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What is legally actionable with regard to nursing home care may be a larger subset of action than you think. Everyone knows that if a nursing home abuses your loved one, not only is it illegal, but it is also something for which you can sue a nursing home. Other nursing home actions may violate civil laws if there are failures to comply with certain regulations. When these failures cause specific and concrete harms to your loved one, they may provide you with a cause of action. While not every mistake in care rises to what would be considered actionable, you should carefully monitor the treatment that your family member is receiving at a nursing. If you do not like what you see, you should ask more questions. Eventually, if the care is bad enough, you should contact an attorney.

The Laurie Care Center is a medium-sized facility with 108 certified beds. It provides long-stay services to residents of Laure and the Central Missouri area. It participates in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, although there has been one payment denial. It is governmentally owned by the Good Shepherd Nursing Home District. It is located at:

610 Hwy O 
Laurie, MO 65038
(573) 374-8263
URL: Laurie Care Center

No matter whether a nursing home is owned by a for-profit or even a governmental entity, the facility is subject to the same two levels of regulation. The first regulatory body is the federal government, who has direct oversight over every nursing home in the country. The second overseer is the State of Missouri, who provides each facility with their license. Each has the ability to cite a skilled nursing facility for any violations of law and regulation and also has the ability to impose a fine.

The Laurie Care Center received a $7,413 fine from the federal government in March 2017. This fine was accompanied by a payment denial for Medicare, which temporarily kept the nursing facility from participating in the Medicare program. The 2017 inspection report detailed an incident in which a resident was found to have a broken clavicle. When asked how they hurt their shoulder, the resident stated that they fell transferring from their wheelchair. However, the actual fall was not documented on the resident's record. The bruise associated with the injury appeared to the staff member to pre-date the fall that caused the broken bone so the nurse did not report the x-ray results or the injury to the physician or the Director of Nursing. This was an unknown injury, and the rules state that all unknown injuries must be reported. This particular health citation applied to another resident as well who had an unknown bruise that they said must have come from a fall. Similar to the first resident, there was no documentation of any report or investigation of an injury that was unknown in nature.

In general, that particular inspection report yielded numerous instances in which the facility did not undertake the proper measures or follow its own protocols after residents had fallen. If the resident has had a fall that has not been witnessed, staff must complete neurological assessments for the resident if there is a head injury suspected. There could be various neurological issues that caused the fall or could result from the fall. In addition, staff must perform periodic checks on the resident after the fall. When there is a possible head injury, the patient must be continuously monitored for any changes in condition. Here, there were three separate residents who had falls where the nursing home did not perform the required neurological checks after the fall. This included not performing the periodic checks and documenting the resident's vital signs after the fall. 

Further, in the area of falls, one resident suffered a head injury when they fell out of a wheelchair that a CNA was pushing. The leg rests were not on the wheelchair and the resident fell forward and hit their head and suffered a hematoma. In addition, the facility did not perform an entrapment assessment for 12 separate residents. The nursing home must identify various safety risks for each particular resident that could cause them injury. This assessment must be individualized based on each resident's condition and their surroundings. However, for each of the residents, their file did not contain an entrapment assessment.

The Laurie Care Center's issues with fall prevention and treatment are reflected in the statistics that are reported to Medicare. Over eight percent of the residents at the facility experience one or more falls with a major injury. This is in contrast to a rate of just over three percent nationally. 

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