Akron Ohio Nursing Homes Abuse Lawyer

Akron Elder Abuse LawyerOut of the nearly 200,000 residents living in Akron, more than 24,000 have reached their retirement age. The number of senior citizens in the area more than doubles when the population of surrounding communities is considered. In fact, there are more elderly citizens in the Akron area than ever before which has placed a significant burden on assisted-living centers, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities all throughout Northeast Ohio.

Akron Ohio Nursing Facility Safety Concerns

The number of limited rooms has made it more difficult for adult children facing the dilemma of placing their parent or grandparent in a facility that provides quality long term care. Choosing the best home can be challenging and making the wrong decision could be devastating on a loved one if they are physically, mentally or emotionally impacted by abuse, neglect or mistreatment by caregivers or other residents at the facility.

The Akron nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understands the difficulty of selecting the best nursing facility. This is because many nursing facilities, even those who participate in Medicare and Medicaid funding often fail their surveys and investigations, have numerous complaints filed against them by surveyors, family members and the victims themselves. Because of that, we post publicly available information concerning nursing facilities all throughout Ohio. Many families use this information to make an informed decision before turning over their loved one’s health and hygiene needs to professionals.

Comparing Akron Area Nursing Facilities

The list below contains detailed information on some nursing facilities in the Akron area. The data was gathered by our Akron elder abuse lawyers from numerous sites including the comparison published on the federal website Medicare.gov. These facilities below all maintain an overall one or two star rating out of five possible stars. Their low ratings often involve safety concerns, open investigations or serious problems involving ongoing incidences or isolated circumstances.

Information on Ohio Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

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

Green Meadows Health & Wellness Center
7770 Columbus Road NE
Louisville, OH 44641
(330) 875-1456

A “For-Profit” 125-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards Which Resulted in a Resident Sustaining a Fractured Nose

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/15/2015, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to implement interventions to prevent falls, determine the reason for noncompliance of fall interventions and/or plan new interventions when the plan of care related to the fall was not effective.” This deficient practice affected three residents at the facility where harm occurred to one resident on 12/25/2014. This was considered a deficient practice due to the facility’s failure to implement a restorative ambulation program, identify reasons for noncompliance with fall interventions and revise interventions [before the resident falls and sustains injury].” As a result of the failure, the resident sustained a fractured nose.

Hanover House
435 Avis Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
(330) 837-1741

A “For-Profit” 195-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents Necessary Care and Services to Maintain Their Highest Well-Being through Independent Living

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/11/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to provide care and services related to showers to maintain a resident’s well-being.” This deficient practice directly affected three residents at the facility. A review of records indicated that no documentation existed indicating a resident received showers on certain days from 04/07/2015 through 06/05/2015. This is in direct violation to the facility’s 05/16/2003 Shower Policy that indicates “residents should be given a tub or shower as requested, at least one time per week at the time of the resident’s choice unless otherwise ordered by the physician.”

Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center

24579 Broadway Ave.
Oakwood Village, OH 44146
(440) 439-7976

A “For-Profit” 90-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Minimal Care to Prevent a Facility-Acquired Bedsore That Was Allowed to Degrade to a Life-Threatening Condition

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/04/14, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to address the deterioration of a pressure ulcer for [a resident at the facility] in a timely manner and failed to monitor the resident to prevent additional skin breakdown.” This deficient practice resulted in actual harm occurring to the resident “when an in-house acquired Stage II pressure ulcer on the resident’s right buttock declined to a stage IV pressure ulcer without evidence of appropriate interventions in place. The resident also developed pressure ulcers to the right elbow and left ear, which were identified by facility staff.”

The facility’s Director of Nursing confirmed in an interview that “there was no documented evidence the physician was notified of the deterioration of the pressure ulcer on the right buttock between 10/0/2014 and 10/27/2015” and that there was no documented evidence “that the right elbow and left ear wounds were identified in the facility prior to the visit with the wound care physician on 11/03/2014 and then an air mattress to promote healing was not implemented until 11/03/14.” The Director of Nursing also “verify the pressure ulcer to the right buttocks had deteriorated to an unstageable pressure ulcer on 10/21/14.”

