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Life Care Center of Columbia Nursing Home
Families deciding to place a loved one into a nursing home are often overwhelmed at the thought that they will not receive the best care. Unfortunately, mistreatment occurs at many facilities nationwide, including in South Carolina.
If your loved one was injured while living in a Richland County nursing facility, contact the South Carolina Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Let our team of abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive financial compensation to recover your damages. All the necessary paperwork must be filed in the proper county courthouse before the statute of limitations expires.Life Care Center of Columbia Nursing Home
This center is a 179-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility providing services to residents of Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina. The "for profit" long-term care home is located at:
2514 Faraway Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29223
Life Care Center of Columbia Nursing Home
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Life Care Center of Columbia Nursing Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Federal agencies and the State of South Carolina have a legal responsibility for monitoring every nursing facility. If serious violations are identified, the government can impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare if the resident was harmed or could have been harmed by the deficiency.
Within the last three years, investigators imposed two monetary penalties against Life Care Center of Columbia Nursing Home, citing substandard care. These penalties include a $13,744 fine on February 01, 2018, and a $10,606 fine on August 24, 2017, for a total of $24,350.
Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Department of Social Services Vulnerable Adult Website.
The state of South Carolina 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 one out of five stars concerning health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Reports of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents – citation #F225 date June 4, 2015
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of New Bedsores or Allow Existing Pressure Wound to Heal – citation #F314 date September 29, 2016
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Including Physical and Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – citation date #F600 date February 1, 2018
The state investigators determined that “the facility failed to ensure [one injury] of unknown origin and was reported to the State Survey & Certification Agency within the appropriate timeframe.” The resident “sustained an injury of unknown origin, which was not reported [promptly].”
Documentation shows that an injury of unknown origin was not reported to the State agency until two days after the incident occurred, in violation of state and federal regulations.
The nursing home “failed to provide treatment and services to promote healing, prevent infection for [two residents] reviewed with pressure ulcers. The facility failed to assess and measure wounds adequately to monitor healing for [one resident].”
Additionally, “the facility failed to clean wounds before applying clean dressing for [a second resident].”
The nursing home “failed to ensure that one [resident] reviewed for abuse remained free of neglect. Following an investigation of an injury of unknown origin, it was determined that two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) transferred the resident manually instead of using a mechanical lift, resulting in a comminuted patellar fracture.”
A review of hospital records revealed “that the resident presented with a red-hot inflamed right knee. Per the nursing home, this [injury] started earlier today and got worse throughout the day. The right knee has significant swelling.”
The resident was “admitted to the hospital [from the emergency room] and treated conservatively with an immobilizer.” During an interview with the Director of Nursing and the Administrator, they were advised that the resident had suffered a fracture and “immediately reported and began an investigation.”
Incident reports since the previous recertification survey were provided [and reviewed that morning. However,] no report was provided for the fractured patella.”
Do you suspect that your loved one suffered harmed, injury, or died prematurely while living at Life Care Center of Columbia Nursing Home? Contact the South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Richland County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Columbia.
You will not be charged to discuss your case with our legal team during an initial, free case review. Also, we provide a 100% “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This promise means that you will owe us nothing until we have secured financial compensation on your behalf. All information you share with our law offices will remain confidential.