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Ladera Center Nursing Home
This long-term care center is a "for-profit" 120-certified bed home providing cares to residents of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
5901 Ouray Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120
Ladera Center Nursing Home
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Ladera Center Nursing Home offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-stay care, IV (intravenous) therapy, respite care, hospice, wound care, dementia and memory care, colostomy care, and restorative services involving physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Fined $138,827 for substandard care
Financial Penalties and Violations
Federal and state investigators have a legal obligation to penalize any nursing home that violated a rule or regulation that harmed or could have harmed a resident. These penalties typically include imposed monetary fines or denial of payment for Medicare services. Usually, the higher the violation, the higher the fine.
Within the last three years, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against Ladera Center Nursing Home for $138,827 on May 19, 2017, citing substandard care. During this time, Medicare denied payment on July 31, 2017, due to a lack of quality care.
The nursing home received four complaints over the last three years that resulted in a violation citation. Additional documentation concerning penalties and fines can be reviewed on the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Website.
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Albuquerque New Mexico Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of New Mexico 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 two out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Necessary Care and Services to Maintain the Highest Well-Being of Every Resident – citation #F309 date May 19, 2017
The state investigators determined “the facility failed to provide the necessary care and services for residents to attain their highest practicable physical well-being.” The incident involved “the facility’s response to the resident’s reports of symptoms of urinary tract infection [that] was delayed for several days” over two months.
Specifically, “attempts to obtain a urine sample for laboratory work were delayed until late in the evening when the resident had already emptied her bladder or was disinclined to have her rest disturbed by the procedure. This deficient practice likely caused a resident’s infection to worsen, resulting in two hospitalizations” for a life-threatening blood infection.
Following “a hospitalization in late March, she was readmitted to the facility” and discharged “to the hospital again on April 21, 2017.” The resident had been admitted to the hospital from March 27, 2017, and March 29, 2019, “for a fall from her bed, worsening confusion, and altered mental status.”
Reports indicate that the patient had complained of five days of painful urination (dysuria), “changes in urine habits in color, a chief complaint she thinks she has a UTI [urinary tract infection]. She also has some intermittent fever and chills.”
Emergency Department notations indicated that the patient “is septic with a white count of 30K (an elevated white blood cell count of 30,000, indicative of infection), evaluated by general surgery and [doctors] do not think the source is an infected open wound and is most like a urinary tract infection. The patient is admitted to medical services for IV antibiotics.”
A review of a Skilled Nursing Note dated April 15, 2017, stated that the resident had refused for two days in a row “to get out of bed stating ‘I need antibiotics for UTI. Until I get those, I am not getting out of bed.’”
A General Note from the same day indicated that the resident was very lethargic, which “has been ongoing. Got out of bed yesterday for a shower, had to use a Hoyer, the resident is afraid her legs will not hold her.” The document says that today the resident “is confused at times during wound care asking ‘so what is going on out of there? Are they going to auction those dogs?’”
The hospital report indicated that the resident had “general weakness, [painful urination], malodorous (foul-smelling) urine.”
Mistreated at Ladera Center Nursing Home? We Can Help
Were you the victim of mistreatment while you lived at Ladera Center Nursing Home? Contact the New Mexico nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Bernalillo County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Albuquerque.
We do not charge for case evaluations and consultations. Also, we provide a 100% “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This promise means we will postpone all of your payments for legal services until after we have secured a financial recovery on your behalf.