Indianapolis, Indiana Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Indianapolis Nursing Home Neglect AttorneysOut of a population of more than 835,000, Indianapolis is home to approximately 90,000 senior citizens within the city limits, and nearly double that in the surrounding suburbs. The number of elderly citizens has risen significantly over the last few decades as many more baby boomers hit average retirement age. Because of that, there has been an increased demand for the number of nursing facility beds statewide. This increase places a heavy burden on nursing homes, and medical professionals in charge of providing high quality care to every resident within their facility. Unfortunately, due to understaffing, lack of training or unprofessional behavior, many nursing home residents have become victims of substandard care and unethical practices.

Indianapolis, Indiana Nursing Home Safety Concerns

Vetting a nursing facility for family members who must place a loved one in a nursing home, assisted living center or rehabilitation facility within the Indianapolis Metropolitan area, searching for red flags can be especially challenging even if there are various ethical, safe nursing facilities in the community. This is because there are many horror stories of neglect and abuse to elders in nursing homes nationwide. In many incidences, the resident becomes a victim to substandard care, neglectful or untrained staff, or assault at the hands of other residents.

The nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are fully aware that many nursing facilities in Indiana have a history of violations. We understand that every license nursing facility is regulated by private and public agencies at both federal and state levels. Even so, there are numerous less than scrupulous facilities providing services in the nursing home industry. However, the valuable information gleaned from online research can assist families seeking nursing facilities with a high reputation of providing above standard care.

Many of these facilities have high staff turnover because of a lack of training and adequate supervision. Other facilities simply lack the amount of staff necessary to fulfill the needs of their residents. Some nursing home administrators do not take the time necessary to do a full and complete background check before hiring a nurse, CNA (certified nursing assistant), LPN (licensed practical nurse) or other employees who might have a history of abuse, mistreatment and neglect at their place a former employment.

Comparing Indianapolis Nursing Facilities

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC published update publicly available information gathered from a variety of sources including Medicare.gov that detail safety concerns at nursing facilities nationwide. The list below contains information on nursing facilities throughout the Indianapolis Metropolitan area that maintain one and two star ratings out of five possible stars in the Medicare star summary system. Some of these issues are serious and have caused direct harm to one or more residents at their facility.

Alpha Home – A Waters Community
2640 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222
(317) 923-1518

A “Non-Profit” 86-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating –  1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Adequate Standards of Care to Prevent the Progression of Existing Bedsore

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/04/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure to “implement recommended pressure reducing devices to promote healing and prevention of pressure ulcers for [a resident at the facility].” This notation of the failure is in response to an observation on 07/30/2015 where a resident “was observed lying on her bed on a standard mattress. Her wheel chair was observed to have a thin, standard wheelchair cushion. The bed and wheelchair were not observed to have pressure reducing devices in place. This is in direct violation with federal and state standards of care and the updated policies at the facility.

Castleton Health Care Center
7630 E. 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46256
(317) 845-0032

A “Non-Profit” -109 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Services to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections and Restore Normal Bladder Function

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 9/12/14, a notation by a state surveyor is made of the facility’s failure “to provide catheter care to a resident resulting in hospitalization for urosepsis and a UTI (urinary tract infection) for [a resident at the facility].” Even though the nursing staff at the facility receive the proper admission orders concerning treatment of a admitting resident’s catheter care they were never implemented or written down. In addition, the facility failed to ensure that the resident’s care plan had the original hospital discharge orders concerning the catheter care. The lack of necessary standard of care could be considered negligence that resulted in hospitalizing the resident to be treated for a UTI and urosepsis.

Harcourt Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation
8181 Harcourt Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 872-7261

A “Non-Profit” 110-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of Bedsores or Heal Any Existing One

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/14/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure a dependent resident did not develop pressure areas, in that when a resident was identified as requiring extensive assistance upon staff for areas of Activities of Daily Living, including turning, bed mobility and repositioning, the nursing staff failed to immediately identify areas of bruising (deep tissue injury) to the resident’s lower legs and feet.” This failure resulted in unnecessary pressure ulcers for a resident in the facility. This is in direct violation of federal and state protocols and regulations that require effective measures to be taken to prevent the development of facility-acquired bedsores.

Highland Manor Healthcare
2926 N. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 926-0254

A government owned and operated 52-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Basic Standards of Care to Maintain the Health and Well-Being of Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/04/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure residents with impaired range of motion received range of motion.” This failure affected one resident at the facility who “had contractures and did not receive range of motion (ROM) service or wear a splint.” This is in direct violation to ensure the health and well-being of all residents in the facility, according to state and federal rules, regulations and protocols.

