Fort Collins Colorado Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Lawyers for Nursing Home Abuse Fort CollinsOur Fort Collins nursing home abuse attorneys have witnessed an increase in the number of criminal and civil cases involving abuse, mistreatment and neglect occurring in nursing homes all throughout Colorado. Most likely, the vast majority of all cases involving abuse and neglect go unreported by victims who either do not know what to do or live in fear of retaliation by the nursing staff in charge of providing them care. Other times, family members do not know what steps to take to stop the unacceptable behavior before it causes their loved one additional harm.

Nearly 150,000 residents live within the Fort Collins city limits and almost 20,000 of those individuals are senior citizens. That number rises even higher if all the retirees in Larimer County are counted, especially those residing in Loveland, Rustic, Drake, Buckeye, Estes Park, Wellington, Laporte, Livermore, Norfolk, Kinikinik, Berthoud, Old Roach and Glen Haven. Many retirees moved to this area years ago because of its beautiful surroundings and quick access to Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park.

However, the significant rise of the aging population throughout north-central Colorado has placed a significant burden on nursing facilities. Additionally, there is a lack of skilled registered nurses, nurses’ aides and licensed practical nurses in the community who are available to fill many open medical job positions. Due to the overcrowded conditions a lack of proper staffing, many nursing homes are facing a substantial rise of incidences involving abuse and neglect.

Fort Collins Colorado Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Fort Collins nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have served as legal advocates to nursing home residents all throughout Colorado. Our team of experienced elder abuse lawyers continuously reviews publicly available data gathered from government websites, including Medicare.gov that outlines opened investigations, safety concerns and filed complaints involving nursing facilities in the community. We publish this information for families to use as a guide of determining where to place a loved one who requires the best quality care available in north-central Colorado.

Comparing Fort Collins Area Nursing Facilities

Our Fort Collins nursing home lawyers publish the list below providing detailed information on facilities currently maintaining a below average rating. In addition, the attorneys have listed their primary concerns in an effort to provide much-needed information to the public.

Information on Colorado Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across Colorado to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about the cases below:

Fort Collins Health Care Center
1000 S. Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 482-7925

A “For-Profit” 83-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/20/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being in accordance with a comprehensive assessment and plan of care for [for residents at the facility].” The deficient practice was noted in part after an initial review of the facility’s Quarterly Pain Assessment that revealed “a resident has been in pain for the last five days. The assessment documented the resident frequently had pain within the last five days and the pain had limited her day to day activities. The assessment documented the resident had joint pain in the shoulders; arthritis pain and mild pain [and] her current pain was mild to severe, her goal pain was mild. The non-pharmaceutical approaches to alleviate pain were: rest, relaxation techniques and recreational activity participation. There was no distinction for treatment of [her condition].”

However, a review of the resident’s care plan noted that “a care plan had not been developed for pain.” As a result, the state surveyor conducted in 08/20/2015 interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who reported “she would expect her nurses to know what the acceptable level of pain would be for the resident based on their baseline which was on the pain assessment. She reported she would expect the nursing staff to contact the physician if the resident had expressed uncontrollable pain for more than 72 hours.”

Our Fort Collins elder abuse attorneys recognize that the facility failed to follow their own August 2012 policy titled: Pain Management that reads in part “any resident who reports inadequate pain control or identifies a new onset of pain will have a full evaluation; notify the physician of the findings and document the change of condition SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation); and each resident will have a pain management care plan.”

The failure to follow the established protocols, procedures and policies adopted by Fort Collins Health Care Center violates both state and federal nursing home regulations and might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident.

Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of the Rockies
1020 Patton St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 484-7981

A “For-Profit” 96-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure Background/Verification Checks Were Performed on All New/Existing Employees to Minimize the Potential of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/25/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “develop and operationalize policies and procedures for screening and training employees, protection of residents and for the prevention, identification, investigation and reporting of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation of property.” The deficient practice was noted after the state investigator observed the facility’s failure to “a properly screen potential employees prior to hire (background checks and or references); [and] verify current license/certification for current employee’s, including nursing staff responsible for the delivery of care and medications to residents.”