Hickory Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center
721 Hickory St.
Akron, OH 44303
(330) 762-6486

A “For-Profit” – 170 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Accident Hazards That Led to a Resident Falling and Sustaining a Hip Fracture

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2015, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to implement fall interventions as care plan for [a resident].” This deficient action resulted in an accident causing a hip fracture to one resident at the facility. The incident involved a resident requiring extensive assistance for transfers and the need to use a wheelchair or walker for mobility.

Additionally, the resident required non-skid strips on the floor from the bed to the bathroom and non-skid socks. A review of records on 03/18/2015 indicated that no skid strips had been implemented for the resident which led to the accident that caused a hip fracture.

Jackson Ridge Rehabilitation and Care Center
7055 High Mill Ave. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
(330) 854-4545

A “For-Profit” 81-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Supervision in an Environment Free of Accident Hazards Which Led to an Accident Causing a Fall Which Fractured a Femur Bone

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/29/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to use the physician ordered Hoyer lift (mechanical) transferring device for [a resident at the facility].” This deficient practice directly affected one resident reviewed by the surveyor for proper transfers. A notation in the file identifies “harm occurred when an assistive device was used to transfer [the resident] that was not ordered by the physician, resulting in a fracture of the right femur, subsequent hospitalization and surgical repair. In a 09/29/2015 interview with the facility’s Administrator, the Administrator “verify these findings regarding staff not having followed the physician’s orders” in that specific team members “did not follow the physician’s orders [to use the right equipment when transferring the resident] from his chair into the bed resulting in a fracture of the right femur.”

Manor Care Health SVCS – Belden Village
5005 Higbee Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44718
(330) 492-7835

A “For-Profit” 139-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards to Prevent Avoidable Accidents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/20/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure fall interventions were implemented to prevent resident falls.” This deficient action affected a resident at the facility who was diagnosed with senile dementia, hypertension, insomnia, anxiety and muscle weakness upon admission to the facility. Additionally, the resident was diagnosed as having poor decision-making skills and the need for assistance with incontinent bowel and bladder, the need to use a wheelchair and dependency on the staff for transfers/toileting, ambulation and requiring assistance with bed mobility. The investigator noted the registered nurses on duty for not following the plan of care which places the resident’s in jeopardy of falling.

Meadow Wind Health Care Center
300 23rd St. NE
Massillon, OH 44646
(330) 833-2026

A “For-Profit” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to Prevent an Existing Bedsore from Degrading to a Life-Threatening Condition

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/17/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure interventions were in place to prevent a decline in a pressure ulcer for [a resident at the facility].” This deficient practice resulted in an actual harm for a resident “who experienced a decline of a Stage I pressure area to the right heel to an unstageable pressure ulcer.” The state surveyor upon inspection of the resident’s room “revealed no evidence of Prevalon boots were applied to [the resident’s] feet as ordered. [The registered nurse on duty] confirm the above observation and record review.” Not following doctor’s orders to treat a bedsore and allowing it to degrade to a life-threatening condition is in direct violation of state and federal laws and policies to be followed by members of the medical team at the facility and could be considered negligence.

Sapphire Health and REHABILITATION CENTER
2631 Copley Road
Akron, OH 44321
(330) 666-2631

A “For-Profit” 139-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Fall Prevention Interventions to Provide an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/22/2015, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure appropriate fall prevention interventions were provided to prevent falls for [the resident at the facility], and failed to provide a safe environment to prevent falls for [that resident and another resident at the facility].” This deficient practice affected two residents at the facility reviewed for accidents. The investigator made a notation due to an observation or review of records indicating that a bolster mattress supplied by hospice for one resident “was loose and did not fit the resident’s bed and contributed to the resident’s fall on 10/18/14.” In addition, the facility’s Director of Nursing confirm that the staff was “aware [that the resident] attempted more than once to self transferred from the resident’s wheelchair and did not communicate that information to staff nurses until the resident fell … after which a chair alarm was added to help prevent future falls.” This deficient practice might be considered negligence because not providing adequate services to ensure an accident free environment exists and not taking steps to avoid an accident from occurring is in direct violation the state and federal laws and policies at the facility that must be followed by all staff members.

