Peoria Arizona Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Peoria, Arizona Elder Abuse LawyerFamilies entrust the medical staff and nursing facilities with their precious loved ones who need a safe environment to live where round-the-clock care and hygiene assistance can be provided. Usually, the location is chosen because of its warm inviting atmosphere that allows the resident to maintain their dignity and respect of their individuality. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities provide the level of care the families expect. In fact, the Peoria nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have seen a significant rise in the number of civil cases involving abuse, neglect and mistreatment occurring in nursing facilities throughout Arizona.

Every nursing facility in the state is regulated by government agencies who enforce certain regulations, procedures, guidelines and protocols to ensure every resident is provided a clean environment and quality care. When standards regulated by these agencies are not met, the facility should be held to answer for the deficient practices. Unfortunately, many cases involving abuse and neglect go unreported because families are unaware of what steps to take or the victim is too afraid of severe retaliation if they speak out.

In many situations, the nursing home resident suffers through the negligent actions of overworked and/or improperly trained nursing staff who do not provide even the most basic standards of care. Without proper care, the resident can become unclean, unexpectedly lose weight, suffer from dehydration/malnutrition or acquire bedsores that can produce life-threatening septic and osteomyelitis infections. Without an advocate on their side, the nursing home resident’s health can quickly diminish.

Peoria Arizona Nursing Home Safety Concerns

Our elder abuse attorneys have long served as legal advocates for every nursing home resident in Arizona. Our team of accomplished nursing home lawyers have dealt with all types of abuse and neglect cases and taken steps to hold those responsible for harming the victim legally and financially accountable. Our lawyers routinely review national and state databases including Medicare.gov to examine filed complaints, opened investigations and health concerns in nursing facilities statewide. We publish this information to assist family members who face the undesired position of placing a loved one in the care of medical and nursing professionals.

Comparing Peoria Area Nursing Homes

Our Maricopa County nursing home neglect attorneys post the information below detailing nursing facilities throughout Phoenix suburbs that currently maintain below average ratings compared to other nursing homes statewide.

IMMANUEL CAMPUS OF CARE
11301 North 99th Avenue
Peoria, Arizona 85345
(623) 977-8373

A “For-Profit” 228-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Develop Policies to Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residence or Theft of the Resident’s Property

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/27/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that the abuse policy was implemented.” This deficient practice directly affected five residents at the facility.”

The deficient practice was noted after review of supporting documents of Immanuel Campus of Care’s “investigative report dated 09/22/2014 of a financial exploitation of a resident by a Licensed Practical Nurse [that was] revealed through interviews conducted with the nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant and resident.” A part of the interview conducted with the LPN “reflected that another CNA was present as a witness during the incident. However, the investigative documents do not reveal that the CNA was interviewed as part of the investigation.”

Our Peoria nursing home abuse lawyers recognize the failing to develop policies that can prevent theft of a resident’s property might cause additional harm and be seen as neglect, mistreatment or abuse. The administration and nursing staff at Immanuel Campus of Care

failed to follow their own policies including the 02/24/2015 revised policy titled: Abuse, Neglect, Injuries of Unknown Origin and Misappropriation of Property that reads in part:

“The Administrator shall ensure that the investigation consist of at least the following action: an interview with any witnesses to the incident.”

LAKE PLEASANT POST ACUTE REHABILITATION CENTER
20625 North Lake Pleasant Road
Peoria, Arizona 85382
(623) 566-0642

A “For-Profit” 128-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Maintain Minimal Professional Standards of Quality That Meets the Needs of the Resident

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/14/2014, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure one resident received physician ordered intravenous (IV) flushes.”

The deficient practice was noted after the state surveyor conducted a 11/13/2014 medication observation of a resident. “At 11:30 AM, the IV treatment and administration record was reviewed by a Registered Nurse [at the facility].” The Registered Nurse stated “that she had not thought of how she documented the ordered flushes as administered since there was no location on the record to do so […and] that she could not determine whether flushes had been administered previously since it was no documentation.”

The state surveyor conducted a 11/13/2014 4:42 PM interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who stated “that was regards to IV flushes using the sash method, nurses were to document administration on a separate MAR (Medication Administration Record) […and] that this was not implemented for [this resident] until today.” The Director of Nursing “could not provide further information to demonstrate that flushes were administered as ordered.”