LAKEVIEW MANOR
45 Beachway Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46224
(317) 243-3721

A government owned and operated 184-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Clean, Comfortable and Safe Environment for the Public, Staff and Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/27/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure water stains, water leaks, and peeling drywall were repaired promptly for residents’ rooms, hallways, therapy, laundry, and the medication room.” This failure was “noted during two observation tours of the facility.” The complaint investigation was opened after observation of dark stain spots on the ceiling, in front of fire doors and in an enclosed outdoor patio area. Additional observations of hazardous areas appeared in the “ceiling across the hall from the oxygen storage room.”

Lawrence Manor Healthcare Center
8935 E. 46th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46226
(317) 898-1515

A “For Profit” 55-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Protect Every Resident and Environment From of Abuse and Physical Punishment

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/15/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure a resident was protected from physical abuse by a staff member.” This complaint investigation was opened in response to the facility’s “Reportable Incident form filed with the Indiana State Department of Health Long Term Care by the facility Administrator on 9/23/15.” The form noted an incident occurring when the morning quality management administrator “was making rounds she found [a resident] was not dressed, he was soaked, sheets pads [sic] wet. The resident was very angry stated the skinny ‘bi .h” came in here and went crazy. The resident stated he was told his breath [sic] stinks. The resident stated he was hit in the head with water pitcher and items thrown at him.”

Altenheim Health & Living Community
3525 E. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46237
(317) 788-4261

A “For Profit 87-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Properly Treat a Diabetic Resident Requiring Insulin to Prevent Degradation of the Existing Condition

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/28/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure physician’s orders for medications were followed for [a resident].” This complaint investigation is in response to a resident at the facility requiring insulin to treat diabetes. As per the doctor’s orders, the resident is to receive “24 units twice a day and an order for [another medication].” However, in a review of the resident’s Medication Administration Record, it was noted that the Director of Nursing was unaware of what happened and “why the resident’s medications were unavailable. She further indicated that she was the new DON and had started an investigation and also began inservicing the nurses.” The failure to provide adequate medication as prescribed is in direct violation with state and federal rules and regulations along with the nursing home policies that should be enforced at the facility.

Clearvista Lake Health Campus
8405 Clearvista Pl.
Indianapolis, IN 46256
(317) 578-7500

A “For Profit” 70-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Developing Bedsores and Additional Treatment to Heal Facility-Acquired Pressure Sores

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/10/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure a resident who was without pressure sores did not develop pressure sores, as evidenced by a resident who was admitted without pressure sores, and while in the facility develop pressure sores of the coccyx, right buttock, left buttock, left outer foot, left ankle, and right heel.” This failure at the facility directly impacted one resident. Additionally, a notation is made as part of the complaint investigation that all “Discrepancies in implementing of care approaches and interventions should be corrected immediately by teaching, training and/or disciplinary action when warranted.”

Decatur Township Center
4851 Tincher Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46221
(317) 856-4851

A government owned and operated 88-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Store, Cook and Serve Food in a Clean and Safe Manner

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/18/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure residents who ate food prepared in the kitchen received food prepared, distributed and served under sanitary conditions.” The findings of the failure involve the lack of using proper care restraints including hair coverings, hats and nets to be worn in an effective manner to ensure that hair and facial hair does not come into contact exposure with food being prepared and served from the kitchen. This deficient practice has the potential of affecting every resident in the facility.

Fairway Village
2630 S. Keystone Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
(317) 787-8951

A government owned and operated 53-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Standards of Care and Assistance to Assess, Monitor and Intervene Significant Weight Loss of a Resident Requiring Assistance

in a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/16/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure resident with decreased appetite, receive adequate nutrition monitoring intervention to prevent a significant weight loss of 8.7%.” This failure directly affected one resident at the facility. The complaint investigation concerns a resident “assessed to have swallowing difficulties, needing assistance with food and fluids and on nectar thick liquids to prevent aspiration of fluid in the lungs.”

According to the resident’s admission MDS (minimum data set) assessment indicated that “the resident was severely cognitively impaired” weighing 172 pounds on admission. However, the resident showed a significant weight loss of 8.7% within the first 30 days after admission. When the administrator was interviewed concerning the weight loss, “she indicated there were no interventions put in place for the resident’s decrease meal consumption. The nutrition at risk team should have been monitoring this resident and notifying the physician.”

