Denver Colorado Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Denver Colorado Nursing Home Abuse AttorneysOur Denver nursing home abuse attorneys have seen a significant rise in the amount of cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect throughout central Colorado. These cases likely represent only a small number of abuse and neglect incidences occurring in nursing facilities. This is because many victims or family members failed to report mistreatment by th
e nursing staff or harm caused by other residents in the facility because they fear retaliation or do not understand what to do.

Nearly 12.7 percent or 81,000 of the 635,000 residents living within the Denver city limits are senior citizens. The number of elders is even higher when accounting for the surrounding area including Aurora, Centennial, Glendale, Thornton and the cities in Northeast Jefferson County. Many are attracted to the area because of its amenities, beautiful climate and access to some of the best skiing in the Rocky Mountains.

However, the increasing population of retirees has placed a huge demand on many nursing facilities in the Denver area. The overcrowded conditions at many assisted-living homes, nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers have caused significant problems for Administrators who are challenged to find the numbers of registered nurses, nurses’ aides, certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses to meet the needs of every resident in their facility. As a result, many nursing homes have seen a sharp increase in cases involving abuse, neglect and mistreatment.

Denver Colorado Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Denver nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have advocated to protect the rights of every nursing home resident statewide. Our skilled team of dedicated Colorado nursing home lawyers have reviewed publicly available investigation reports, opened investigations, safety concerns and filed complaints against many facilities in the Denver area. Our lawyers have gathered this information from the national Medicare.gov website and post the results along with our primary concerns involving the facilities listed below.

Comparing Denver Area Nursing Facilities

Our central Colorado nursing home abuse lawyers have detailed the list below of nursing facilities in the Denver area currently maintaining below average ratings. This information is used by families to make a comparative analysis of which facilities in their local community provide the highest level of care and those with notable problems including a high number of accident hazards, facility acquired pressure sores, preventable spread of infections and other serious issues.

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:

Alpine Living Center
501 East Thornton Pkwy.
Thornton, CO 80229
(303) 452-6101

A “For-Profit” 126-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Appropriate Care for Residents Requiring Special Services

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/04/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure for [3 residents at the facility receiving] oxygen administration.” The complaint investigation was initiated after a record review, interviews and observations by state surveyor.

Incidents occurring on 02/01/2015 and 02/03/2015, notations made in the Nurses’ Notes “read that the resident’s oxygen saturation was 90 percent on room air.” The Nurses’ Notes also indicated “that the resident’s oxygen was set at two liters per minute on 01/31/2015, 02/02/2015, 02/04/2015, 02/05/2015, 02/08/2015, 02/15/2015 through 02/17/2015 and 02/19/2015 through 02/21/2015. Then again on 02/22/2015, 02/23/2015 and 02/25/2015 the surveyor made notations of the nurse’s notes that read “the resident’s oxygen was set at 2.5 liters per minute.”

The state surveyor investigating the deficient practice interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 03/03/2015 who acknowledged “the physician’s orders for oxygen administration should always be followed and that the oxygen level should not be lower than stated on the physician’s order.”

Our Denver nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to properly care for residents requiring special services places their health and well-being in jeopardy. The deficient practices do not follow established procedures and protocols adopted by the facility and violates federal and state regulations.

Aspen Center
656 Dylan Way
Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 344-0636

A “For-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/31/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that [5 residents at the facility] were free from accident hazards.” The deficient practice failed to ensure that a resident “was provided with proper consistency fluids to minimize the risk of choking/aspiration.” The state surveyor interviewed a resident who reported “that she was not safe to mix up or thickened liquids because she could not remember the correct amount of thickener and  to remember not to drink the thin liquids while waiting for the thickener. She stated, luckily, my roommate takes care of my thickened liquids. My doctor warned me that if I aspirated again you would not be able to save my life again. Scares me that they leave me alone with the liquids. She reported that she ate all of her meals in her room at bedside with her roommate” which was confirmed by her roommate.