Our Peoria nursing home neglect attorneys recognize and any failure to follow protocols and procedures when providing treatment to residents could cause additional harm. The deficient practice might be considered mistreatment or negligence because it does not follow the facility’s 06/01/2012 policy titled: Administration of Intermittent Infusion that reads in part:

“Document in the medical record following completion of an infusion.”

ESTRELLA CENTER
350 East La Canada
Avondale, Arizona 85323
(623) 932-2282

A “For-Profit” 161-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Prevent the Development of Pressure Ulcers and Provide Medical Care to Allow Facility Acquired Bedsores to Heal

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/05/2014, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that two residents were provided care and services to prevent the development of pressure ulcers.”

The deficient practice was noted after review of a resident’s records including their admission assessment upon being admitted to the facility. The document “revealed no documented evidence of the resident had any pressure ulcers on the ball at her coccyx area. In addition, the resident’s 11/25/2014 Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk “identified that the resident was at moderate risk” of developing bedsores.

An additional 11/25/2014 interdisciplinary progress notes revealed that the resident “was incontinent of bowel and bladder and required maximum assistance of two members for activities of daily living [ADL].”

The state surveyor reviewed the 11/26/2014 resident Care Plan for Risk of Skin Breakdown that revealed that the facility needed to follow up interventions including the application of barrier cream and assisting the resident in turning and repositioning frequently. The nursing staff was to “evaluate for localized skin problems, evaluate risk and risk factors per protocol, monitor skin for signs/symptoms of skin breakdown, utilize positioning devices is appropriate to prevent pressure over bony prominences and weekly skin assessments” performed by the facility’s licensed nurse.”

The state surveyor noted that “despite documentation, the resident had buttocks wound, there was no Clinical Record Documentation regarding any assessments of the wound, including measurements or description of wound beds, nor any documentation as to when the wounds were first identified.” In addition, the state surveyor realized there was no physician’s orders instructing the staff on how to perform any wound treatments “from the time of admission through 12/01/2014.”

However, the 12/02/2014 Physician’s Progress Note that a thorough assessment of the resident’s wounds revealed “Coccyx – stationary pressure ulcer that measures 3.0 centimeters by 3.0 centimeters, with a depth of 0.2 centimeters with a small amount of serous drainage.” The notations indicate that there is an additional right buttocks wound measuring 7.0 centimeters by 3.5 centimeters with a depth of 0.2 centimeters [and] a small pond serous drainage.” Finally, the notation indicates that there is a third left distal buttocks/upper posterior thigh Stage II pressure ulcer measuring 2.5 centimeters by 3.0 centimeters “the scant amount of serous drainage.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview with the facility’s Registered Nurse who stated “that this resident had no pressure ulcers until 12/02/2014 […and] that the Hydrogel treatment did not get done as the order did not get printed off the computer and it was not placed in the [TAR (Treatment Administration Record)] book.”

Our Avondale nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that the facility failed to follow protocols and procedures and that their failure might be considered mistreatment, neglect or abuse. In addition, Estrella Center failed to follow their own policy titled Skin Integrity Management that reads in part:

“The purpose is to provide safe and effective care to prevent the occurrence of pressure ulcers, manage treatment, and promote healing of all wounds.”

CHANDLER POST ACUTE AND REHABILITATION Center
2121 West Elgin Street
Chandler, Arizona 85224
(480) 899-6717
A “For-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Make Sure That Services Provided by the Nursing Staff Meet Professional Standards of Quality

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that a Licensed Practical Nurse identify a resident prior to administering medication.”

The deficient practice was noted after the state surveyor conducted a 03/29/2015 a review of the facility’s Resident Incident Report revealing that a Licensed Practical Nurse “administered another resident’s medication to [the resident]. The report did not include what medications were given.”

The state surveyor conducted a center 20 13,015 interview with a facility’s Licensed Practical Nurse who stated “that she had given the wrong medication to [the resident] due to not being familiar with the resident and failed to check the resident’s name band before administering the medication […and] that a coworker told her that the resident was in the courtyard with family, so she went to the courtyard and started talking to the family member and automatically started administering the medication to a resident. She further stated she recalled giving [a diuretic and anti-hypertensive medication] and an inhaler to this resident.”