Golden Living Center – Brookview
7145 E. 21st St.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 356-0977

A government owned and operated 136-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Adequately Assess and Monitor a Resident Known to Be in Elopement Risk Who Then Eloped from the Premises

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/20/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure facility policies and procedures were followed to ensure the safety of a resident who was an identified elope risk.” This failure affected one resident at the facility directly. The complaint investigation is opened in response to a report through the Indiana State Department of Health of an elopement of a resident of the facility “who was identified to be an elopement risk. The report indicated that on 10/15/15 at 11:45 PM, [the resident] was identified as missing from the facility. The report indicates the Executive Director, Director of Nursing Services, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police were notified. A search was instituted, the [resident’s guardian] was contacted and attempts were made to contact [the family of the resident].

The Executive Director of the facility “indicated both family and police had indicated [the resident] had an established pattern of disappearing and fraternizing with the homeless and street people of the Near East Side of Indianapolis, and he would typically be gone until his resources ran out. The [Executive Director] indicated staff had not follow facility policy and procedure in not providing a Roam Guard device for a resident known to be an elopement risk, not maintaining awareness of his presence, not promptly instituting a search and not notifying management when he was first noted to be missing from the facility.”

Greenwood Health and Living Community
937 Fry Rd.
Greenwood, IN 46142
(317) 881-3535

A “For- Profit 117-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols on Allegations of Abuse at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/12/2014, a surveyor made a notation concerning the facility’s failure “to ensure implementation of their abuse prevention policy in regards to immediately reporting to the state survey and certification agency and investigating an allegation of mistreatment [against a resident at the facility].” This is in response to an interview and record review where a resident responded “I was physically abuse last weekend when asked if staff, resident or anyone else here abuses you verbally, physically or sexually.

When questioned, the resident indicated she told Physical Therapist (PT) during her weekend treatment she could not do anything with her left leg, but he went ahead and started exercises. The [facility’s] therapist was told to stop exercises because it hurt, but he did not stop exercising my leg. It hurt so bad I started crying and when I started crying, the therapist stop. The therapist would not listen.” The allegation of abuse was first noted on 12/1/2014 when the resident “reported a physical therapy care issue to the staff. During a 12/1/2014 interview with the SSD (Social Service Director) concerning the complaint/allegation, the resident “denied the therapist intentionally wanted to harm her and denied the therapist abuse anyway. The administrator felt the incident was not abuse and did not reported.”

However, the 8/21/2013 policies and procedures on Abuse Prevention currently used by the facility, includes a variety of “directives that all reports of resident abuse, neglect and injuries of unknown source shall be immediately and thoroughly investigated by facility management and when an alleged or suspected case of mistreatment, neglect or injuries of an unknown source, or abuse is reported, the facility administrator or [their] designee, will notify the following persons or agencies of such an incident when applicable. Policy indicated facility should notify the state licensing/certification agency responsible for surveying/licensing the facility immediately.” Failure to follow protocols is in direct violation with state and federal laws.

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab – Greenwood
377 Westridge Blvd.
Greenwood, IN 46142
(317) 888-4948

A “For Profit” 88-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Adequately Maintain Drug Records at Acceptable Professional Level

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/25/2014, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure narcotic counts were complete and accurate for four out of 10 medication carts [at the facility].” This notation is made because of an observation, interview or record review indicating that there were missing signatures and counts of medication kept in storage and on medication carts including those maintained by the night shift, day shift and evening shift. This failure to maintain accurate drug records and properly label/mark drugs and other similar products is considered unacceptable professional standards.

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab-Wildwood
7301 E. 16th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 353-1290

A government owned and operated 160-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Resident Insulin in a Timely Manner before the Consumption of Food to Ensure Its Safe Use and Efficieny

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/16/2014, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure “to administer insulin close to a resident’s mealtime as recommended by pharmacy guidelines for [a resident at the facility].” This notation is made in reference to indications that an LPN at the facility “indicated she administered four units of [a brand-name insulin medication] to a resident at around 11:30 AM on 10/15/2014. However, the resident “had not received her lunch meal as of [12:41 PM the same day].” By 1:10 PM that same day, the resident “was observed eating lunch in her room.” However, according to procedures, protocol and manufacturers recommendations, the medication “should be given no more than 20 minutes or so before meals.” This information was discussed with the Director of Nursing who “indicated the facility would consider it a medication error if a nurse gave [that medication] more than an hour before the resident was to eat. This medication error could be considered negligence on part of the medical team at the facility.