Our Aurora nursing home attorneys recognize that failing to provide appropriate standards of care and failing to provide adequate supervision and assistance for a resident requiring assistance could place a resident’s life in jeopardy and might be considered mistreatment or negligence. The deficient practice fails to meet the minimum standards of acceptable levels of care outlined in procedures and policies adopted by the facility and violates federal and state regulations.

Bear Creek Center
150 Spring St.
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-8181

A “For-Profit” 180 -certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols for Reporting and Investigating Any Act of Alleged Abuse Involving a Resident

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/25/2014, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure all alleged violations involving mistreatment, neglect or abuse were fully investigated and reported in accordance with facility policy and State law.” This failure to ensure that an allegation of neglect and an allegation of physical abuse for a resident at the facility was fully investigated and reported to the “police and the state surveyor and certification agency.”

The incident involved a resident reporting that “a female CNA caring for him overnight on approximately 08/10/2014 was rough with him when putting him to bed, describes the CNA hit the resident with her open hand on his shoulder/chest area, stating to the resident, I know what cops like. According to the report, the resident thought he could identify the CNA in question if he saw her again, but was unable to identify the alleged perpetrator when shown CNA identification badges and when certain female CNAs were sent in the resident’s room to complete simple tasks.”

Even though female CNAs in the facility with the opportunity to provide care to the resident who could have abused the resident during the timeframe in question denied the allegations. As a result, “the facility believed the criteria for verbal/physical abuse were not met and failed to report the allegation of abuse to the state surveyor and certification agency and to the police.” Additionally, the facility was unable to “identify the CNA involved in the alleged event, night CNAs were required to attend an abuse-free environment lesson provided by the facility.”

Even though the resident “denied he felt pain during the alleged encounter, [the incident] scared him.”

Our Denver/Morrison nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols of reporting and investigating an act of abuse violates both federal and state regulations. In addition, the deficient practices might be considered gross negligence if the resident is physically, mentally or emotionally harmed.

Broomfield Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
12975 Sheridan Blvd.
Broomfield, CO 80020
(303) 785-5800

A “For-Profit” 210-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Necessary Housekeeping to Ensure That the Resident Is Comfortable in a Sanitary and Orderly Environment

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/09/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “provide housekeeping and maintenance services necessary to maintain a sanitary, orderly and comfortable interior.” The deficient practice was noted after an observation of the facility where the state surveyor noted that “the bathroom in room 341 was observed on [02/02/2015 at 11:15 AM] to have a brown substance on the floor in front of the toilet on the raised toilet seat and on the armrests of the raised toilet seat. In the waste basket, there were multiple wads of soiled toilet tissue. The washcloths and handles at the sink in the resident’s room were observed to have brown substance on them as well as the bed sheets and pillowcases.” At noon, the observer noted that the resident’s bathroom and room “were observed in the same above condition” at noon, 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM. During the 3:30 PM observation, “the housekeeper had cleaned the resident’s room and bathroom.” However, “the armrests of the raised toilet seat remain soiled with the same brown substance as if they had not been wiped down. The washcloths, hand towels and bed linens remain soiled as well.”

In an interview occurring on 02/09/2015 with the facility’s Director of Nursing and Nursing Home Administrator confirmed “in both housekeeping and nursing staff should have identified and observed conditions of the resident’s rooms.” In addition, they also “confirm the condition should have been identified, reported and cleaned by housekeeping staff long before they were.”

Our Denver/Broomfield nursing home neglect and mistreatment attorneys recognize any failure to provide necessary housekeeping to clean up soiled areas in the bathroom and resident’s room do not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by the facility and might be considered negligence or mistreatment.

Crown Crest of Parker
9398 Crown Crest Blvd.
Parker, CO 80138
(720) 851-3300

A “For-Profit” 154-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols When Providing Residents Physician-Ordered Pain Medications That Caused the Resident to Experience Extreme Pain for an Extensive Amount of Time

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/14/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “to provide care and services to bring the highest practical level of well-being for [2 residents at the facility].” The facility’s deficient practice to monitor and treat a resident for pain resulted in a resident experiencing a high level of pain registered at eight out of 10.