The state surveyor interviewed the resident’s Power of Attorney (POA) on 09/23/2015 who indicated “that she was with the resident in the courtyard when a nurse came to the administer medication to the resident. She stated that the nurse did not ask who the resident was and proceeded to administer medications […and] the nurse was questioned regarding an inhaler and insulin and the nurse told her she gave the resident the wrong medications.”

The state surveyor conducted a 09/23/2015 interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who stated “that before medication is given the resident needs to be identified by looking at the name band. She also stated there was no documentation of the names and dosages of the medication that were given.”

Our Chandler nursing home neglect attorneys recognize failing to follow protocols when administering medication to residents has the potential to cause serious harm or life-threatening conditions. The deficient practice by the nursing staff that Chandler Post Acute and Rehabilitation Center violates the facility’s policy titled: Medication Administration that reads in part:

“Residents are to be identified before medication is administered. Methods of administration include checking identification band, checking the photograph attached to the medical record, calling the resident by name if necessary, verifying resident identification with other facility personnel.”

DESERT COVE NURSING CENTER
1750 West Frye Road
Chandler, Arizona 85224
(480) 899-0641
A “For-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Develop and Enforce a Program That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/15/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “maintain an effective infection control program by failing to ensure that contact precautions were followed [with a resident suffering] with active Clostridium difficile (C. diff).”

The deficient practice was noted by the state surveyor after a review of resident records including their MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealing “the resident was cognitively intact and was continent of bowel. The facility’s 10/04/2015 nurse’s notes indicate that “the resident had reported she had diarrhea all night and had multiple episodes of diarrhea during the day shift.” Complaints of diarrhea and loose stools were noted in the next three days Nurse’s Notes.

The 10/08/2015 through 10/12/2015 Nursing Notes “continue to document that the resident reported having multiple loose stools and diarrhea […and] that contact isolation precautions were being observed. However, an observation made by the state surveyor at 8:30 AM on 10/14/2015 noted that a Licensed Practical Nurse “was observed carrying two medication cups and a glass of water to an isolation cart which was outside the [resident’s] room.” The LPN donned a gown and gloves, pick up the medication cups and water and entered the isolation room [and was there] for approximately 10 minutes.” Before leaving the room, the Licensed Practical Nurse “remove gown and gloves. The LPN then using alcohol-based hand sanitizer twice […and] did not wash her hands with soap and water prior to exiting the room.”

At that point, the Licensed Practical Nurse returned to the medication cart and opened the MAR (Medication Administration Record) book before walking “partway down the hallway and then went back to the medication cart and went to the medication book. The LPN then went to another resident’s room and stood in the doorway for a few seconds then went inside the room.”

The state surveyor conducted 10/14/2015 interview with the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing who stated “anyone leaving the room should remove the gown and gloves and wash their hands with soap and water in the bathroom […and] once the person is out of the room and hands have been washed with soap and water then an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.” The Assistant Director of Nursing “stated alcohol-based hand sanitizer cannot be used in place of soap and water.”

Our Chandler nursing home neglect lawyers know that failing to follow procedures and protocols when providing care to infectious residents has the potential to spread of infection throughout the facility. The deficient practice of the nursing staff at Desert Cove Nursing Care fails to follow the facility’s policy regarding Clostridium Difficile that reads in part:

“The purpose is to minimize the transmission of [infectious diseases] within the facility. The policy includes that contact precautions are used for residents with [infectious diseases] and don gloves and gowns when entering the room and that hands must be washed immediately […and] that alcohol-based hand rubs do not kill spore forming organisms.”

LIFESTREAM AT COOK HEALTH CARE
11527 West Peoria Ave
Youngtown, Arizona 85363
(623) 933-4683

A “Not for Profit” 128-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Develop a Care Plan That Meets the Needs of Residents with Measurable Actions and Timetables

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/27/2014, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “develop a plan of care to address the care and treatment of [a resident at the facility].”

