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The Earlwood Nursing Facility
Attorneys for Mistreated & Injured at The Earlwood Nursing Facility
The number of cases involving mistreatment in nursing facilities throughout California has risen significantly over the last few decades. Many senior citizens, rehabilitating and disabled become victims of abuse and neglect at the hands of caregivers, employees, visitors, or other patients. If your loved one was injured while living in a Los Angeles County nursing facility, contact the California Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal assistance.
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The Earlwood Nursing Facility
This long-term care home is a 87-certified bed center providing cares and services to residents of Torrance and Los Angeles County, California. The "for-profit" Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
20820 Earl Street
Torrance, California 90503
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, The Earlwood Nursing Facility offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-term and long term care, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
California and federal agencies are duty-bound to monitor every nursing home and levy monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare when investigators identify serious violations of nursing home regulations and rules. In some cases, the nursing home receives multiple penalties if surveyors find severe violations that harmed or could have harmed a resident.
Medicare has cited this facility for abuse. Medicare says that “every nursing home resident deserves to retain their basic human dignity and be treated with respect at all times. Abuse and neglect are never acceptable.” Nursing homes “cited for abuse are required to take steps to protect their residents.”
This nursing facility received twenty-four complaints and self-reported five serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the comprehensive California Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services Website.
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Torrance California Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The federal government and California Department of Public Health website update comprehensive information containing historical details of all citations and violations.
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 three out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Including Physical and Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – citation #F600 date March 27, 2019
- Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Area Remained Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provides Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation #F323 date August 2, 2018
The state investigators determined the nursing home "failed to ensure that the resident was treated with dignity and was free of abuse.” The resident “alleged she was verbally abused by a Certified Nursing Assistant and felt that her rights had been violated. This deficient practice resulted in [the resident] feeling anxious, upset, and disrespected by [the CNA].”
The resident stated during an interview that “I was called an ‘a hole’ twice by [a CNA] because she was upset that I needed to go outside and smoke a cigarette in the middle of the night.” The resident said that “the CNA told me not to go out on the patio to smoke because the doors were all locked after 9:00 PM and when I did not listen to her she called me an ‘a hole.’” The resident said that “I have anxiety and unfortunately I am addicted to nicotine because it helps to relax me.”
The failure by the nursing home “had the potential for staff to feed the resident with non-thickened liquids and placed the resident at risk for choking.” A review of the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment indicated the resident was severely impaired and requires extensive assistance for eating. The “resident had no functional limitation in the range of motion to her upper extremities.”
The resident’s Care Plan identified the resident “as being at risk for impaired swallowing related to generalized weakness, dementia, and overall medication condition. The Care Plan goal was for the resident to be free from signs and symptoms of aspiration.” The facility’s interventions included “to educate the family and resident about dietary restrictions/foods to avoid and provide consistency liquids as ordered.”
However, the resident was observed lying in bed. On the over bed table was a pitcher filled with purple fluid that was “normal consistency and not thickened.”
Want More Information About The Earlwood Nursing Facility? Our Lawyers Can Help
Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment while residing at The Earlwood Nursing Facility? Contact the California nursing home abuse prevention lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Los Angeles County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Torrance.
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