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Hopkins Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Mistreating senior citizens living in nursing homes is unacceptable, reprehensible, and disgraceful. In many incidents, families have no other option than to entrust the care and services their loved one requires to the nursing home staff and put their full faith and knowing that they will receive the best care in a safe, compassionate environment. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse happen all too often and typically scar the victim with physical, mental, and emotional injuries.
If your loved one was mistreated while residing in a Warren County nursing facility, contact the Kentucky Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Our team of lawyers has successfully resolve cases just like yours and we can help your family too. Let us use the law to ensure that those responsible for causing the harm are held legally accountable. We can begin working on your case to ensure your family receives adequate financial compensation for your damages.
This facility is a 50-certified bed "for profit" long term care home providing services and cares to residents of Woodburn and Warren County, Kentucky. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating long-term care (LTC) center is located at:
460 South College Street
Woodburn, Kentucky, 42170
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Hopkins Center provides other services and amenities that include:
- Long-term care
- IV (intravenous) therapy
- Dementia care
- Wound care
- Occupational, speech and physical therapies
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Palliative care
- Respite care
- Colostomy care
- Pain management
- Heparin therapy
- Medication management
- Psychiatric services
- Private and semi-private rooms
Financial Penalties and Violations
The investigators for the state of Kentucky and federal nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal responsibility of penalizing any facility that has violated regulations that harmed or could have harmed a resident. These penalties often include monetary fines and denying payment of Medicare services. Typically, the higher the penalty, the more egregious the problem.
Within the last three years, Hopkins Center receive three formally filed complaints that all resulted in citations. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Kentucky Department of Health Care Nursing Home Reporting Website concerning this nursing facility.
Woodburn Kentucky Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of Kentucky and the federal government regularly updates its long-term care home database system. This system details a comprehensive list of all violations. The search results can be found on numerous online sites including Medicare.gov and the KY 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, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Warren County neglect attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Hopkins Center that include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident’s Doctor or Family Members of a Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program
- Failure to Provide Rooms That Are At Least 80 Square Feet per Resident and Multiple Rooms and 100 Square Feet for Single Resident Rooms
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 2, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility’s failure to “immediately notify [a] resident’s representative of a scheduled appointment.” The facility “made a Dermatologist appointment for [a resident]. However, the staff failed to notify the resident’s responsible party of the appointment so the responsible party could accompany the resident to the appointment on March 30, 2017.”
The incident involved a review of a resident’s Quarterly MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment and Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) that indicated that the severely, cognitively impaired resident “was not interview-able.”
A review of the resident’s record revealed the resident “had a dermatology appointment on March 30, 2017. However, an interview [with the resident’s] responsible party on May 31, 2017, revealed that “he was not notified of [the resident’s] dermatology appointment that was on March 30, 2017, until after the appointment.”
The resident’s representative stated “he was upset that he was not notified due to [the fact that] he goes to all of [the resident’s] appointments and he wants to be a part of all appointments. He stated that [the resident] is confusing, [and cannot] speak for himself and it would not be appropriate for this resident to go to an appointment by himself.”
The survey team interviewed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who revealed that the former Director of Nursing “had made a follow-up dermatology appointment for [the resident] related to a continual skin condition. She stated the former Director of Nursing obtained the order and set the appointment up, and she figured the former Director of Nursing would … have notified the family of the appointment since the former Director of Nursing, in fact, did the appointment set up.”
The LPN said that after the resident had gone “to the appointment and the family was upset about not knowing it had a time, the former Director of Nursing had stated she thought [the LPN] set the appointment up. She stated families or responsible parties are supposed to be notified with any new orders for resident appointments.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 2, 2017, the state investigative team documented that the facility had failed to ensure one resident “received the necessary treatment and services consistent with professional standards of practice to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new ulcers from developing.”
The surveyors observed a resident on May 30, 2017, when the facility “failed to turn and reposition [the resident] every two hours per facility protocol. On May 19, 2017, [the resident] was identified to have a Stage II pressure ulcer on the left buttock.”