The deficient practice was noted after the initial review of a resident’s 08/14/2014 ADL Care Plan and Physician’s Progress Notes revealing that the “resident to be dependent in activities of daily living (ADLs)”. The resident’s Care Plan did not include any “documentation addressing the resident’s range of motion (ROM) needs or quadriplegia condition, nor was this address on any other care plans.

The state surveyor conducted in 10/27/2014 9:05 AM interview with two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) at the facility who revealed that “the resident was stiff to bilateral arms of the resident could not fully straighten her upper extremities and thus required assistance during meals. The CNAs further stated that the resident has had limitation to her ROM for a while.”

The state survey reviewed the resident’s 08/16/2014 clinical record along with the resident’s quarterly MDS (Minimum Data Set) with the facility’s MDS Coordinator who explained that the resident’s “Care Plan did not address the limitation in ROM.”

Our Youngtown nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that the facility failed to follow procedures and protocols to ensure that the needs of the resident are met with active timetables and measurable actions. This failure might be considered mistreatment are negligence because the nursing staff failed to follow their own policy titled Assessment/Care Plans that reads in part:

“A comprehensive Care Plan is developed within seven days of completing the resident assessment.”

The care planning/interdisciplinary team [is] responsible for maintaining care plans on a current status.”

OASIS PAVILION NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER
161 West Rodeo Road
Casa Grande, Arizona 85122
(520) 836-1772

A “For-Profit” 134-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Allow Existing Bedsores to Heal and Prevent New Bedsores from Developing

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/09/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure that care and services were provided in that complete and thorough pressure ulcer assessments were completed for two residents [at the facility].”

The complaint investigation was initiated after review of the resident’s Weekly Skin Checks revealing no documentation “of the resident had no skin breakdowns or open areas” between 06/01/2015 and 06/24/2015. “However, the 06/30/2015 Weekly Skin Check now included that the resident had two pressure ulcers on the sacrum, which were approximately the size of a nickel and no drainage was present. This assessment did not include the exact measurements, the state of the pressure ulcers for a complete description of the pressure ulcers, including the surrounding skin.”

The state investigator reviewed the resident’s Braden Risk Assessment, which “identify the resident was at risk for the development of pressure ulcers.”

The state surveyor then reviewed the 06/30/2015 Nursing Note that included that “the resident had sacral breakdown, which measured 2.0 by 1.7 centimeters with UTD (Unable to Determine) depth. The note did not include a description of the wound and surrounding tissue or any documentation regarding the second pressure ulcer.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview with the facility’s Wound Nurse who stated “of the weekly skin checks were supposed to be completed, including documentation of the location, size, states, condition of the surrounding skin and the wound bed. At this time, he stated that he was not aware until yesterday (July 7) that he was responsible for all required assessments in the facility […and] that the weekly skin check dated 07/07/2015 was incorrect, since the resident had only one pressure ulcer on the inside of the right buttock.”

Our Casa Grande nursing home neglect attorneys recognize of the facility and nursing staff failed to follow protocols to detect, identify and treat the development of a facility acquired bedsore. The deficient practice might be considered mistreatment or negligence.

CARING HOUSE
Po Box 2187
Sacaton, Arizona 85247
(520) 562-7400

A “Government Owned and Operated” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Prevent Mistreatment, Abuse and Neglect of Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/31/2014, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “report and investigate resident’s complaints of rough handling is allegations of abuse.” The deficient practice to “properly identify, report, investigate and protect residents from allegations of abuse could result in emotional and physical harm.”

The deficient practice was noted after review of a 10/29/2014 1:00 PM Group interview involving four residents where two residents reported “being roughly handled. One of the two residents indicated ‘I am not mobile and I have to be lifted. They get my leg and pull it down real hard. I complained about this in the care planning meeting. One handle roughly the CNA would say I am behind and I have to hurry up’.”

The state surveyor conducted in 10/31/2014 9:50 AM “Abuse Interview” with the facility’s Administrator and Director of Nursing. The Administrator “did not reveal a clear process and system by which monitoring staff or abuse/neglect. They were informed of allegations of rough handling which was reported during two resident Council meetings and a report of rough handling during a group interview by another CNA.” However, minutes of the Resident Council meeting do not contain any documentation “regarding the known report of rough handling by the CNA.”

