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Home of the Innocents Health Care Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Do you suspect that your young loved one is being mistreated, abused, or neglected while residing in a Jefferson County Health Care Center? If so, it is essential to contact the Kentucky Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Our team of lawyers has handled cases just like yours and can help your family too.
We will use our courtroom experience and comprehensive understanding of Kentucky tort law to ensure your family will be adequately compensated for your damages. We will use criminal law to ensure that those who responsible for causing the harm will be held legally accountable. Let us begin working on your case today to ensure justice is served.Home of the Innocents Health Care Center
This nursing home is a "not for profit" center providing cares and services to residents of Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating 76-certified bed nursing facility is located at:
1100 East Market Street
Louisville, Kentucky, 40206
Home of the Innocents Health Care Center
In addition to providing 24/7 care, Home of the Innocents provides other services including:
- Around-the-clock primary care
- Respite care
- Therapy programs
- Ventilator support
- Emergency shelter
- Residential treatments including one on one therapy
- Field trips
The state and federal investigators have the legal authority to penalize any facility that has been cited for a serious violation that harmed or could have harmed in nursing center resident. Typically, these penalties include imposed monetary fines and denial of payment for Medicare services.
Within the last three years, nursing home regulators imposed a monetary fine for $13,627 against Home of the Innocents Health Care Center citing substandard care. Also, the facility self-reported one issue that resulted in a citation. Additional information about penalties can be found on the Kentucky Department of Health Care Nursing Home Reporting Website.Louisville Kentucky Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Information on every intermediate and long-term care home in the state can be reviewed on government-owned and operated database websites including Medicare.gov and the Kentucky Department of Public Health website.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Jefferson County neglect attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Home of the Innocents Health Care Center that include:
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Including Physical, Mental, Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment and Neglect by Anybody
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies and Procedures That Prevent Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 2018, the state investigative team noted that the nursing home “failed to have an effective system to protect one resident from abuse. Record review and staff interviews revealed that the facility was aware of [the resident’s] sexually acting up behaviors at the facility and the school.”
Per the staff interviews, “staff was to have close supervision of [the resident] while on the unit and one-to-one supervision when off the unit. However, [the allegedly sexually active resident and another resident] were in the unit’s activity area without staff supervision. Interview and review of the facility security video revealed that on December 10, 2017, [the allegedly sexually active resident pulled another resident’s] pants and briefs down and put his/her hand down [the second resident’s] pants and put his/her face into [that resident’s] genital area.”
When this occurred, the second resident “was unable to call out for assistance. Per the interview with the Director of Nursing, the facility had not assigned supervision for the activity area of the unit where [the allegedly a sexually active resident and the second resident] were stationed.”
The survey team stated the “facility’s failure to have an effective system in place to ensure each resident remained free of abuse that is likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment or death. An Immediate Jeopardy was identified on January 26, 2018, and it was determined to exist on December 10, 2017.”
In response, the facility provided an acceptable Allegation of Compliance on February 9, 2018, “alleging removal of the Immediate Jeopardy on February 5, 2018. The State Survey Agency validated the Immediate Jeopardy was removed on February 5, 2018, [before] exit on February 9, 2018. The scope and severity were lowered to a ‘D’ while the facility develops and implements a plan of correction to monitor the effectiveness of the systemic changes.”
The surveyors also reviewed the resident’s Nurse’s Notes dated May 22, 2017, that revealed that the resident “was masturbating in a common area of the unit. The CNA instructed [the resident] the behavior was not allowed in a public area of the unit and should be done in the privacy of his/her room.” That resident “verbalized understanding of the instruction.”
A review of a subsequent resident’s nursing note dated June 11, 2017 “revealed by visiting another unit in the facility, [the resident] pulled up his/her shirt and shook his/her chest toward a female resident. Staff redirected [the sexually aggressive resident] and sent him back to the assigned unit with notification of the supervisor.” A third nursing note dated July 3, 2018, at 5:00 PM revealed the resident “express to another resident [that] he/she loved them while on the facility phone.”
The survey team interviewed the Social Services Manager who revealed that the resident “had Internet privileges taken away at the facility and the school [before] the school incident… because [the resident] had viewed pornographic videos.”
