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Hosanna Health and Rehabilitation of Piedmont Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
South Carolina remains one of the most popular retirement destinations in America. For many senior citizens, receiving care in a nursing facility is a crucial component to choosing where they live and maintaining their health in their later years. In many cases, family members must place their elderly loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive the best-skilled nursing care and hygiene assistance when their time arrives. Unfortunately, many of these elderly seniors are victimized by their caregivers through abuse, neglect, and mistreatment in nursing homes, assisted living centers and rehabilitation facilities. If your loved one has been injured or harmed by caregivers, it is essential to speak with an attorney who can explain your rights and show you how to seek and obtain justice. The South Carolina Nursing Home Law Center attorneys have represented hundreds of families throughout the Greenville-Anderson-Maudlin metropolitan area and can help your family too.Hosanna Health and Rehabilitation of Piedmont (Southern Oaks Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center)
This Nursing Facility is a Medicare/Medicaid-approved 88-certified-bed Center providing services to residents of Piedmont and Anderson and Greenville counties, South Carolina. The corporate 'for profit' Home is located at:
109 Bentz Rd.
Piedmont, SC 29673
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the Health and Rehabilitation Center also offers:
- Skills and ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) training
- Cardiac care
- Cancer care
- Pain management
- Pulmonary care
- Palliative/hospice care
- Diabetes management
- Neurological disorder care including post-stroke rehab
- Post-surgical care
- Transitional care
- Bariatric care
- Wound care
- Orthopedic care
- Chronic tracheostomy care
- IV (intravenous) therapy
- Dimension Alzheimer's care
The federal government and surveyors and South Carolina have a legal duty to monitor every nursing facility and impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare when investigators identify violations of established nursing home regulations and rules. In serious cases, the nursing facility will receive heavy monetary penalties if investigators find the violations are severe and harmed or could have harmed a resident. Over the last three years, investigators have fined this facility $200,000 on December 14, 2016. Additional information about fines and penalties can be found on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website concerning Hosanna Health and Rehabilitation of Piedmont.Piedmont South Carolina Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of South Carolina routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this information to determine where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance.
Currently, Hosanna Health and Rehabilitation of Piedmont (Southern Oaks Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center) maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This rating includes one of five stars for health inspection problems, three of five stars for staffing, and two of five stars for quality measures issues. The Anderson and Greenville counties nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have located various safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Write and Use Policies and Forbid Mistreatment, Neglect, and Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiency dated December 14, 2016, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to implement written policies and procedures that prohibit neglect of residents." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident who "sustained a fracture when [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] transferred the resident with the wrong lift and without the assistance of a second staff member… and [a second resident] who sustained a laceration when a CNA transferred the resident with the wrong sling lift and without the assistance of a second staff member."
A third resident "complained of pain and discomfort" noted by the staff for several days before medical intervention. A fourth resident complained of "chest pain and respiratory difficulty without intervention and was found unresponsive." It was noted that a Licensed Practical Nurse "did not administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] per the resident's advance directive. Three of the five residents reviewed for accidents and one of two residents were reviewed for death."
- 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
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 4, 2018, the state investigator documented the facility's failure to "ensure that the family/responsible party of residents with changes in their condition that required hospitalization were notified timely." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident who "was sent to the emergency room… and the family/responsible party were not notified timely."
The state investigator reviewed the resident's Electronic Medical Record dated November 11, 2017, indicating that the resident "was found on the floor by the bed and noted drooling heavily with an elevated pulse. The nursing Incident Note further indicated the resident's right hip, and foot appeared to be disfigured, and a verbal order was received to send the resident to the hospital due to a history of stroke." However, the state investigator noted that there "was no documentation in the electronic medical records to indicate the family/responsible party had been notified timely."
The survey team interviewed the facility Director of Nursing in January 2018 who confirmed: "there was nothing in the electronic record to indicate the family was notified timely." The Director did provide an electronic note saying that the family/responsible party "was aware of [the resident's] November 11, 2017 emergency hospital visit." However, the note "did not indicate when the responsible party was notified." The investigator interviewed the facility Administrator who said that "the facility did not have a policy that addressed when family/responsible parties would be notified of a resident's emergency hospital visit. The facility did have a policy dated May 28, 2013, that indicate the family would be notified."
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated December 14, 2016, the state investigators documented a facility's failure to "immediately inform the resident's physician when there was a significant change in the resident's physical status." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a resident who "was noted to have swelling [and] increased pain in [their] right arm."
The state investigator reviewed the facility files that revealed a second "resident's physician was not notified timely related to the resident's change in condition." The resident "was noted to have a respiratory difficulty… with no documented intervention [promptly]." A third resident "was noted to have a decline in condition. However, "the resident's physician was not notified of the resident's change in condition.
- Failure to Ensure the Services Provided by the Nursing Staff Meet Professional Standards of Quality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 14, 2016, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to "provide services that met professional standards of quality." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two residents who "were injured during an incorrect transfer by Certified Nursing Assistants" and another three residents who "had a change in condition required medical intervention that was not addressed timely resulting in harm."
