injury suffered mistreatment, abuse or neglect while living in a nursing home.
If your loved one was harmed while residing in a nursing home, contact our nursing home abuse affiliated attorneys in Kansas now for immediate legal intervention. Let our team of lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure that you receive monetary compensation to recover your damages. We can begin working on your case today.
Big Blue Healthcare Center
a.k.a. Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center
This Medicare and Medicaid-participating nursing center is a "for profit" home providing services to residents of Kansas City and Wyandotte County, Kansas. The 154-certified bed long-term care home is located at:
7850 Freeman Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66112
Big Blue Healthcare Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Big Blue Healthcare Center – Riverbend Post-Acute Rehab Center offers other health services. Additional focused care includes in-house therapy using “hands-on therapeutic approaches.”
Financial Penalties and Violations
The investigators for the federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal authority to impose monetary fines or deny payment for Medicare services if the nursing facility is cited for serious violations of rules and regulations.
Within the last three years, investigators imposed two monetary penalties against Big Blue Healthcare Center, citing substandard care. These penalties include a $9,725 fine on May 22, 2017, and a $15,765 fine on February 15, 2017, for a total of $25,490.
This nursing facility also received sixteen complaints and self-reported five serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Kansas Long-Term Care State Survey Reports.
Kansas City Kansas Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Our attorneys review data on every long-term and intermediate care facility on Medicare.com and the Kansas Department of Public Health website.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Area Remained Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provides Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation #F323 date September 21, 2017
State investigators documented that “the facility failed to ensure one resident received adequate supervision and appropriate interventions to prevent elopement [wandering away].” The resident exited the facility “without staff knowledge. Staff on the resident outside the facility approximately thirty minutes after the resident was last seen.”
The investigators reviewed the resident’s Care Area Assessment that shows that the resident “had short-term and long-term memory problems and could not make decisions.” The resident “had an altered mental state, a cognitive communication deficit, and confusion.”
Documentation shows that the therapy staff member stated that they were “at the far, east end of the therapy room when [they] looked up through the window and saw the resident outside. The resident stood on the sidewalk, faced the building, and looked to the window at the staff.”
The therapy staff member said that the resident stood “approximately twenty feet” away stated that they made eye contact with the resident before getting up and going outside to retrieve the resident.
The facility Administrator stated that the front desk the main entrance is staffed every day including on weekends and holidays and that the main doors are pre-programmed by the maintenance department to unlock at 8:30 AM automatically and then automatically lock again at 5:00 PM.
The Administrator stated that they “never saw the resident leave the building” but did see the resident returned to the facility accompanied by a staff member. The survey team determined that “the facility failed to ensure adequate supervision and appropriate interventions to prevent an elopement [wander away] for one severely cognitively impaired resident.”
In a separate summary dated May 22, 2017, the nursing home “failed to provide adequate supervision for [one resident who] eloped from the facility on May 13, 2017 and was found at an intersection approximately 1.3 miles from the facility.” A staff member “shut the Wanderguard alarm off when the resident exited the building and [another staff member] observed the resident off the facility property and failed to stop and protect the resident immediately.”
Neglected or Abused at Big Blue Healthcare Center? We Can Help
Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment while residing at Big Blue Healthcare Center a.k.a. Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center? Contact the Kansas nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Wyandotte County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas including Kansas City.
Our legal team offers every client a free, initial case consultation. Additionally, we offer a 100% “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This promise means you do not owe us anything until we have secured monetary compensation on your behalf.