The deficient practice was noted after a review of the facility’s MARs indicating that the resident “had no pain assessment completed that morning. The most recent pain assessment had been completed the previous day. The notes in the 01/14/2015 MARs “indicated that the resident did not receive a dose of either [pain medications] to manage his pain.

The state surveyor conducted a 01/14/2015 11:14 AM interview with the facility’s LPN (licensed practical nurse) who stated “that she was running late on medication pass. The LPN stated that she did not arrive to work until 10 AM.” However, when the resident was interviewed a second time at 11:43 AM, the resident indicated “that he still had not received his pain medication and indicated that his pain was now an eight out of 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. The resident stated that the nurse had not been by to check on him that morning.” During an interview at 1226, the resident then stated “that he had just received his medication but that it had not started working yet and that he had pain from shoulders to toes at an eight out of 10.”

In an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing later that afternoon stated “that any pain assessment that had been conducted for the resident would have been noted in the MARs under the order for pain assessment and that the absence of documentation indicated that no pain assessment had been performed.” The Director also confirmed that there was a four hour delay in the resident receiving their medications and that the “lack of documentation of the resident’s pain level indicates that no pain assessment had been performed” and that the practice was unacceptable.

Our Denver/Parker nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to provide pain medication in a timely manner might be considered negligence or mistreatment. This is confirmed by the facility’s Director of Nursing stating “that she was aware that the resident’s nurse had got to the facility [late] and another nurse was supposed to administer the medication but apparently did not ensure that the resident’s medication for pain were administered as ordered.”

Pearl Street Health and Rehabilitation Center
3636 South Pearl St.
Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 761-1640

A “For-Profit” 81-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Established Protocols and Reporting and Investigating Any Actor Report of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of a Resident

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/06/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “conduct a thorough investigation and allegations of physical abuse for [2 residents at the facility].” The deficient practice was noted after a review of an allegation of abuse involving resident to resident contact on 11/18/2015. The records revealed that staff members observed a resident punching another resident in the arm. “The facility’s investigation showed staff members were interviewed regarding the event, but no residents were interviewed regarding the interactions with [the aggressive resident] or regarding possible witnessed events involving [the aggressive resident]” to make a determination of exactly what happened.

The investigation conducted by the facility showed that a cognitively impaired resident and various “staff members were interviewed regarding the alleged event as part of the investigation.” The resident “stated he witnessed the interaction between [the allegedly aggressive resident] and the staff member in question and denied the staff member had punched [the resident] in the ribs. The facility noted the allegation of physical abuse was not sustained.”

However, our Denver/Englewood nursing home abuse lawyers recognize that any failure to follow policies and procedures might be considered negligence, mistreatment or abuse. Our lawyers have identified the facility did not follow its established policies including the June 2013 policy titled: Abuse & Neglect Prohibition. Some pertinent parts read “each resident has a right to be free from mistreatment, neglect, abuse, involuntary seclusion, injuries of unknown origin and misappropriation of property. Facility supervisors will immediately correct, intervene and report an identified situation in which abuse is at risk for occurring. The facility supervisory staff will integrate into the supervisory process monitoring staff members and residents for behavior indicative of high stress levels that may lead to neglect or abuse or may escalate a continuum of aggression.”
Bethany Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
5301 W. 1st Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226
(303) 238-8333

A “For-Profit” 170-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Necessary Standards of Care to a Resident Who Sustained a Fall That Contributed to Their Death

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/15/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “ensure the highest practical well-being for [a resident at the facility] who sustained a fall.” The deficient practice was a specific failure by facility staff who “did not take appropriate actions based on the resident’s condition after a fall with injury or provide accurate details of the resident’s condition to the physician (after the fourth fall) resulting in a delay in hospitalization. The injury was determined to have contributed to the resident’s death.”

