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Kern Valley Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility
Lawyers for Neglected & Injured at Kern Valley Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility
Mistreatment, abuse, and neglect in nursing facilities are often the result of the nursing staff or other caregivers not providing the resident care according to established standards of quality. Their inappropriate behavior often leads to harm, injury, or wrongful death. In other incidents, the victim is assaulted by other residents.
If your loved one was harmed while living in a Kern County nursing facility, contact the California Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Let our team of abuse prevention lawyers handle your case to ensure you receive monetary compensation. We will use the law to hold those responsible for causing the harm legally accountable.
Kern Valley Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility
This long-term care center is a 74-certified bed "Hospital District government-owned" home providing services to residents of Lake Isabella and Kern County, California. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
6412 Laurel Ave Lake Isabella, California 93240 (760) 379-2681 Kern Valley Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Kern Valley Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-term and long term care, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
The federal government, through nursing home regulatory agencies, can impose fines or deny payment for Medicare services for any nursing facility with severe violations of rules and regulations. Typically, hefty fines are levied against the nursing home when the most egregious violations have occurred that harmed or could harm a resident.
Medicare has cited this facility for abuse. Medicare says that “every nursing home resident deserves to retain their basic human dignity and be treated with respect at all times. Abuse and neglect are never acceptable.” Nursing homes “cited for abuse are required to take steps to protect their residents.”
This nursing facility received nine complaints and self-reported fifteen serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the comprehensive California Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services Website.
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Lake Isabella California Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of California and the federal government regularly updates its long-term care home database system with complete details of all deficiencies, citations, and violations.
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.
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies and Procedures That Prevent Abuse, Neglect, and Mistreatment – citation #F607 date July 16, 2019
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Including Physical and Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – citation #F600 date October 31, 2018
The state investigators determined that the nursing home “failed to ensure staff implemented their policy of reporting abuse, or suspected abuse, in a timely manner. This failure had the potential to place all residents in the facility at risk for abuse.”
A review of the documents sent to the Department by the facility on March 24, 2019, indicated that someone had witnessed a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “verbally abusing an elderly resident by repeating what the resident had said in an obvious mocking tone.” The witness had “noticed the resident’s distress after the interaction. The document indicated the reporting party was a Dietary Aide.”
The surveyors interviewed the Dietary Aide, who stated that “he witnessed the above incident with the CNA speaking to [the resident] in a mocking tone, causing her distress, on May 16, 2019.” The Dietary Aide stated he waited three days “for the supervisor to return from being off work before reporting the incident.”
An interview with the Nutritional Supervisor indicated that “the Dietary Aide reported the allegation of abuse to her on May 22, 2019, [saying that] she told the Dietary Aide it was abuse and reported it to the Director of Nursing.”
The “facility failed to protect [seven residents] from inappropriate verbal language. This had the potential to negatively impact the resident’s emotional and psychosocial well-being.” A written statement by the Director of Nursing indicated that a Licensed Vocational Nurse began yelling out at a resident “because [the nurse] was upset about being here.” The nurse “yelled at the resident and told him to ‘bring it on, big man.’”
The Director of Nursing informed security that the Licensed Vocational Nurse had left and was not allowed back in the building.
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Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment while residing at Kern Valley Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility? Contact the California nursing home abuse prevention lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Kern County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Lake Isabella.
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