St. Luke Lutheran Community – Portage Lakes
615 Latham Lane
Akron, OH 44319
(330) 644-3914

A “Non-Profit-Church Related” – 56 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Report an Allegation of Abuse of a Resident at the Facility in a Timely Manner

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/05/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure staff timely reported an allegation of abuse.” This deficient practice directly affected a resident at the facility. The state investigator reviewed the facility self-reported allegation of abuse that was revealed on 10/25/2015 where a STNA (state tested nurse aide) “alleged staff physically and emotionally abused [a resident]. The facility was not made aware of the allegation until Monday morning, 10/26/15.” When the STNA was interviewed on 11/05/2015, she verified “she did not report the allegation immediately and indicated she was not aware of how to contact the Director of Nursing (DON). She reported the allegation the next evening, 10/25/15 at 11 PM, to [a licensed practical nurse on duty].” On 11/05/2015, the Director of Nursing “confirm she was not aware of the allegation of abuse until the morning of 10/26/15. She confirmed [the LPN] did not notify her.” This deficient practice might be considered negligence because it is in direct violation with federal and state laws, and the policies at the facility which are to be strictly enforced.

Stone Crossing Care Center
836 W. 34TH St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
(330) 492-7131

A “For Profit” 150-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Health Due To a Failure to Obtain Dental Services That Resulted in a Toothache with Extreme Pain

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/16/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to coordinate and schedule [a resident’s] dental visits for three years.” This deficient practice caused actual harm to a resident who “complained of extreme mouth pain and expressed discomfort by crying and yelling out.” Additionally, “there was no evidence that [the resident] received the ordered dental consult for the toothache.” A 07/15/2015 interview with the Clinical Director of Hospice “revealed the facility was to coordinate [the resident’s] dental care per facility policy.” The deficient practice of not providing proper dental services for the resident might be considered negligence because it violates state and federal laws and the facility’s own 02/04/2013 Dental Policy that states “the provider would schedule appointments for the resident based on the following criteria of the annual dental exam and all Medicaid covered treatment.”

University Park Nursing & rehabilitation Center
797 E. Market St.
Akron, OH 44305
(330) 434-4514

A “For Profit” 90-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to Prevent New Pressure Sores from Developing or Healing Existing Bedsores

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/12/2015, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to implement pressure reducing interventions for one formal resident at risk for developing pressure ulcers.” This deficient practice directly affected one resident whose MDS assessment confirmed was at “risk for developing pressure sores and noted the resident had an unhealed Stage II pressure ulcer, referring to the ulcer on the coccyx.

A plan of care was initiated for [the resident] on 12/10/15, however, the plan of care did not include the resident’s risk for developing pressure ulcers or identify the actual pressure ulcer. There was no evidence the resident was evaluated for additional interventions to prevent further pressure ulcer from developing, after the resident developed the Stage II on her coccyx.” This deficient practice might be considered negligence because not providing adequate care to treat an existing bedsore or allowing other bedsores to develop in the facility is in direct violation with state and federal laws, and the facilities policies on record.

Walton Manor Health Care Center
19859 Alexander Rd.
Walton Hills, OH 44146
(440) 439-4433

A “For Profit” 150-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Standards of Care Involving Urinary Incontinence

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to address a decline in urinary incontinence for [a resident] reviewed for urinary incontinence.” This deficient practice directly affected one resident but has the potential to affect 30 other residents in the facility who were identified with bladder incontinence. As a part of a clinical review of a resident’s record, it was revealed that the facility “failed to conduct a three day voiding tracking to establish the type of incontinence for [a resident]. Further record review also revealed the facility failed to develop a plan of care with appropriate interventions for staff to implement to promote and / or restore urinary incontinence.

This deficient practice might be considered negligence of the staff and facility because it directly violates federal and state laws and procedures, protocols and practices clearly stated in the facility’s policies.

Wayside Farm
4557 Quick Rd.
Peninsula, OH 44264
(330) 923-7828

A “For Profit” 95-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Sexual Abuse That Resulted in an Allegation of Sexual Abuse That Was Not Properly Investigated or Resolved

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/23/2015, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to ensure an allegation of sexual abuse was fully investigated and reported is required [by law].” This deficient practice directly affected two residents at the facility. The proper authorities at the facility verified they “could not provide evidence of interviews with any other residents or staff related to the allegations [of abuse] made by [a resident of the facility].