Lynhurst Healthcare
5225 W. Morris St.
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 381-9405

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocol When Restraining a Resident Using Straps and Lap Tray Restraints

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/18/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure a resident with a physical restraint was assisted in maintaining the highest practical level of physical well-being, in that a resident was not repositioned or released from a restraint as indicated by the resident’s care plan and facility policy.” This notation is made “during a continuous observation on 6/17/15 from 11:10 AM to 1:40 PM, which included a meal service, [a resident] was observed not to be released from his lap tray restraint nor repositioned in his wheelchair. He sat in the hallway, at times with his head down, right foot dangling off the foot rest, and at times with his head up looking around.”

During an interview concerning the event, the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) on duty at the time noted that the resident “got up in the morning for breakfast and stayed in the wheel chair with a lap tray until after lunch. She indicated the staff did not take the resident to bed or back to his room until after lunch and other than talking to him, did not do anything else for him.”

The Executive Director of the facility noted during an interview that the policy for restraints indicates “all monitoring of a person with a restraint must be documented. A patient who is restrained must be released and repositioned at least every two hours. If your patient has any type of physical restraint, he has to be visually checked hourly and remove the restraint at least every two hours. While it is off, assess, turn, repositioned and toilet the patient.” The negligent actions of the nursing staff are in direct violation with state and federal laws and the policies that should be enforced at the facility.

Madison Health Care Center
7465 Madison Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 788-3000

A “For- Profit” 130-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Adequate Supervision to Ensure Residents Are Free from Abuse

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/14/2014, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure resident was protected from abuse according to the facility policy which resulted in the resident sustaining a bloodied lip.” This complaint investigation was in response to a 4/1/15 incident when another resident “reported she thought she overheard her roommate’s son slap her roommate.” Additionally, “a reportable incident dated 4/2/15, indicated [the roommate’s] son return the next day and was visibly upset regarding his mother’s refusal to eat and then squeezed her mouth open, causing it to bleed. Staff asked resident son to leave and the Administrator and Director of Nursing (DON) were notified immediately.”

MARQUETTE
8140 Township Line Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 875-9700

A “Non-Profit 96-certified bed Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Necessary Care and Services to Maintain the Highest Well-Being of Every Resident

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/28/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure bowel movements (BMs) were monitored and assessments were completed for seven [residents at the facility]. This deficit practice resulted in [a resident] developing an 11 centimeter fecal impaction, which required three days to disimpact with multiple interventions and hospitalization. This deficit practice, also resulted in [another resident] being hospitalized due to diarrhea stools.”

Plainfield Health Care Center
3700 Clarks Creek Rd.
Plainfield, IN 46168
(317) 839-6577

A “Non-Profit” 189-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Act on Complaints Made by Residents or Family Groups to Ensure the Highest Well-Being of the Facility’s Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/14/2015, the state surveyor made a notation outline of the facility’s failure “to follow up on residents’ call lights for three out of nine months of resident Council minutes reviewed.” This is in response to an observation, investigation or review of a record that showed that follow up forms reviewed between August 2014 and April 2015 indicate that dirty water pictures that were listed on the original follow-up form were not being changed as a current or continued problem on multiple dates between August 2014 and March 2015. In addition, no plans of action were recorded. The minutes also included notations of dirty wheelchairs not being cleaned as a current or continued problems between 10/03/2014 and 02/06/2015. The record also lists call lights not being answered as a current or continued problem between 12/5/14 and 4/3/15 without any follow-up plan of action developed and implemented.

PYRAMID POINT POST-ACUTE REHABILITATION CENTER
8530 Township Line Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 876-9955

A “For-Profit” 135-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Necessary Protocols to Ensure Leaking Catheters Do Not Cause Moisture Associated Skin Damage

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 0/18/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure a resident who had an indwelling catheter receive the necessary care to ensure there were no complications related to the catheter use, in that when the nursing staff were aware of the resident’s anchored catheter leaked causing wetness, they failed to ensure the resident did not acquire Moisture Associated Skin Damage.” This deficit practice directly affected one resident at the facility who then acquired three areas of moisture associated skin damage which included one area with yellow drainage and slough.

The complaint investigation was also opened due to an interview and review of the facility and its failure “to ensure laboratory services were provided as ordered by the physician, and that when a resident had a history of urinary tract infections, and displayed signs and symptoms of a current urinary tract infection, the facility failed to follow doctor’s orders. During further interview that same day the Director of Nursing indicates she check the status of the urinalysis and culture and sensitivity and called the local laboratory. She further indicated the requisition was filled out incorrectly and the testing was not performed. The laboratory staff indicated they did not have enough urine to run the test for urinalysis and culture sensitivity.” This failure was in part because of the nurse not filling out the requisition correctly.

