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Merritt Manor Convalescent Hospital
Are you concerned that caregivers at the Tulare County nursing facility have victimized your loved one through negligence and mistreatment? Do you suspect they have been physically, mentally, emotionally, or sexually assaulted by the nursing staff, visitors, or other patients?
Contact the California Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Our team of abuse prevention lawyers will use the law to obtain financial compensation on your family’s behalf.Merritt Manor Convalescent Hospital
This facility is a 99-certified bed "for-profit" long-term care home providing services and cares to residents of Tulare and Tulare County, California. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating center is located at:
604 E. Merritt Ave.
Tulare, California 93274
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Merritt Manor Convalescent Hospital offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-term and long term 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.
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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According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues, and two out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Including Physical and Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – citation #F600 date April 9, 2019
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation #F689 date February 20, 2019
The state investigators determined the nursing home "failed to prevent physical abuse when [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) slapped the hand of one resident], which resulted in a bruise to [the resident’s] hand.”
The survey team reviewed the resident’s clinical records and Progress Note written by a Licensed Vocational Nurse. The document indicates that a CNA “was witnessed by another staff member [the activities Assistant] to have slapped/hit the top of [the resident’s] right hand. Upon visualization, there is a small bruise approximately the size of a quarter.”
The Activities Director stated that the resident “looked to another staff member, [the CNA], and said ‘lady, lady’ reaching up at her. The staff member, [the CNA], then grabbed the resident’s right arm, hitting the top of her hand.” The resident “was immediately removed from the situation and was unable to verbalize what had happened.”
The CNA “clocked out and was sent home.” The nursing staff notified the Director of Nursing, the Administrator, and the Physician. The Licensed Vocational Nurse stated that “the incident had been witnessed by the Activity Director [and that the resident] had a purple bruise on her hand.” The nurse said that the CNA had informed her that the resident “pinched her arm, and she swatted her [the resident’s] arm lightly.” The CNA stated that she “did not feel like she had hit her hard enough to bruise.”
The investigators determined that the nursing home “failed to follow its elopement policy and procedure when it failed to identify environmental hazards for [one resident].” As a result of the facility’s deficient practice, the resident climbed out of the window and wandered away from the nursing home unsupervised.
The Social Service Designee indicated that she had noticed “her office window was opened, and the screen had been pushed out.” The staff member also stated, “I saw footprints on the ground.” The resident “was found approximately a block away from the facility.”
A Certified Nursing Assistant stated that “the resident was sitting on a bench right across [from] his room.” The CNA said that the resident “had left the facility and was placed on direct one-on-one supervision.”
Were you the victim of mistreatment while you lived at Merritt Manor Convalescent Hospital? Contact the California nursing home abuse prevention lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Tulare County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Tulare.
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