The surveyor reviewed the Emergency Department Report dated 04/19/2015 that states “fall yesterday at 2200 (10 PM), unwitnessed, complaints of headaches today with hematoma to head. On upper extremities the patient does not withdraw from pain stimulus of either upper extremity. There is a contusion on the left skull.” However, the facility failed to “inform them that the resident was found in the hallway (not in his room) after an undetermined amount of time nor did the facility inform them that the resident had remained unresponsive for 5 to 7 minutes after being found.” The Medical Director further stated “they had not been made aware of the abrasion (later identified as a hematoma) to the resident’s forehead and not been informed of the irregular neurological checks.” The Medical Director had stated that if the information they received from the facility had been accurate in accordance with the records at the facility “the medical directive would have been different, specifically they would have advised for emergent hospitalization.”

Our Denver/Lakewood nursing home abuse lawyers recognize the facility failed to follow their own policies and procedures especially the October 10 policy titled Facility Policy: Falls-Assessing Fall in Their Causes that instructs the staff what to do once the resident falls with or without a witness, who to notify within the appropriate timeframe and communication of specific injuries or changes in condition by notifying the practitioner by phone immediately.

The corners report documents the resident’s cause of death as cardiopulmonary arrest due to or as a consequence of a cervical C-2 fracture “due to or consequence of mechanical fall.”

Julia Temple Health Care Center
3401 South Lafayette St.
Englewood, CO 80113
(303) 761-0075

A “For-Profit” 128-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/10/2014, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure the resident environment remain as free of accident hazards as possible.” This deficient practice directly affected six residents at the facility who failed to “receive adequate supervision to prevent accidents.”

The deficient practice was noted after an initial review and observation by the state surveyor the noting revealed that “the facility failed to assess the resident safety to have a lock on an egress door. The facility failed to equip all staff with the appropriate key to open the door when a resident was in distress or in the instance of an emergency. The facility’s failure to keep facility residents safe created a situation of Immediate Jeopardy with the potential for serious harm.”

In one incident, a resident “was in his room with the door closed. His calls for help were heard in the hallway outside his room. The door to his room was closed. The call bell light outside the door was not illuminated.” While the resident’s room door was locked and could not be open, the key was visible in the doorknob but did not unlock the door. The bed control was found on the floor and out of the reach of the resident. The resident was found “lying on his bed with his legs dangling above the floor.”

Our Denver/Englewood nursing home neglect lawyers know that any deficient practice that places the lives of residents in danger could be considered negligence or mistreatment. In addition, the failure to maintain a safe environment for all residents violate state and federal regulations.

Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Aurora
10201 E. 3rd Ave.
Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 364-3364

A “For-Profit” 108-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Standards of Care and Provide Necessary Treatment and Services to the Resident to Ensure Their Highest Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/17/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “ensure each resident received the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being in accordance with their comprehensive assessment and plan of care.” This failure directly affected one resident when the facility “failed to sufficiently monitor for complications related to the use of a chest port and newly placed surgical fistula [to appropriately perform the resident’s treatment].”

While the nursing staff was to feel and listen to the shunt/fistula site using a stethoscope, the resident indicated that “the nurses at the facility did not feel or listen her shunt/fistula, they just replace Steri-Strips to the site after excessive bleeding [… and] could not recall a time when her shunt site had been assess, with touch (feeling for thrill) and listening (using a stethoscope to hear bruit) by a nurse at the facility.

The state surveyor conducted a 11/17/2015 interview with an LPN in charge of providing treatment to the resident who admitted “she missed the important information in the skin check and did not implement the order in the MARs or TARs.

Our Aurora, Colorado nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to provide a minimal standard of care that jeopardizes the health and well-being of the resident might be considered mistreatment or negligence. In addition, the deficient practice of not following established protocols violates both federal and state regulations.

The Villas at Sunny Acres
2501 E. 104th Avenue
Thornton, CO 80233
(303) 452-4181

A “Not-For-Profit” 160-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 Resident to Resident Abuse

Failure to Investigate an Injury of Unknown Origin

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/01/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to thoroughly investigate an incident for one resident at the facility found in bed by facility staff with unexplained injuries.” The deficient practice was noted because the “injury was not observed and [the resident] had expressed fear of her roommate on the day prior to and the night that injuries occurred. The facility’s investigation did not address or rule out the possibility of resident to resident abuse.”

