Our Columbus nursing home abuse lawyers have seen a significant rise in the number of civil and criminal cases involving mistreatment, neglect and abuse in nursing facilities throughout Georgia. While the substantial rise is alarming, the volumes of cases likely do not include other incidences of abuse and neglect never reported to the proper authorities. This is because many victims of physical assault, verbal abuse, mistreatment or negligence by other residents or caregivers are afraid to speak out or unsure of what to do.
Of the more than 185,000 residents living within the Columbus Georgia city limits, nearly 20,000 are senior citizens. The number of elderly individuals is significantly higher if the residents of Muscogee County are counted, including senior citizens who live in Phenix City, Box Springs, Fort Benning, Smiths Station, Bibb City and Landonia.
The rising number of elders living in Muscogee County has placed a significant demand for more beds in nursing facilities, assisted-living homes and rehabilitation centers statewide. However, many nursing home administrators are unable to hire enough qualified nursing professionals including RNs, LPNs and CNAs to ensure that every resident’s health and hygiene needs are met. Because of a lack of proper staffing in overcrowded nursing facilities has resulted in increasing numbers of neglect and abuse of residents requiring high-quality care.
Columbus Georgia Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Columbus nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have legally represented many nursing home residents to ensure their rights to dignity and respect are protected. Our Georgia elder abuse attorneys have reviewed numerous facilities throughout the Columbus area using information pulled from national databases including Medicare.gov. Our Muscogee County nursing home lawyers post this information to assist families who must place a loved one in the hands of professional caregivers in their community.
Comparing Columbus Area Nursing Facilities
Our Columbus Florida nursing home attorneys post the list below outlining nursing homes throughout Muscogee County that currently maintain average to below average ratings. Our lawyers have detailed there is primary concerns that include a lack of quality care, failure to prevent infections from spreading, incidences of abuse and failure to ensure that the facility remain sanitary.
Azalea Trace Nursing Center
910 Talbotton Road
Columbus, GA 31904
A “Not-For-Profit” 110-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Enforce Programs That Investigate, Control and Maintain Infections from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/18/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that staff sanitize their hands between serving residents’ meal trays on two floors and in one dining room during three dining observations with 88 residents receiving oral alimentation [(nourishment)].” The deficient practice was noted after a 06/18/2015 7:45 AM observation of breakfast trays being passed on the first floor. The observation revealed a CNA removing “a tray from a cart and delivered to a resident’s room. [The CNA] was then observed setting up the tray which included removing the lid on the plate and using the utensils to prepare the food. After leaving the room, [the CNA] was then observed removing another tray without using a hand sanitizer [and then] knocked on another resident’s door, and deliver the tray to the resident.” The CNA then removed the third tray and took it to the bed table of another resident before walking “to the side of the bed and placed both of his/her hands on the resident’s shoulders and repositioned resident. [The CNA] then picked up the bed control repositioned the bed [and] without using any hand sanitizer, was in observed to set up the resident’s breakfast tray, removing the lid, opened the milk, opened and touched the straw at both ends and in the middle and then placed the straw in the cup.”
A 06/18/2015 9 AM interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing “revealed she had in-serviced all the CNAs the first week in June and that she expected staff to wash or sanitize hands before and after resident contact.”
Our Columbus elder abuse attorneys recognize any failure to follow established protocols and procedures to prevent the spread of infection throughout the facility might be considered negligence or mistreatment of residents. Additionally, the deficient practice violates many rules and regulations enforced by nursing home regulating agencies.
Canterbury Health Care Facility
1720 Knowles Rd.
Phenix City AL 36869
A “For-Profit” 137-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act of Abuse or Mistreatment of Residents at the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/17/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure an active physical abuse that occurred on 11/06/2015 involving [a resident] and another resident was reported to the State Agency.”
The complaint investigation was initiated after the state surveyor reviewed a resident’s departmental notes dated 11/06/2015 10:30 PM that revealed “at approximately 3:50 PM resident had physical altercation with another resident. The resident had just gotten up off the couch and while in a chair ran into the other resident’s foot, resident then was struck in the face by the other resident. No bruises noted, sponsor notified did not voice much concern. Dr. Brown was notified. Resident is currently on every hour checks, will pass oncoming nurse to continue to monitor.”
The state surveyor then conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing on 12/17/2015 at 10:55 AM, where the Director was asked “if she remembered [the resident].” The Director of Nursing said yes and was then asked “if she was aware of an incident between [that resident] and another resident” which he answered yes. The Director was then asked “how she became aware of the incident” where she indicated a nurse the facility had let her know. When asked “if she reported the incident to the state agency” she replied “no.”
Our Phenix City nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to report and investigate any act of abuse in a nursing facility might be considered mistreatment, neglect or additional abuse of the resident. In addition, our elder abuse lawyers recognize that the nursing staff and administration failed to follow their own policies involving abuse and neglect that includes “abuse by any other person, including but not limited to other residents […] the facility’s policy requires that it report all incidences of abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident properties, and injuries of unknown source that might indicate abuse or neglect as required by state and federal law.”