Spring Mill Meadows
2140 W. 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 872-7211

A government owned and operated 130-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/27/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to contact a specialty care physician’s office for further wound treatment and/or wound care orders, after resident had an office visit, outside the facility and failed to follow policy for one observation and documentation for [the resident].” As a result, the deficit practice caused the resident to be “admitted to the hospital for intravenous antibiotics for [their diagnosed condition].” The nurse wound care notes for 6/18/2015 indicated (the resident) had gangrene to scrotum after penile implant revision.

Springhurst Health Campus
628 N. Meridian Rd.
Greenfield, IN 46140
(317) 462-7067

A government owned and operated 74-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Minimal Basic Assistance to Meet the Needs of the Residents Hygiene Requirements

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/04/2015, a state investigator made a notation over the facility’s failure “to assist with oral care for a resident dependent on staff for oral care. As a result of the failure, the resident’s needs for dental status and services were not met. This is in response to a 7/29/15 observation where a resident was noted as having “lower teeth were heavy with debris and upper her upper dentures were hanging down from the roof and moving when she spoke. Interviewing the family members, the surveyor noted that anytime “they would visit [the resident] her dentures were loose.” During an interview “with the Director of Health Services (DHS) on 8/3/15 at 5:10 PM, indicated it was the aides and the nurses’ responsibility to ensure residents’ dentures were clean and denture cream was applied to dentures for residents who were unable to do this for themselves independently.” Failure to provide minimum hygiene care to the residents might be considered mistreatment or neglect.

Sugar Creek Rehabilitation and Convalescent Center
5430 W. US 40
Greenfield, IN 46140
(317) 894-3301

A “for-profit” 60-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Documentation Protocol Avoid Jeopardizing the Health and Well-Being of the Resident

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/14/2014, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to promptly notify a physician of out of range blood glucose results for [a resident] reviewed for lab notification.” This notification was made because the resident’s “Physician notification, of the above blood glucose results, was not located in the clinical record.” When prompted, the Director of Nursing “indicated he was unable to locate any physician notification of the above glucose results.” Failure to accurately document the resident’s condition might be considered negligence that places the health and well-being of the resident in jeopardy.

University Heights Health and Living Community
1380 E. County Line Rd. S.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 885-7050

A “For-Profit” 176-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Assistance to Residents Requiring Assistance for Drinking, Eating, Grooming, Oral and Personal Hygiene

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/02/2015, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure activities of daily living (ADLs) services were provided for care of fingernails, facial hair and oral care on [2 residents who required assistance].” This notation is made in response to multiple reviews and observations including one where residents suffering with diabetes and prone to infection “was observed to have very long nails on his left hand. There appear to be dirt under the nails. The resident indicated his nails, needed some work. An admission Minimum Data Set assessment, dated 6/26/15, indicate the resident needed extensive assistance of one staff member for personal hygiene.” Failure to provide minimal assistance to meet the needs of any resident at the facility might be considered negligence if it places the resident’s health at risk.

Looking for Signs of Neglect, Abuse and Mistreatment

Most families believe that nursing homes are a frightening, lonely place for old people to simply go and die. However, this cultural concept tends to be a misperception. This is because many nursing facilities nationwide have created pleasant environments filled with quality staff who are highly trained providing the best medical care and hygiene assistance. This is important because more senior adults than ever before now require round-the-clock medical care and assistance after a surgery, accident or injury or health event including a heart attack or stroke.

That said, many nursing home residents become the victims of worsening medical conditions caused by neglect or mistreatment by one or more caregivers.

Obvious signs of nursing home abuse will involve:

  • Physical assault displayed through bruising, broken bones and lacerations
  • Sexual assault caused by staff members or other residents
  • Psychological abuse caused by verbal assault by staff or residents
  • Financial exploitation were a resident’s property and money are stolen by others
  • Gross neglect

The less obvious signs of neglect, mistreatment and abuse are often caused by various factors including:

  • Medication mismanagement where an error causes a significant change in the resident’s health condition
  • Ineffective healthcare caused by improper documentation, lack of supervision
  • Access to accidental hazards such as slippery floors, broken handrails and failing equipment (i.e. wheelchairs, walkers etc.)
  • Improper storage and preparation of food served on the premises
  • Inappropriately train staff members
  • Failure to follow proven protocols to minimize the potential spread of infections throughout the facility

If you suspect your loved one has suffered abuse, mistreatment or neglect at the hands of caregivers, visitors or other residents at any nursing facility in Indiana, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our team of dedicated Indianapolis nursing home neglect attorneys can take immediate legal steps to stop the harm now. In addition, our experienced lawyers can file a claim for compensation on your behalf to hold those at fault for your damages legally and financially responsible.

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