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision to Avoid Preventable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 14, 2016, the state investigator documented the facility had failed to "provide supervision of staff to prevent inappropriate transfers which resulted in major injury for [two residents] reviewed for accidents with injury."
- Failure to Provide Medically-related Social Services to Assist Every Resident in Achieving the Highest Possible Quality of Life
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 15, 2018, a state investigator documented that the facility had "failed to provide social services for [one resident with] antidepressant medications, [antibiotic] and behaviors had no social services documentation of medically-related social services." The facility therapy notes revealed that the resident is "argumentative and emotionally liable with encouragement and education on simulated home assessment paperwork." However, when the investigator further reviewed the resident's medical records, it was revealed that "there was no social service documentation in the medical record to address the resident psychoactive medications or documented behaviors.
- Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to Residents to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal in a
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 14, 2016, the state surveyor documented that the facility had "failed to provide pressure ulcer treatments as ordered for [a resident] reviewed for pressure ulcers. Additionally, the state investigator noted that the "facility failed to assess, or accurately assess, the resident's skin for the additional breakdown." On May 5, 2016, as an assessment revealed that a "new area [wound] was found to the left heel." The documentation shows that it is a Stage II blister pressure sore. However, "no additional skin audits after May 5, 2016, could be located in the record, and no additional information was provided by the facility."
The state investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nursing on the morning at October 26, 2016, who confirmed "there was no order written changing the treatment to the left heel pressure from a skin prep to TheraHoney" by physician's orders. The Director also stated that "the weekly wound documentation shows the treatment was changed in the physician and responsible party [was] notified on May 19, 2016, that the treatment was changed but also confirmed the treatment was actually changed on May 17, 2016, according to the Treatment Administration Record."
- Failure to Provide Necessary Care and Services to Residents to Ensure They Maintain Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 14, 2016, the state surveyor documented the facility's failure "to provide the necessary care and services to attain and maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being." The deficient practice involved a resident who "was noted to have swelling increased pain and [their] right arm."
The state investigator reviewed the facility files that revealed: "the resident's physician was not notified timely related to the resident's change in condition staff did not timely intervene when notified."
- Failure to Provide Residents a Safe and Appropriate Respiratory Care When Needed
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 4, 2018, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to provide filters to [a resident's] oxygen concentrator." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident who was reviewed "with oxygen therapy. In addition, the facility failed to provide oxygen therapy as ordered by the physician."
The investigator observed a resident in bed on January 2, 2018, at 10:49 AM while "receiving oxygen from an oxygen concentrator. The concentrator was set to deliver oxygen at 2 L per minute. In addition, the concentrator had compartments for two filters. One compartment had a filter in place with dust build up to the filter. The compartment for the second filter did not have a filter in place and had a buildup of dust to the compartment." An observation was made of the resident eating lunch in bed the next day on January 3, 2018, at 12:30 PM. "The concentrator was set at 2 L per minute and was missing one of two filters."
The state surveying team interviewed and observed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) providing the resident care who "confirmed the concentrator was missing a filter and confirmed the dust build up to the filter present and the compartment missing the filter." The LPN also confirmed that the "concentrator was set at 2 L per minute and the physician's orders [were different before setting] the concentrator to 1 L per minute."
- Failure to Follow Gradual Dose Reduction and Non-Pharmacological Intervention Protocols When Administering Psychotropic Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 4, 2018, the state investigator documented the facility's failure to ensure that one resident "reviewed for unnecessary medication was not on PRN (as needed) [for their medications] for over 14 days." The resident is receiving antianxiety medication three times a day. The investigator reviewed the resident's MAR (Medical Administration Record) on January 3, 2017, that confirmed the resident was taking antianxiety medication as needed almost daily "and was still on PRN [medications]."
When the investigator reviewed the Pharmacy Consult Report, it was revealed that "the pharmacist recommended discontinuing [the antianxiety medication as needed] or changing to a routine dosing. The physician accepted the recommendation and discontinued the PRN [anti-anxiety drugs]. The survey team interviewed the facility Director of Nursing who revealed that "the resident was still on the medication because the facility disagreed with the physician's assessment and healthy order to discontinue for the nurse practitioner to review." The Director "revealed the physician reviewed the pharmacist recommendation on December 22, 2017. A review of the facility's policy regarding as needed antianxiety medication use revealed that:
"Resident who was taking PRN [antianxiety medications] will have his or her prescription reviewed by a physician or prescribing practitioner every 14 days and also by a pharmacist every month."
Was your loved one was injured, mistreated, abused, or died unexpectedly from neglect while living in a nursing home in South Carolina? If so, we encourage you to contact the Piedmont nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 today to schedule a free case review to discuss a financial compensation claim to recover your damages. Your family can seek financial compensation to recover all your damages including medical expenses and hospitalization costs while ensuring that the abusive party faces legal severe consequences for their unacceptable actions. Let our lawyers begin working on your case today to protect your rights and ensure you receive adequate monetary compensation.
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