In an interview with the facility’s Nurse Manager, it was revealed that the staff “did not remove the CNA from direct contact pending an investigation. The Nurse Manager removed the CNA from care of the affected resident, but assigned the CNA to care for other residents as if there were no more complaints regarding her care, then she would conduct an investigation.”

The state surveyor informed the Director of Nursing, Administrator and Nurse Manager that their practices “deviate from the handling of any person for suspected abuse or neglect. There was a failure to identify the rough handling as an allegation of abuse, failure to protect all residents and failure to report and investigate the allegation.” In addition, even though staff members were aware of the allegation of rough handling by a CNA, the Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing and Administrator “indicated they were not informed.” Additionally, “there was no investigation provided from the facility for the allegation of rough handling by the CNA.”

Our Sacaton nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that the facility and administrators failed to follow procedures and protocols to report and investigate any allegation of abuse. This deficient practice might be considered mistreatment or neglect that could potentially affect every resident in the facility.

ACUITY SPECIALTY HOSPITAL OF ARIZONA AT SUN CITY
13818 North Thunderbird Boulevard
Sun City, Arizona 85351
(623) 977-1325

A “For-Profit” 60-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Care for Residents in a Way That Builds or Maintains Every Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/27/2014, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “promote care in a manner that maintain or enhanced [the dignity of two residents at the facility].”

The deficient practice was noted at the state surveyor performed a review of the facility’s 03/27/2014 ADL (activities of daily living) Care Plan revealing that “the resident requires extensive assistance with bed mobility, toileting, personal hygiene and total assistance with transfers.” The resident’s 03/14/2014 Care Plan “addresses the resident’s difficulty with breathing due to asthma, [a tracheotomy and other medical conditions].” The resident’s Care Plan “documents that respiratory staff would administer treatments that included the resident’s need for suctioning.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview with the resident 10/23/2014 when the resident stated “it about three months ago she used to call light to request assistance for a bedpan.” When staff members came to the room to assist her with a bedpan she “requested that respiratory staff come in and perform tracheotomy suctioning.” The bedpan assisting staff member told the respiratory staff they would have to wait. The resident stated that staff member “that she would have to get someone to help roll her over and emphasized roll, making her feel that she was a big fat pig […and] stated she felt degraded and humiliated by the way [a staff member] spoke to her and rolled her eyes at her.”

The state surveyor conducted a telephone interview on 10/23/2015 “with the respiratory staff who had witnessed the encounter between [the resident and the staff member].” The respiratory staff member indicated that the bedpan assisting staff member “stated in a very demanding tone that she had to clean up the resident first and that the respiratory would have to wait.”

Our Sun City nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to treat residents with dignity and respect can cause emotional damage. The deficient practiced by the nursing staff might be considered abuse or mistreatment because it does not follow procedures, policies and protocols adopted by Acuity Specialty Hospital of Arizona at Sun City including the facility’s Policy on Resident Dignity during the Provision of Care that reads in part:

“The facility must promote care for residents in a manner that maintains or enhances each individual’s dignity and respect his or her individuality.”

THE GARDENS OF SUN CITY
17225 North Boswell Boulevard
Sun City, Arizona 85373
(623) 933-2222

A “For-Profit” 58-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Necessary Care and Services to the Resident to Ensure They Maintain Their Highest Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/27/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “adequately assess and manage a resident’s pain.”

The deficient practice was noted after the state surveyor conducted a review of the resident’s records. The resident’s 07/26/2014 and 07/27/2014 Daily Wound Assessment “revealed the resident had pain of all wounds.” The 07/28/2014 Daily Wound Assessment “revealed the resident had pain due to multiple” and was provided Tylenol according to the resident’s July 2014 MAR (Medication Administration Record).

Records indicate that the resident refused treatment on 07/29/2014 and 07/30/2014 and continued to have pain the following day.

The resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) notes that the resident “had multiple pressure ulcers, surgical wounds and venous/arterial ulcers” and that by 08/01/2014 “had multiple right and left lower extremity wounds.”

By 08/07/2014 through 08/12/2014 the resident began complaining of pain when the wounds were touched and that by 08/13/2014 complained when “the limb was moved.” The state surveyor notes that “despite this, no additional pain medication orders obtained.” The 10/14/2014 Daily Wound Assessment indicate the resident “had pain to the left leg one pulling/guarding.”

