Fort Wayne, IN Nursing Home Ratings

Overall Rating 34 Nursing Homes
    Rating: 5 out of 5 (10) Much above average
    Rating: 4 out of 5 (5) Above average
    Rating: 3 out of 5 (6) Average
    Rating: 2 out of 5 (11) Below average
    Rating: 1 out of 5 (2) Much below average
August 2018

Fort Wayne, Indiana Nursing Home Abuse AttorneysApproximately 31,000 senior citizens reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana, out of a total population of more than 258,500 individuals within the city limits. There are even more retired individuals residing in the surrounding suburbs and communities including Ossian, New Haven, Monroeville, Garrett, Leo and Columbia City. Other elders live in assisted-living facilities, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in and around Fort Wayne.

Medicare regularly collects information on every nursing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana based on data gathered through inspections, surveys and investigations. Currently, the database shows that inspectors found serious violations and deficiencies at thirteen (30%) of the 34 Fort Wayne nursing homes that resulted in harming the residents. If your loved one was mistreated, abused, injured or died unexpectedly from neglect while living in a nursing home in Indiana, let our attorneys protect the rights of your family. Contact the Fort Wayne nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) today to schedule a free case consultation to discuss filing a claim for compensation to recover your damages.

In recent years, many nursing home reformers have begun experimenting with a change in the way traditional nursing facilities are viewed as grim and sad locations that house the poor and lonely. To avoid institutional environments seen as a place to go off and die, many newer facilities are building sites with homelike atmospheres as a way to encourage older individuals to relocate to enjoy the final phases of their life. Unfortunately, not all nursing home reformation efforts have prevented the high incident rates of physical and sexual abuse, mistreatment and neglect of some of society’s most vulnerable citizens who need assistance with their health and hygiene.

The nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC understand that many complications with nursing home residents’ health and well-being are preventable if proper steps are taken. If the facility hires adequately trained medical professionals and enforces proven protocols, policies and procedures that ensure quality care, many of the serious problems involving neglect and mistreatment can be avoided. Our team of lawyers serve as advocates of every nursing home resident in the state of Indiana. Our law firm publishes updated publicly available data outlining the safety and health concerns in nursing facilities throughout the state.

Fort Wayne, Indiana Nursing Home Safety Concerns

The information below contains a list of Fort Wayne area nursing facilities currently maintaining a low rating in the Comparative Tool Analysis Survey System published on the federal government website Medicare.gov. These nursing homes are rated with one and two stars out of five available stars compared other facilities throughout the United States. Many families use this nationally available information as an effective tool to make a more informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility who requires the highest level of assistance with their hygiene needs and medical care.

Life Care Center of Fort Wayne
1649 Spy Run Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 422-8520

A “For-Profit” – 125 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Infection in the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 7/1/15, a state surveyor makes a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure infection control was maintained while providing wound care [for a resident in contact isolation].” The facility also “further failed to ensure hand washing was done for the recommended amount of time and at appropriate times during administration of medication and gastronomy tube feeding for [3 residents] observed during administration of medications and administration of gastronomy tube feeding.”

Ossian Health Care and Rehabilitation Center
215 Davis Road
Ossian, IN 46777
(260) 622-7821

Government Ownership – 100 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Multiple Residents an Environment Free of Falling Accidents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 3/24/15, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to implement current and/or new and/or immediate intervention to prevent two [falling incidences for two residents] who met the criteria for fall and/or fracture in the last 30 days.” In addition, the facility failed “to ensure the Memory Care unit shower room door was secured and personal care products were not accessible which have the potential to affect 14 of 16 residents identified as confused and mobile and who resided on the Memory Care Unit.” This is in direct violation in part to the Falls Investigation Worksheet for [a resident at the facility who was “found on the floor and was unable to describe what happened. This deficiency was cited on the annual recertification survey (along with the facility’s failure] to implement a plan of correction to correct the deficiency.”

University Park Health and Rehabilitation Center
1400 Medical Park Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 484-1558

A “For Profit” 104-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 and risks

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/5/14, a state surveyor makes a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure environmental hazards were identified concerning loose and wobbly assist bed rails for [2 residents] who use bed assist rails. In addition, “the facility also failed to ensure a bed control court was safe and free from freight areas for [another resident at the facility].” This notation of the facility’s failures is partly due to a 12/1/14 interview of a resident where a hazardous condition existed, a bed rail was “loose and wobbly when moved, and there was a space between the assist rail and the mattress.” This is in direct violation of safety standards that are to be implemented to ensure the safety and well-being of the resident.

Covington Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center
5700 Wilkie Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 432-7556

A “For-Profit” – 149 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Drug Protocol to Ensure the Resident’s Optimal Health and Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 7/8/15, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to follow medication administration policy for [a resident] reviewed for medication administration.” During a 7/8/2015 observation, a resident “was observed in her bed with her breakfast tray on the over bed table next to her. Sitting on the bed, closest to the door, was a plastic medicine cup with medications still in it. There were no staff available to assist the resident.” When asked, the resident “indicated the nurse did not ask her to take her medications while she was still there, just put the medication on the breakfast tray, and left.” This is in direct violation of the facility’s undated policy that was identified by the Dir. of Nursing titled Medication Administration / Technique Observation stating that the nurse must verbalize specific medications to patient and watched consumption without leaving it at bedside.

