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Life Care Center of Morgan County Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
There are significant problems involving mistreatment occurring in nursing facilities nationwide. Typically, a lack of quality care often results from untrained nursing staff, minimal supervision, or insufficient staffing members on each shift. In these incidents, the patient’s needs are often ignored. This neglect can cause broken bones due to falling, or the development of preventable bedsores.
If your loved one was injured while residing in a Morgan County nursing facility, contact the Tennessee Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal assistance. Let our team of abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive monetary compensation for your damages. We can begin working on your case today.Life Care Center of Morgan County Nursing Home
This nursing center is a "for-profit" Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility providing services and cares to residents of Wartburg and Morgan County, Tennessee. The 124-certified bed long-term care nursing home is located at:
419 South Kingston Street
Wartburg, Tennessee 37887
Life Care Center of Morgan County Nursing Home
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Life Care Center of Morgan County Nursing Home offers other services. Additional focused care includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.Financial Penalties and Violations
The investigators from the federal government and Tennessee penalize caregiving facilities identified with severe violations of nursing home rules and regulations by withholding payment for Medicare services or imposing monetary fines. The higher the penalty usually means the worse offense.
Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the Tennessee Commission on Elder Abuse Website.
Your family can visit Medicare.gov and the Tennessee Department of Public Health website to obtain a complete list of all violations, citations, and deficiencies identified by investigators and surveyors.
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 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 September 14, 2016
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Programs That Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from Spreading – citation #F441 date September 14, 2016
The state investigators determined that “the facility failed to notify government authorities of an allegation of abuse for [one resident] reviewed for allegations of abuse.” The investigation revealed that the resident “reported to the staff [that a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)] put her arm with the resident’s arm [and] walked the resident to her room.”
The resident alleges that “once in her room, the resident got on the bed and immediately called her daughter. An internal investigation was initiated the same day because the resident stated that the nurse pulled her arm.” During an interview with the facility Administrator, it was revealed that “the facility failed to report an allegation of abuse.”
The nursing home “failed to ensure appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was worn during medication administration [for one resident].” A review of the facility’s policies titled: Standard Precautions revealed that the nursing staff is to “wear appropriate gloves when it can be recently anticipated that there may be hand contact with blood.”
The state surveyors observed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) administering a subcutaneous (tissue later between the skin and the muscle) shot (injection) “without wearing gloves.” The LPN stated during an interview that they “did not wear PPE (gloves) when administering the injection to the resident.”
The Director of Nursing confirmed that the “staff was expected to wear gloves when administering an injection.”
In a separate summary statement dated August 23, 2017, the facility “failed to ensure sanitary conditions were maintained in the preparation and serving areas of the kitchen.” This deficient practice involved all seventy-six residents in the facility.
The investigative team observed a Dietary Cook in the kitchen just after breakfast time. The Dietary Cook “at the prep table with a hairnet partially covering his head and hair [was] exposed in the front, side, and back of the head.”
Later that day just before lunchtime, a different Dietary Cook was observed by the surveyors and a Registered Dietitian “assembling lunch trays with a hairnet partially covering the head with hair exposed in the front, side, and back of the head.” The Registered Dietitian confirmed that “the facility failed to ensure hair was covered in the preparation service areas of the kitchen to ensure a sanitary environment.”
Do you believe that your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect while living at Life Care Center of Morgan County Nursing Home? Contact the Tennessee nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Morgan County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Wartburg.
Discuss your case with us now through an initial case consultation at no charge to you. Also, we offer a 100% “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This promise means we postpone payment for our services until after we have secured a monetary recovery on your behalf.