By 08/16/2014, the resident “was yelling out” when moved in bed and “stated ‘stop that’ when the old dressings were removed. Tylenol was given so the dressing could then be changed.” The 08/20/2014 Nurses’ Notes indicate that the resident continues to yell out when “the old dressing was removed and Tylenol was given.”

Notations are made all the way through 08/27/2014 that “the resident had pain in multiple wounds.” However, the August MAR (Medication Administration Record) documentation “showed that the resident had no pain from August 1 through 31”. The record does not report that the resident was given Tylenol any time throughout September 2014 except for a single entry on the night of September 12 “would show the resident receipt Tylenol for headache.”

The state surveyor reviewed the resident’s comprehensive care plans revealing they did not address the ongoing pain experienced by the resident nor address any concern of the resident refusing dressing changes related to pain.

The September 17 10:20 AM Nurses’ Notes include “the resident complained of pain with transfers. A noted 12:15 PM included the resident had increased confusion, responded slowly, had blurred vision and complained of a headache. The resident was transferred hospital.”

The state surveyor conducted a review of the 09/18/2014 Hospital Admission Notes that indicated that the “resident was transferred from rehab and has infected left foot that has been increasingly getting worse. Currently the resident cannot bear any weight on it and is very anxious if you get near it. The documentation [also notes that the resident] had chronic toes and black feet.”

The resident’s 09/18/2014 Hospital Infectious Disease Consult document shows that the resident’s right lateral foot has some pressure wounds with yellowing and eschar development. The big problem is the lower extremity; all toes are gangrenous. The entire ankle on the lateral aspect of the lateral leg wraps around towards the back is diffusely ulcerated and convalescing with grayish, blackish, brownish eschar. The entire leg and foot is tendered to palpation and movement.”

Our Sun City nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that failing to provide adequate care to a resident with developed bedsores could cause additional pain that must be treated. The deficient practice of the nursing staff at The Gardens of Sun City might be considered negligence or mistreatment because they did not follow their own policy titled Pain Risk Review and Management Program that reads in part:

“Provide a consistent method for the review, planning, development and evaluation of pain management. The policy included to observe resident for indicators of pain, such as moaning, crying out or other vocalizations, decrease in usual activities, and body posture such as guarding or protecting any area body or lying very still.

Indicators of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Not every type of abuse occurring to a nursing home resident is physical. Often times, the victimized nursing home resident suffers serious emotional or mental harm as a result of verbal assault, where the assailant dehumanizes, humiliates, disgraces or disrespects the victim. Other forms of abuse occur by a lack of care or sexual assault to residents who cannot or will not speak up for themselves. Some of the common signs of physical neglect and abuse involve:

  • Dehydration and malnourishment when the resident is not provided access to water and food
  • The development of bedsores acquired after being admitted to the facility
  • Degrading bedsores that are allowed to worsen due to a lack of treatment
  • Bleeding and bruising around the genitalia
  • Any unexplained burn, cut, laceration or bruise
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • An unsanitary environment
  • Odors of feces or urine
  • The use of chemical or physical restraints

The above indicators of nursing home abuse and neglect are often obvious. However, emotional abuse caused by intentional cruelty, threats or verbal assault are much harder to detect. Some of these include:

  • The resident displaying obvious signs of depression
  • A strong desire to remain withdrawn from caregivers and other residents
  • New undesirable behaviors including frequent aggression and agitation
  • A change in mood

What to Do

If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect in Arizona, including throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, it is crucial to take advocate steps to stop the harm now. The Peoria nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can pursue justice on your behalf and fight aggressively to protect your rights and the rights of your loved one. Our Arizona team of accomplished lawyers have extensive experience in handling cases involving abuse and negligence occurring in nursing homes throughout Central Arizona.

We urge you to contact our Peoria elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today. By scheduling a no obligation, free consultation appointment, you can discuss your case with one of our reputable nursing home abuse attorneys. All information shared concerning your case remains confidential. No upfront fees are required because all of our legal services are paid only after we negotiate an acceptable financial out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial.

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