A review of nurse’s notes documented 12/29/2014 as a late night entry indicates that a resident sharing a room with a roommate revealed that she was “very scared of her, she might kick my a(–). The nurse documented she assured the resident she would be safe at the facility and asked the resident if her roommate had pushed her or hit her or try to do so, and the resident answered, no she has not but she might any minute.” When the night CNA performed room checks “between 3:30 and 4:30 AM, [he] heard a resident calling, Help me, Help me. The CNA documented he ran into the resident’s room to check what was going on. He charted he saw the resident in her bed crying, asking for help and she kept saying, please get that lady out of this room, resident was talking about her roommate next to her.”

“The investigation conclusion read Resident stated she fell (first outside, then in her room). No staff reported resident on the floor. It is unsure if the resident got herself back into bed after the reported fall. Resident’s first complaint of right leg pain was when she was in bed. There was no managers action documented. There was no evidence documented in the current/incident report or the investigation of an unknown injury, that the facility investigated the injuries of unknown origin as potential resident to resident abuse despite [the resident] expressing fear toward her roommate.

Our Denver/Thornton Colorado nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to properly investigate any act or allegation of abuse is in direct violation with state and federal regulations and might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident. Additionally, failing to investigate an injury of unknown origin directly violates the established protocols and procedures adopted by the facility.

The Warning Signs and Symptoms of the Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and assisted-living facilities must provide every resident the highest quality care in a safe environment. Our Denver Colorado nursing home attorneys have handled many cases involving residents becoming victims by their caregivers or others residing or visiting the nursing home.

If you serve as your loved one’s advocate to ensure they are receiving the best quality care it is crucial to understand the warning signs and symptoms of neglect and abuse that are often overlooked by doctors, friends and family members. Some warning signs include:

  • Limited Mobility – The nursing staff and physical therapist must ensure that your loved one is receiving proper exercise. Without continual mobility, your loved one can quickly lose their quality of life and complicate any existing health issues and medical conditions.
  • Bedsores Acquired after Admittance – The development of a bedsore (pressure sore; decubitus ulcer; pressure ulcer) is easily preventable if the nursing staff follow specific protocols for individuals requiring assistance with repositioning, turning, mobility or transfers from the bed, toilet or wheelchair. Any bedsore that is allowed to degrade to a stage II, stage III or stage IV condition could place your loved one’s life in danger.
  • The Spread of Infection – The nursing staff is required to follow specific protocols to control infections including donning gloves, gowns and protective equipment when providing treatment, care or hygiene to residents known to have contagious infections.
  • Hazardous Conditions – Many residents in nursing facilities will unexpectedly slip or fall because of a hazardous or unsafe condition that could have been prevented. The facility can become highly dangerous without proper supervision, adequate maintenance and ongoing monitoring of the nursing staff and employees working in the nursing home.

Any indication that your loved one has been abused or neglected will require your immediate intervention. You must notify administrators, supervisors or attorneys who specialize in nursing home advocacy.

Hiring an Attorney

If your loved one shows any symptoms or signs of nursing home abuse, mistreatment or neglect, it is crucial to seek immediate legal intervention. The Denver nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specialize in nursing home abuse cases involving facility acquired bedsores, unexplained weight gain or loss, bruising, staff neglect, physical restraint, hazardous conditions or other unacceptable conditions. Our team of dedicated Colorado nursing home lawyers can take immediate steps to stop the abuse and assist you in seeking the financial recompense you deserve for your injuries and damages.

We encourage you to make contact with our Denver area elder abuse law offices today by calling (800) 926-7565 to schedule your free, no obligation case evaluation. Serving as your legal advocate, we can begin a proper investigation, demand answers from administrators and nursing staff and take appropriate measures to hold those causing harm legally responsible. We accept these types of cases through a contingency fee agreement, meaning no upfront fees are required.

For additional information on Colorado laws and information on nursing homes look here.

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