The state surveyor filed a summary of findings that revealed “the facility had not obtained references on new hires. Furthermore, the facility failed to verify professional licensure for certified nurse aides and failed to obtain background checks on newly hired employees.”

Our Fort Collins nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that the facility failed to follow their own policies, especially the one titled Recruitment and Hiring – section 403 involving employee reference checks that clearly states “it is the policy of the facility to conduct employee reference checks and accordance with state and federal guidelines for all applicants.” Any failure to follow facility policies for recruitment, hiring or maintaining employees might be considered negligence, especially if a resident suffers significant harm, injuries or death at the hands of caregivers.

Golden Peaks Center
1005 East Elizabeth St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 482-2525

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols to Reporting Investigate Any Actor Allegation of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/03/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure all allegations of potential abuse were thoroughly and timely investigated and residents were safe during investigations of abuse.” This failure directly affected to residents at the facility involved in incidences of alleged abuse that were not investigated.

The complaint investigation was initiated after a review of “the most recent abuse investigations were conducted (on 02/03/2015 at 3:17 PM.” The investigation revealed a report “that a Certified Nursing Aide hurt [a resident] and that [the CNA] was unprofessional, disrespectful and had an attitude. The named CNA lowered the head of the bed and he asked [the CNA to raise the head of the bed. The CNA refused: he kept asking for [the CNA] to put the head of the bed up and the call light was out of reach and he could not call for help. He requested the named CNA not be a CNA anymore.”

The state surveyor took a statement from the CNA that revealed the CNA “was transferring the resident and cannot stop when he requested [the CNA] the stop. The statement concluded that the CNA told the resident he would not get pain medication later.” A review of counseling for the CNA dated 01/21/2015 indicated “it was [the CNA’s] final counseling and the CNA had received counseling two prior times.”

In a separate incident occurring on 12/14/2014 at 5:10 PM, another CNA “reported witnessing [a registered nurse] strike the resident across the face while administering medications. The CNA statement indicated [the CNA] spoke to the resident after the incident and the resident was visibly shaken.”

Even though the Nursing Home Administrator was made aware of the allegations of abuse, the Administrator “stated that the facility did not follow appropriate policy or protocol in the investigation [of the incident] he stated the nurse should have been suspended immediately.” The Administrator also commented “the facility did allow the accused to clock in and work on the floor at 11:00 AM the next morning.”

Our Fort Collins nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow policies to properly report and investigate every act of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of patients directly violates state and federal regulations and might be considered additional abuse or mistreatment of the resident.

Windsor Health Care Center
710 Third Street
Windsor, CO 80550
(970) 686-7474

A “For-Profit” 112-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That All Actions by the Nursing Staff Meet Professional Standards of Quality

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/10/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that services provided and arranged by the facility met professional standards.” This failure by the facility directly affected to residents.

The deficient practice was noted after a review of the resident’s chart with the facility’s Director of Nursing that confirmed “there was no telephone order documenting who pronounced the death, date or time of death or to release the body to the mortuary. [The Director of Nursing] stated there were should have been a telephone order which should have indicated pronouncement of death by whom, time of death in a telephone order documenting may release body to the mortuary. [The Director of Nursing] further stated there should be a telephone order for everything. Lastly, she stated the (local emergency responders) had notified their physician who then pronounced the death; however, the resident primary care physician should have been notified by the nurse and should have been documented on the telephone order.

Our Fort Collins / Windsor nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that a failure to follow policies and procedures could affect the care of all residents in the facility. The nursing staff and administrators at Windsor Health Care Center failed to follow their policies, especially the facility policy titled Physician’s Orders that reads in part “physician’s orders are obtained to provide clear direction regarding the care of the resident.” This deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment of residents.

Berthoud Living Center
855 Franklin Ave.
Berthoud, CO 80513
(970) 532-2683

A “For-Profit” 76-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/02/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “ensure the resident environment was free of accident hazards. Specifically, the facility failed to ensure a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) was installed in electrical outlets within six feet of a water source” and a failure “to repair to rusty jagged metal (sharp to the touch) portions/sections on the exterior laundry area doorframe.” The first failure directly affected six resident bathrooms out of 16 bathrooms in the facility’s West Hall.

