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East Lake Arbor Health Care Center Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Over one million Americans live in nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, and assisted-living homes nationwide. Most patients are grandparents, mothers, fathers, children, and siblings. Sadly, nursing home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment are serious problems that exist in approximately one-third of all facilities throughout the United States.
If your loved one was injured while residing in a DeKalb County nursing facility, contact the Georgia Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal assistance. Our team of lawyers has handled cases like yours so we can obtain compensation for you too. Let us begin working on your case now to hold those responsible for the harm legally and financially accountable.East Lake Arbor Health Care Center
This Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing center is a "for profit" home providing services to residents of Decatur and DeKalb County, Georgia. The 103-certified bed long-term care home is located at:
304 Fifth Avenue
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Both the state of Georgia and federal agencies penalize nursing homes by denying reimbursement payments from Medicare or imposing monetary fines anytime the facility is cited for a severe violation of established regulations that harm or could harm residents.
Over the last thirty-six months, nursing home regulators imposed three massive monetary penalties against East Lake Arbor Health Care Center citing substandard care. These penalties include a $13,523 fine on September 23, 2018, a $212,803 fine on September 19, 2016, and a $29,413 fine on March 23, 2016, for a total of $255,739. Also, Medicare denied payment for services rendered on September 19, 2016.
The nursing home received one formally filed complaint that resulted in a citation. Additional information about penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Georgia Nursing Home Reporting Website.Decatur Georgia Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Our attorneys obtain and review data on every Georgia long-term care home from various online publically-available sources including the GA Department of Public Health website and Medicare.gov.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures.
Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Resident-to-Resident Assault - citation date September 19, 2016
According to investigators, the facility "failed to provide adequate supervision on the 300 Hall (locked) Behavior Unit to prevent two cognitively impaired residents from entering the shower room unattended."
The facility also failed to "prevent one cognitively impaired resident from accessing the housekeeping cart unattended and provide a safe environment for two cognitively impaired residents who were struck or bitten by residents with aggressive behaviors."
In one incident, a resident "on the Behavior Unit with severe cognitive impairment was struck in the face by her roommate, a cognitively impaired resident with aggressive behaviors." The assaulting patient "was struck by [the aggressive resident] with a shoe" before being moved to another unit for two nights."
The resident was then "moved back to her room on the Behavior Unit and cried and pleaded not to be returned to a room with [the aggressive resident] and told staff she feared [the aggressive resident] would kill her." The aggressive resident bit the assaulting resident "on the left side of her chest, leaving teeth marks, broken skin and blue and purple bruising." The facility took no action to move the resident again who continued to share a room with the aggressive resident for some time.
Failure to Have Sufficient Nursing Staff to Care for Every Resident to Ensure Their Well-Being Is Maximized - citation date September 19, 2016
The survey team documented that the facility "failed to provide sufficient staff to prevent harm to [three of thirteen] residents with cognitive impairment or aggressive behaviors residing on the 300 Hall (locked) Behavior Unit." This failure by the nursing staff "had the potential to affect all thirty residents on the Behavior Unit."
The surveyors reviewed the Behavior Unit Guidelines that revealed that the Behavior Unit is to have two staff members present at all times. Residents of the Behavior Unit were not to be left unattended in the bathing area because showers and bathtubs are dangerous for both residents and staff." The survey team observed the Behavior Unit Shower Room door that had no lock.
An observation of the Behavior Unit Dining Room revealed one Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) "serving trays to residents in rooms and two dining areas. The CNA was observed to leave the dining area multiple times, and the residents were unattended."
Are you the victim of mistreatment, neglect or abuse while living at East Lake Arbor Health Care Center? Contact the Georgia nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent DeKalb County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas including Decatur.
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