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Golden Living Center - Merrillville Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
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Golden Living Center - Merrillville
This long-term care center is a 164-certified bed "for profit" home providing services to residents of Merrillville and Lake County, Indiana. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
8800 Virginia Place
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
Golden Living Center - Merrillville
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Golden Living Center - Merrillville offers other services. Additional focused care includes Alzheimer’s/dementia care, palliative care, hospice, cardiac services, pharmacy services, and rehabilitative care including physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
Both the federal government and the state of Indiana have the legal responsibility to levy monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare if a nursing home has violated established rules and regulations that harm or could have harmed residents.
During this time, Medicare denied payment on August 22, 2018, due to a lack of quality care. The nursing home also received forty-two complaints over the last three years that resulted in a violation citation. Additional information about this nursing home can be found on the Indiana Nursing Home Report Cards Website.
Merrillville Indiana Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The federal government and Indiana 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, two out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies and Procedures That Prevent Abuse, Neglect, and Mistreatment – citation date October 29, 2018
- Failure to Provide Appropriate Pressure Ulcer Care Prevent New Ulcers from Developing – citation #F686 date September 28, 2018
The nursing home “failed to implement their policy on abuse, which includes injury of an unknown source, related to not investigating an injury of unknown source timely.” During an observation, a resident was seen “lying in bed with a purple bruise under the left side in the cheekbone area.”
The surveyors interviewed the Administrator who indicated “the bruise was not reported because of the cause was [likely] the oxygen tubing, so it was not an unknown cause.”
According to state surveyors, “the facility failed to ensure a resident with pressure sores receive necessary treatment and services to promote healing.” This failure “related to treatment and interventions for healing/prevention of pressure sores not completed as ordered, with a pressure sore measurements worsening and assessed as deteriorated for Stage III an unstageable deep tissue injury by the Wound Care Specialist.”
The state surveyors observed a family member of a resident on September 24, 2018, at 6:14 PM. The family member had entered the hallway of the resident’s room and informed in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) that “the resident had a bowel movement and needed care.” The LPN “informed the family member someone would be right there to provide care.”
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “entered the room to assist with the supper meal. The family member indicated the resident needed care due to incontinence of stool.” The CNA “informed the family member it was supper time and was unable to provide incontinence care at this time.”
The CNA “went to the back of the headboard on the bed and slid the resident up to the head of the bed with a draw sheet, sliding the resident on the bottom sheet of the bed, then sat at the bedside and assisted the resident with the supper meal.” At 6:58 PM, the CNA re-entered the resident’s room and provided incontinence care.
The surveyors noted loose dressing on the resident’s left heel that was not covering a pressure area that had “dried blood he drainage noted on the pillow under the heals.” At 9:20 PM that night, the “unit manager was in the room and indicated there was no dressing on the left heel or the left issue him in both areas should have a dressing” and that the resident should always be wearing Prevalon Boots.
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