Parkwood Health Care Facility
3301 Stadium Dr.
Phenix City AL 36867
(334) To 97-0237
A “For-Profit” 74-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Follow Protocol That Investigates, Controls and Maintains Infection from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/02/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure to CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants) change their contaminated gloves after providing incontinent care to [a resident] before touching the resident’s clean adult brief and bed linen on 02/11/2015.” This deficient practice affected a resident in the facility observed for incontinent care.
After an observation by the state surveyor of a failure to follow protocols, the investigator conducted a 02/12/2015 3 PM interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who was asked “what should the CNAs or anyone providing incontinent care do with their contaminated gloves before touching clean items. [The Director of Nursing] replied, ‘They should remove their gloves and wash their hands or use hand sanitizers before applying new gloves.’ The surveyor asked could this cause cross-contamination. [The Director of Nursing] replied ‘Yes’.”
Our Phoenix city Alabama elder abuse lawyers recognize any failure to follow protocols and procedures to prevent the spread of infection that could harm one or more residents might be considered negligence or mistreatment. Additionally, the deficient practice does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Parkwood Health Care Facility and violates federal and state nursing home regulations.
Magnolia Manor of Columbus Nursing Center – East
2010 Warm Springs Rd.
Columbus, GA 31904
A “For-Profit” 210-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Perform Adequate Maintenance and Housekeeping Services to Ensure Residents Are Provided a Sanitary, Orderly and Comfortable Interior
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/22/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “provide effective housekeeping and maintenance services to maintain a sanitary, orderly and comfortable interior.” This deficient practice directly affected eight residents at the facility.”
The deficient practice was noted after the state surveyor’s observation in Hall 217/218 where it was noted to have “excessive black substance build up along the hall baseboard and doorway corners entrance.” Additionally, observation of room 242 noted that there was “rusty air-conditioner vents, stained and dirty grout in the bathroom.” Further observation of room 247 noted that “shower light not working, bathroom with build up brown material on the floor at the base of the toilet assist rails.”
The state surveyor conducted a follow-up observation of halls and resident’s rooms “with Maintenance Director and Housekeeping on 10/22/2015 at 10:00 AM through 10:30 AM [where the rooms and areas noted above] continue to remain in the same condition. The Maintenance Director and Housekeeper Supervisor acknowledged that the repairs and the cleaning was needed for extra areas and rooms and that they were working to put a new system in place.”
Our Columbus nursing home neglect lawyers recognize that any failure to provide proper levels of maintenance and housekeeping services can place the health and well-being of residents in jeopardy. The deficient practice of allowing the facility to become unsanitary, disorderly and uncomfortable might be considered negligence or mistreatment residents and does not follow the established policies and procedures adopted by Magnolia Manor of Columbus Nursing Center – East.
Stopping Neglect and Abuse Harming a Loved One
The thought of a loved one being neglected or abused in a nursing facility can be disturbing. Unfortunately, many families face these challenges every day when a parent, grandparent or spouse is receiving substandard care while residing in a Georgia nursing facility. The cases involving harm caused by the unacceptable behavior of caregivers and other residents have increased at an alarming rate. Sadly, many families are unaware that the abuse and neglect is occurring until long after their loved one has suffered serious harm. This is often because they do not detect often obvious signs that neglect or abuse is occurring. The most common signs and symptoms include:
- Sudden unexplainable weight loss
- Pressure sores acquired after admittance to the facility
- Overmedication or over-sedation by the nursing staff in an effort to chemically restrain the resident
- Unexplained broken bones, bruising or fractures that might be the result of physical assault or lack of supervision that leads to a fall
- Bruises and marks on the arms, hands, legs and ankles that might indicate signs of physical restraint using belts, harnesses or other material
- Signs of dehydration and malnutrition where the resident is not provided adequate liquids and nourishment
- A loved one who was visibly depressed or angry
- Signs of quiet apprehension or intense fear when nursing staff or other residents are in view
If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms of abuse and neglect, it is your duty as your loved one’s advocate to speak out and take action immediately. Many families choose to hire a personal injury attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases to work on their behalf as a legal advocate to stop the unacceptable behavior now.
Hiring Legal Representation
Filing a claim or lawsuit to receive financial recompense against the nursing facility can be complicated. Because of that, many choose to hire a skilled attorney who understands comprehensive Georgia tort law. The quick action by an attorney who is skilled in abuse cases can stop the harm against your loved one immediately.
The Columbus nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent many victims of mistreatment, neglect or abuse while living in a nursing facility. Our Georgia nursing home attorneys can offer numerous legal options to move your case forward by investigating your claim, building a solid case and negotiating your claim your financial compensation.
In many incidences, quick action is required. Because of that, we urge you to contact our Columbus elder abuse law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free case evaluation. All information you share with our law firm will remain confidential. We accept nursing home abuse cases, wrongful death lawsuits and personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means all of our fees are paid only after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement or from your jury award after we represent you in a successful nursing home abuse lawsuit.
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