The state surveyor conducted an environmental tour of the facility on 06/01/2015 and noted that six rooms “had electrical outlets connected to light fixtures directly over (within six feet) functional sinks (water source).” In addition, “the electrical outlets do not have the required Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in place to prevent electrical shock.” During the initial environmental tour, the surveyor also documented the observation of two rusty jagged metal sharp areas found on the laundry’s exterior door frame.

Our Berthoud elder neglect attorneys recognize the facility failed to follow their own June 2012 policy titled: Safety Team Committee Policy under Procedure #5: Monitor Compliance to safety requirements for the company and regulatory agencies such as centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, state departments of health, occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) local fire Marshal and joint commission accreditation of healthcare organizations (JCAHO) if applicable” which requires compliance with the Office of compliance Congressional accountability 2009 fact sheet that documents “ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is used to protect people from electrical shock hazards caused by malfunctioning electrical appliances. If a person using an effective electrical appliance and also touching a wet surface or very conductive service, the person could become part of the grounding pathway for the fault circuit. This condition can send a dangerous electrical shock to the body, causing serious electroshock or death.”

The deficient practice of not complying with electrical code might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident, especially if resident suffers serious harm, injuries or death as a result of the failure to comply.

Good Samaritan Society – Loveland Village
2101 South Garfield Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 669-3100

A “For-Profit” 104-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Adequate Supervision to Protect Residents from Resident to Resident Abuse

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/09/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure [2 residents at the facility] were provided a safe environment free of accidents and hazards.” The complaint investigation was initiated in part after an observation of the facility’s failure protect the victim of physical abuse caused by another resident by its failure “to provide oversight and interventions to protect [a resident] from the second attack.”

As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed the resident’s incident report involving the incident that witnessed “saw a resident entering [another resident’s] room, the Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA) went to remove [the resident] from the room; the CNA came walking out with [the resident] who presented agitated; CNA reported [the resident] grabbed [the other resident] around the neck and shook her.”

The CNA had stated “she intervened by trying to place herself between the two residents, that is when [the aggressive resident] took a swing at the CNA’s face with a closed fist – no contact made with CNA; after residents swung at CNA he turned and that is when he grabbed [the other resident] around the neck and shook her.” The resident who was assaulted stated to the CNA that the aggressive resident “entered her room and grabbed her wrist and he then said you are going to be my woman. Resident stated she then kicked him.”

The incident report indicates that the emergency medical services and local law enforcement were called. The injured resident was “transferred from the facility to the emergency department.”

Our Loveland nursing home abuse attorneys recognize it any failure by the staff to provide adequate supervision that protects residents from resident to resident abuse might be considered negligence or mistreatment. Additionally, it does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Good Samaritan Society – Loveland Village.

Sierra Vista Health Care Center
821 Duffield Court
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 669-0345

A “For-Profit” 114-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to follow protocols When Reporting and Investigating Any Active Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/18/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “follow procedures in regards to the investigation of abuse putting all residents at risk for abuse.” The deficient practice was noted after a review of records and staff/resident interviews by the state surveyor over an incident where the facility “failed to ensure that the facility’s floor technician (FT) who was named in an allegation of verbal abuse by [a resident at the facility] was suspended until the completion of the investigation to ensure the safety of all residents.”

An interview was conducted with the resident on 03/12/2015 at 10:10 AM regarding her care. “When asked if anyone in the building had ever abused her, the resident answered that someone had. She stated that the person was one of the housekeeping staff and that she had asked him to clean her floor and he yelled at her to shut her mouth, old lady. The resident stated that she informed another facility staff about the incident and confirmed that she felt that that was abusive.”

At the conclusion of the interview, the state surveyor notified the Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) of the allegation of abuse. Within hours, an interview was conducted with the facility’s District Clinical Director (DCD) and the Nursing Home Administrator who indicated “she had initiated an abuse investigation based on the report about [the abused resident] and that she was conducting staff interviews about the incident, the housekeeping supervisor informed her that she had a concern form about the incident and she had not forwarded it to the Administrator. The concern form indicated that the staff member involved in the allegation was the floor technician and that the housekeeping manager had spoken him.” However, the concern form was never given to the administration.