During a 07/23/2015 interview with a facility consultant, it was “verified the incident had not been reported to the state agency as an allegation of possible sexual abuse and the facility could not provide documentation indicating a thorough investigation had been completed.

This deficient practice might be considered both negligence and abuse because the lack of following procedures directly violates state and federal laws and the facility’s undated policy for abuse which revealed “all incidences or suspected incidences of abuse, mistreatment, neglect or injury of unknown origin will be reported and the Administrator or [their] designee will investigate the alleged incident to include interviews of residents, any witnesses and staff members present at the time of the alleged incident.”

Windsong Care Center
120 Brookmont Rd.
Akron, OH 44333
(330) 666-7373

A “For Profit” 82-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Notify the Resident’s Doctor When a Significant Change in Their Medical Status Requires Immediate Hospitalization

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to notify the physician of significantly abnormal laboratory results.” This deficient practice directly affected to residents at the facility where it was noted that “there was no documentation that [the resident’s] physician was notified of the grossly abnormal laboratory levels. [The resident] was transferred to the hospital … for possible surgical removal of gall stones. A laboratory test completed on 04/22/2015 for a renal panel had abnormal results. There was no documentation that [the resident’s] physician was notified of the abnormal lab results.

During an interview with the Corporate Nurse it was verified that “the residents’ physicians should have been notified of abnormal lab results as soon as the facility receives the results.” This deficient practice by the medical staff at the facility could be considered negligence because it directly violates both federal and state laws along with the enforceable policies developed and adopted by the Windsong Care Center.

Wyant Woods Care Center
200 Wyant Rd.
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 836-7953

A “For Profit” 180-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failed to Properly Assist Residents with Their Personal Hygiene and Grooming, and Incontinence Requirements

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/11/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to provide appropriate incontinence care for [a resident at the facility].” This deficient practice directly involve one resident observed by the surveyor during a facility tour where “a strong foul pungent odor of urine [was revealed] near the [resident’s] room.

At 4:10 AM, the observation was verified with a Licensed Practical Nurse [on duty] who checked [the resident] from which the strong urine odor was emitting. No commercial brief was on the resident and the resident was lying in bed incontinence from her mid back to the back of the bend of both knees. At 4:15 AM, observation of [the resident’s] incontinence care by [a STNA (state tested nurse aide)] was completed where the [STNA] wet a towel, placed soap on the towel and wash the resident’s back, front legs, perineal area and re-wash the back again. [The STNA] did not change the towel after she wash the resident’s perineal area. [The STNA] obtained a dry towel, dry the resident without rinsing the areas and dressed the resident for the day.”

This deficient practice of providing quality care for the resident’s incontinence, grooming and hygiene requirements might be considered negligence. That is because it violates state and federal laws, and the procedures and policies adopted by the facility to provide services in Ohio.

Amherst Meadows
1610 First St. NE
Massillon, OH 44646
(330) 830-8500

A “For-Profit” 89-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents the Opportunity to Maintain Their Quality of Life

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/20/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure that residents received showers at a reasonable time and had shower schedules that promoted their quality of life.” This deficient practice directly affected three residents at the facility “who were not capable of refusing or voicing complaints, were awakened from sleep during the night, gotten out of bed, showered and put back in bed.”

The deficient practice “resulted in actual harm for [the resident] who would cry when awakened for a shower, [and for another resident] who was non-verbal but would tense up at shower time, and for [a third resident] who would cry, become combative, and fight staff when being undressed and during the shower.”

The deficient practice of forcing residents to shower at unreasonable times and not providing more acceptable shower schedules which demotes their quality of life could be considered negligence. This is because it directly violates state and federal laws and goes against the policies accepted or adopted by the facility.

Anna Maria of Aurora
889 North Aurora Rd.
Aurora, OH 44202
(330) 562-6171

A “For-Profit” 98-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols to Provide an Environment Free of Accident Hazards That Could Prevent Falls

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/25/2015, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to implement interventions to prevent falls for [3 residents at the facility].” The deficient practice involved in STNA (state tested nurse aide) whose disciplinary action record indicated the resident was transferred “without assistance from the chair to a standing position to walk to the dining room. The resident had orders for two person assist and a transfer pole for all transfers.” As a result of the incident, the resident experienced a fall.