As a part of the investigation, the surveyors reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Skin Integrity Management dated July 1, 2000, and one that reads in part:
“The implementation of an individual resident’s skin integrity management occurs within the care delivery process. Staff contained in a observes and monitors residents for changes and implement revisions to the Plan of Care as needed.”
“The purpose is to provide safe and effective care to prevent the occurrence of pressure ulcers, manage treatment, and promote healing of all wounds. Practice standards include [performing] skin inspection on admission, re-admission, and weekly. Document on Treatment Administration Record or in Point Click Care.”
“Perform wound observations and measurements and complete Skin Integrity Report upon initial identification of altered skin integrity, weekly and with an anticipated decline of the wound.”
The incident involved a review of a resident’s medical records, MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment, and Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) that indicated the resident “was interview-able. Further review of the MDS revealed the resident requires extensive assistance with two staff members for bed mobility.”
A review of the resident’s Comprehensive Care Plan along with the Certified Nursing Aide Care Plans reveal “to provide extensive assist of two people for bed mobility.”
The resident’s Skin Inspection revealed that the resident “had moisture associated skin damage to the right buttock that was identified with no measurements noted.” There were Physician’s orders on how to treat the peri-wound including changing the dressing every three days or as needed “for leakage [and] dislodgment.”
The surveyors observed the resident from 11:45 AM to 12:50 PM on May 30, 2017, and again in the afternoon from 1:45 PM to 2:50 PM, and lastly from 3:20 PM to 3:45 PM. During that time, the resident “was on his back, and no staff entered the resident’s room to turn and reposition the resident in bed per the care plan.”
The surveyors interviewed the Director of Nursing who revealed “expected no residents admitted to the facility would develop a pressure ulcer if avoidable. She stated she expected staff to turn and reposition the residents per the Comprehensive Care Plan and Certified Nursing Care Plan to help prevent any new breakdown on the resident’s skin. She also revealed she expects any new or worsening wounds to be reflected in the resident’s skin assessment.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 2, 2017, a state investigator noted the nursing home's failure to “help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections for one of eleven sampled residents.” The surveyors observed the resident “receiving wound care and a skin assessment on May 31, 2017.”
During observation, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “touched her nose and pushed up her glasses several times while applying medication to the resident’s buttocks and failed to wash her hands and change close after the skin assessment. [Also], she placed wound measuring supplies on to dirty bed linens without using a barrier.”
The same LPN was observed doing a medication administration pass while wiping “her nose.” During that time, the LPN “pushed her eyeglasses up on several occasions and did not wash her hands afterward; and, [the LPN] opened a capsule with her bare hands [before] administering the medication to the resident.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 21, 2018, the state investigators documented that the nursing facility “failed to ensure two of twenty-seven rooms measured at least 80 feet per resident in multiple resident bedrooms and 100 square feet in single resident rooms.”
The state investigators interviewed the Maintenance Director who revealed “he was made aware the rooms were below federal requirements by the Regional Property Manager.” During that interview, the Maintenance Director revealed that “the facility will apply for a waiver.” The Administrator stated that “the facility does not have a waiver for the rooms that do not meet federal requirements. She stated the facility will apply for a waiver to accommodate the deficient space.”
Were You Injured or Harmed While a Resident at Hopkins Center? We Can Help
Do you suspect that your loved one has signs or symptoms of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while at Hopkins Center? If so, contact the Kentucky nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 now for immediate legal intervention. Our network of attorneys fights aggressively on behalf of Warren County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Woodburn. Contact us now to schedule a free case review to discuss how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim.
Our attorneys represent clients who have been harmed through nursing home abuse by nursing staff and caregivers. The attorneys accept all personal injury claims, nursing home abuse suits, medical malpractice cases, and wrongful death lawsuits through a contingency fee arrangement. This agreement postpones the need to pay for legal services until after we have resolved your case through a negotiated out of court settlement or jury trial award.
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