Our Loveland nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow specific protocols to report and investigate any allegation of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents might be considered additional neglect or abuse, especially if the alleged abuser is allowed to continue to have access to the abused resident.

Spring Creek Health Care Center
1000 East Stuart St.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 482-5712

A “For-Profit” 138-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Level of Care to Ensure That Every Resident Maintains Dignity and Respect for Their Individuality

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/17/2014, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “provide care for residents in a manner and in an environment that maintained or enhanced each resident’s dignity and respect in full recognition of his or her individuality.” The deficient practice was noted after an observation by state surveyor that the facility “failed to address the report of [the resident] interviewed regarding dignity and respect of staff being rude, dismissive and unresponsive to her request for assistance.” The failures of the facility “contributed to [the resident] feeling ignored and disrespected.”

The resident “further indicated a female CNA spoke to her in a loud voice and a nurse who worked with her during the night shift had been rude to her by telling her that they were sick of taking care of her so she should go to the bathroom in the bed and they would clean up later. She said the nurse had worked with her on the night before last, but the CNA had not worked with her for the past two night shifts.” The resident had reported that she “did not like the staff telling her that she did not understand things correctly. She reported that she did not believe she misunderstood the situation but, rather, that the staff was ignoring her concerns.”

Our Fort Collins nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure by the facility to maintain the resident’s dignity and respect of individuality might be considered abuse or mistreatment. In addition, it does not follow the established procedures and policies adopted by Spring Creek Health Care Center, specifically the policy titled: Resident Dignity & Personal Privacy Policy and Procedure that reads in part “the facility provides care for residents in a manner that respects and enhances each resident’s dignity, individuality and right to personal privacy.”

Intervening to Stop Neglect and Abuse Occurring in Nursing Homes

Recognizing that a loved one has been neglect or abuse while living in a nursing facility is extremely disturbing. Unfortunately, many family members and friends deal with the mistreatment of a parent, grandparent or spouse receiving substandard care while living in a nursing facility. Often times, the elderly, disabled or rehabilitating resident is at their most vulnerable point in their lives and no longer have the capacity to defend themselves against nursing staff or other residents causing harm.

Typically, the surest way to stop neglect and abuse from happening in a nursing facility is to intervene as your loved one’s advocate by speaking up and telling the proper authorities what is going on. However, identifying signs of abuse and neglect can be challenging. In many incidences, even the resident’s physician is unaware or does not detect less obvious signs of mistreatment.

The most common symptoms and signs of neglect and abuse occurring in a nursing home involve:

  • Cuts, marks or bruises on the ankles, wrists and abdomen that might be an indicator that the nursing staff is using physical restraints
  • An unexpected sudden loss of weight that might be caused by malnutrition, dehydration or lack of medical care to detect a serious medical condition;
  • Any pressure sore, bedsore, decubitus ulcer pressure ulcer that developed after the resident was admitted to the nursing home
  • Overmedication where the staff is using drugs to sedate the resident as a restraint;
  • Any sign of visible anger or unusual depression
  • Signs of sexual assault including bruising around the genital area or a newly discovered sexually transmitted disease

If your spouse, parent or grandparent presents any signs or symptoms listed above, it is crucial to take immediate legal action to stop the harm now. Typically, family members facing the uphill battle of dealing with abusive or neglectful situations will hire a personal injury attorney to serve as their legal advocate. Having a lawyer on your side provides various options to hold those who cause your loved one harm financially and legally accountable.

Obtaining Legal Representation

The Fort Collins nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can legally intervene on your behalf to ensure that your loved one’s rights are protected and that their health and well-being are guarded against further attack. Our team of dedicated central Colorado elder abuse lawyers can build your case for financial compensation to ensure you receive adequate recompense for the damages, injuries and losses you have endured.

Contact our Larimer County nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation free full case evaluation. All information you share with us remains confidential. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, nursing home abuse cases and personal injury claims through a contingency fee arrangement. This means we provide all legal representation, advice and counsel immediately without you paying any upfront fee.

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