Golden Years Homestead
3136 Goeglein Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 749-9655

A “Non-Profit” 111-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Physician Notification Protocols and Failure to Follow Doctor’s Orders Due to a Lack of Availability of Prescribed Medication

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 4/28/15, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to notify the physician of medication unavailability for [the resident].” A review of the resident’s “physician’s orders dated 2-27-2015 indicated to treat the left hip wound by applying skin prep to the peri wound, soak Kerlix in [a named medication at a specific dosage, along with] 0.5% Dakins solution (an antibacterial solution) gently pack the wound, then cover with foam adhesive every shift.” However, reviewing the nurse’s notes, the state surveyor noted that the nurse on duty “redressed [the resident’s] wound, but was unable to pack the wound with the [prescribed medication] and Dakins solution because there was no solution available.” In addition to the negligent treatment, the physician was not notified that the prescribed medication was not available at the facility. In addition, no efforts were made for assistance from the nurse management team to obtain the needed medication.

Riverbend Health Care Center
7519 Winchester Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46819
(260) 747-7435

A “For-Profit” 66-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Maintain Adequate Staffing to Ensure the Safety and Well-Being of All Residents in the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 9/25/15, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure nursing staff provided the necessary care and services to meet the needs of the residents who resided in the building.” This failure “have potential to affect 28 of 28 residents residing the facility.” The complaint investigation was opened after observations of a resident “walking down the East Hall in a hospital gown (with the back open), and incontinence brief and bare feet toward the nurse’s station. The bed alarm was heard sounding in the hallway. [The resident] grabbed a surveyor’s arm with a tight grip and another surveyor’s hand. The bed alarm continued to sound, no staff were visible or able to be located in any of the hallways. After 10 minutes, two staff appeared from the hall and assisted [the resident]. The two staff from the West Hall were not able to be located during the entire time the alarm was sounding. Upon observation immediately after the incident, it was indicated that “the West Hall nurse left the building. Third shift nurse was not observed to have arrived, leaving only one nurse in the building.”

Signature Healthcare of Fort Wayne
6006 Brandy Chase Cove
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 486-3001

A “For-Profit” 66-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Maintain Safe Conditions in the Kitchen and Serve Unexpired Food Products

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/19/15, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure foods were stored in the pantry and kitchen area to meet sanitary conditions. The facility further failed to ensure the food preparation areas were free of dust and food hazards.” This failure had “potential to affect 71 of 75 residents residing in the facility.” This complaint investigation was opened in part due to an observation made at the facility noting that emergency food supplies were expired.

Woodview A Waters Community
3420 E. State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-3120

A “For-Profit” 118-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocol to Ensure the Resident’s Written Care Plan Is Followed As Ordered

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 8/25/15, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to follow physician’s orders for medication administration for [2 residents].” This is in response to a review of a resident’s July 2015 Treatment Record that were missing initials or any other further documentation indicating that prescribed treatment had been completed. Additionally, “A review of the physician’s orders did not indicate the treatment had been discontinued until 7/27/2015.” Upon interview, and LPN (licensed practical nurse) “indicated the treatment would have been initialed on the [treatment record] if completed.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Mistreatment, Abuse and Neglect

To ensure that every resident in a nursing facility remains safe, the nursing staff must follow strict safety and medical standards, protocols and practices to prevent serious health complications. To do that requires a facility willing to hire adequately skilled doctors, nurses and nursing assistants and provide necessary training to ensure that every resident is properly fed, hydrated and given all prescription medication as ordered by their doctor. In addition, certified nursing assistants must be properly trained to meet the hygiene needs of all residents at the nursing home.

Without making specific improvements to the medical, hygiene and physical care nursing facilities provide the aging population, mistreatment and neglect will likely continue in the years ahead.

Unfortunately, many nursing home residents die prematurely or suffer preventable medical conditions that are caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff. Other residents are victimized through the mistreatment or abuse by the staff, visitors and other residents in the home.

The common symptoms and signs of mistreatment, neglect and abuse are not always recognizable to family members and friends. Some of these can include:

  • Untreated pressure sores (pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers; bedsores) that developed prior to admittance to the home or while residing at the facility
  • Inadequate and unacceptable standards of quality medical care
  • Medical conditions brought on by malnutrition and dehydration
  • Preventable injuries and accidental falls
  • Lack of necessary sanitation and hygiene
  • Failing to follow infection protocols to avoid the spread of infection and contamination throughout the facility

If you, or your loved one, have any type of mistreatment, neglect or abuse while residing at a Fort Wayne nursing facility, or any other nursing home in Indiana, Nursing Home Law Center LLC can help. Our team of dedicated Fort Wayne, Indiana nursing home abuse attorneys can take immediate legal steps to ensure your health, well-being and rights are fully protected. Working on your behalf, our lawyers can file a lawsuit or claim for compensation to ensure you receive adequate financial recompense to cover your medical bills, damages, pain and suffering.

We urge you to make contact with our law offices today by calling (800) 926-7565 to schedule your no obligation, free initial full case review. We handle all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice claims and nursing home abuse cases on a contingency free agreement. This means you receive all of our legal representation, advice and counsel without the need of paying us a retainer or upfront fees. All of our services are paid only after we went your case at trial or negotiate your out of court settlement.

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