A Nursing Supervisor stated that “staff and the administration had previous knowledge of [the resident’s] behaviors before the school incident, including masturbating in public areas of the unit. She stated staff redirected [the resident] to go to the privacy of his/her room. According to the supervisor, the supervisors and administration had discussed [the resident’s] behaviors, which included the school incident.”
The Nurse Supervisor “stated she had no concerns for the other residents on the unit [regarding that resident’s] behaviors. She stated the facility did not meet to discuss interventions to put into place within the facility after the school incident [except] close monitoring, and the staff is accompanying the resident outside of the unit. She stated the facility did not think what happened in the school would happen in the facility.”
An interview with another Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) revealed that “the facility and staff are to closely monitor [the sexually active resident] and keep the resident in eyesight at all times because of the incident at the school on October 26, 2017.” The LPN stated that “staff was unable to care for [the resident] adequately concerning mental health needs.”
“The LPN stated that “residents who were abused could be emotionally and physically scarred for life [stating that] the facility was responsible for the safety of the residents.” Another LPN revealed that the resident “also touched staff inappropriately and the facility knew about the behaviors.” That LPN stated that “the facility had group discussions with supervisors present concerning the safety of other residents, and [the sexually active resident] after the incident at school and the facility told staff that the facility was working on the discharge of [the resident].”
That LPN stated that “the facility instructs the staff to monitor [the resident] closely to protect other residents on the unit. However, she stated staff could not monitor residents who were mobile because staff had responsibilities to other residents who were not mobile and dependent on care.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 9, 2018, the state survey team noted that the facility had “failed to have an effective system to ensure policies and procedures were implemented to prevent abuse of a resident.”
The state survey team said that “staff interviews and record reviews revealed the facility was aware of [a sexually active resident’s] sexual behaviors at the facility and school but failed to ensure [that that resident] was closely supervised. On December 10, 2017, [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) observed the resident] with his/her hand and [another resident’s] pants in the community area of the unit. Per the facility’s own investigation, the staff delayed reporting the abuse to the supervisor, which caused a delay in reporting to administration.”
“However, the facility failed to conduct in-servicing of staff after the incident on December 10, 2017. Also, the facility failed to identify the root cause of the abuse investigation.”
The surveyor said that “the facility’s failure to have an effective system in place to ensure the facility’s abuse policy was implemented has caused or likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment, or death. Immediate Jeopardy was identified on January 26, 2018, and it was determined to exist on December 10, 2017.”
The investigators interviewed the Director of Nursing who revealed that “staff delayed reporting the incident on December 10, 2017, to the supervisor [stating that the resident] was allowed to return to the activity on the unit on December 10, 2017, after the incident occurred and not with one-on-one staff.” The Director also said that the other resident “was not moved to safety. Also, per interview, the facility did not inform all staff of the December 10, 2017 incident because the facility wanted to keep the incident low-key for the benefit [of the sexually active resident].”
The Director of Nursing revealed that “the facility did not determine the root cause of the abuse incident on December 10, 2017. She stated the facility discussed the incident, prior issues, reviewed Nurse’s Notes, and look for triggers, but the facility did not identify any noted concerns.”
The Director also stated that “the facility did not identify what could have been put into place to prevent abuse because the facility did not feel [that the sexually active resident] was at risk for abuse of behavior.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 7, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “ensure residents were free from accident hazards as evidenced by water temperatures exceeding 110°F in 45 resident cottages.” The state investigators reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Environment of Care; Water Temperatures Checked that reads in part:
“Maintenance personnel are to check water temperatures at the main boiler and three other sites weekly to ensure temperatures are maintained between 100° and 110°F.”
State surveyors observed the water temperatures in the Sunshine Cottage on July 5, 2017, at 10:00 AM. At that time, Room B6 “had a water temperature of 116°F, and the resident room B2’s water temperature was 114°F. The nourishment room’s water temperature measured 116°F.”
The state surveyors also observed water temperatures in the Ocean Cottage that were higher than the acceptable temperature. As a part of the investigation, the survey team interviewed the Maintenance Assistant who revealed that “he measured water temperatures every Monday and each of the cottages’ shower/tub rooms but did not measure water temperatures at the sinks in the resident rooms.”
Do you suspect that your loved one was injured or harmed while living at Home of the Innocents Health Care Center? If so, contact the Kentucky nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. Our network of attorneys fights aggressively on behalf of Jefferson County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Louisville. Contact us now to schedule a free case review to discuss how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim.
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