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Some statistics show that more than one million Americans currently live in nursing homes. Many of these patients are our mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, children, and friends. Families often relocate their loved one into a nursing home, believing that they will receive the best care and improve the quality of life in a safe environment.
Unfortunately, mistreatment and unexpected deaths still occur in many nursing homes, including those in Lauderdale County. If your loved one was injured or died prematurely while residing in a nursing home, contact the Alabama Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Let our abuse prevention network of attorneys work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive monetary compensation for your damages.Glenwood Center Nursing Home
This facility is a 125-certified bed "for profit" long-term care home providing services and cares to residents of Florence and Lauderdale County, Alabama. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating center is located at:
211 Ana Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630
Glenwood Center Nursing Home
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Glenwood Center Nursing Home offers other services. Additional focused care includes long-term care, palliative care, dementia care, psychiatric services, IV (intravenous) therapy, orthopedic rehab, respite care, short stay care, and restorative care involving physical, speech and occupational therapies.Financial Penalties and Violations
The federal government and the state of Alabama are authorized to penalize any nursing home with monetary fines or deny payment for Medicare services when the facility has been cited for serious violations of rules and regulations.
Additional information about this nursing home can be found on the Alabama Public Health Nursing Home Provider Standards Website.
Our attorneys obtain and review data on every Alabama long-term care home from various online publically available sources, including the Department of Public Health website and Medicare.gov.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of two out of five stars, including two 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 Report and Investigate Any Act or Reports of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents – citation #F225 date October 20, 2016
The state investigators determined “the facility failed to ensure [one resident’s] allegation of physical abuse was reported to the State Agency within twenty-four hours” as required by law. A review of the facility’s policy titled: Abuse Prohibition – State of Alabama reads in part “immediately, not to exceed twenty-four hours, notify the Department of Health using the Alabama Online Reporting System” when physical abuse involving hitting, slapping, pinching, kicking, etc. occurs.
A review of the facility’s Grievance Log including The Grievance Concern Form related to an allegation was voiced by a resident. The documentation states that “girls are throwing [the resident] around and causing bruises.” The resident reported this concern to a Speech Language Pathologist that was signed by the Administrator and Director of Nursing.
During the entrance conference over the investigation, the surveyor “requested all abuse investigations since the facility’s last survey. The facility provided eight files.” However, there was no information related to the resident’s allegation that had occurred on March 15, 2016.
The survey team interviewed the Director of Nursing who was provided a copy of the grievance form documented by the resident “detailing the allegation.” The Director stated that “she went to the resident’s room to talk about the concern and the resident stated that ‘girls come in here [the resident’s room] and jump on me and throw me around.’”
The Director of Nursing verified that “allegations of physical abuse should be reported.” The Director explained that “an allegation of physical abuse would be when someone reports they were physically injured.” The surveyors asked the Director if the resident “had alleged physical injury.” The Director stated that “the resident said she/he had bruises. However, [the Director] stated she did not feel [the resident’s] allegation was an allegation of abuse, so she had not reported it.”
The facility Administrator and Abuse Coordinator stated during an interview that “an allegation of physical abuse should be reported to the State Agency [and define] an allegation of abuse is a case where family or patient or staff think there has been intent to physically harm someone.” The Administrator also verified that “allegations of physical abuse should be reported to the State Agency within twenty-four hours” as required by law.
When the investigators asked the Administrator if throwing a resident around and causing bruises would be an allegation of abuse, the Administrator stated: “they determined the allegation did not need to be reported.”
Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment while living at Glenwood Center Nursing Home? Contact the Alabama nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Lauderdale County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Florence.
We do not charge for case evaluations and consultations. Also, we provide a 100% “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This promise means we will postpone all of your payments for legal services until after we have secured a financial recovery on your behalf.Sources