The deficient practice could be considered negligence at the facility. This is because the practice is in direct violation of federal and state laws and does not follow accepted and adopted policies by the facility.

Autumnwood Nursing & rehabilitation Center
275 E. Sunset Drive
Rittman, OH 44270
(330) 927-2070

A “For-Profit” 90-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Resident an Environment Free of Physical Punishment and Abuse at the Hands of Caregivers

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/12/2015, a state investigator made a notation in regards to the facility’s failure “to protect the resident from abuse.” A 07/23/2015 review of the facility’s self-reported incident (SRI) report revealed that a STNA (state tested nurse aide) “was accused of being physically and verbally abusive to [the resident at the facility]. This was substantiated by the facility. Review of investigation documentation from the facility revealed on 07/23/14 at approximate 5:15 PM [a second STNA] witness what she believed to be an abusive situation in the diner where [a resident] was being fed. [That STNA] reported that [the other STNA] was shoveling food into the resident’s mouth when [the resident] would not swallow.” The reporting STNA also witnessed the other STNA “grasping the resident’s “cheek and squeeze, telling her to swallow.” The reporting STNA also said the resident “yelled at [the allegedly abusive STNA] to stop grabbing her.” The allegedly abusive STNA “was immediately escorted out of the dining room under direct supervision of the Facility supervisor [… and] remain under suspension during the course of this investigation. [The resident] was assessed and had no discoloration, swelling or pain. The physician and family were notified of the incident.”

This deficient action of the nursing staff might be considered negligence or a physical assault against the resident. This is because the actions at the facility are in direct violation of both state and federal laws along with the facility’s undated policy titled Abuse Protection Policy that indicates it is the facility’s policy “to immediately provide for safety of residents and means of providing safety could include moving the resident to another area, monitoring, suspend suspected employee pending investigation and implement discharge process immediately if resident was a danger to themselves and others.”

Bath Manor Special Care Centre
2330 Smith Road
Akron, OH 44333
(330) 836-1006

A “For-Profit” 150-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Basic Standards of Care to Assist a Resident with Their Hygiene and Grooming Requirements

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/30/2015, state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to provide adequate personal grooming and hygiene to [a resident at the facility].” This deficient practice is in direct violation to the resident’s 06/04/2015 POC (plan of care) that reveals that “the resident had self care deficit related to poor cognition. Interventions included allowing the resident to participate in activities of daily living skills. Explain all procedures prior to the beginning of care. Maintain medications as ordered and notify the physician of any declining condition.”

During an observation tour by the state investigator, the resident was observed eating breakfast at a small dining room table, “her hair was dirty and uncombed. [The resident] had multiple long gray facial hairs on her chin and her fingernails were dirty.” An interview with the [STNA on duty in charge of the resident’s care] “revealed [the resident] was refusing required assistance from staff are all activities of daily living including bathing, dressing and personal hygiene.” However, her grooming and personal hygiene requirements were not being met in accordance with her plan of care.

This deficient practice could be considered negligence and/or mistreatment at the hands of her caregivers because it directly violates state and federal regulations and the policies adopted and accepted by the facility.

 

Canal Pointe Nursing & rehabilitation Center
145 Olive ST
Akron, OH 44310
(330) 762-0901

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Properly Prepare Food to Ensure Its Nutritional Value Is Conserved to Optimize the Well-Being of Residents on Puréed Diets

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/15/2014, a state surveyor made a notation in regards to the facility’s failure “to ensure puréed meals conserve nutritive value, flavor and appearance for residents on puréed diets.” This deficient practice directly affected three residents at the facility who are currently on puréed diets. This is in response to an observation where the head cook did not follow facility-accepted recipes and instead added commercial thickeners and broth prior to blending food for residents on puréed diets.

This deficient practice could be considered maltreatment on behalf of the employees at the facility because the change in dietary ingredients might not conserve the nutritional value and compromise the health and well-being of residents. The lack of following established protocols, procedures and methods of cooking is in direct violation with the facility’s policies and could be considered negligence.

Chapel Hill Community
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
(330) 854-4177

A “Non-Profit” 103-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Adequate Services to Ensure an Increased Range Of Motion for a Resident Suffering a Contracture

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/05/2015, a state surveyor made a notation concerning the facility’s failure “to provide range of motion exercises for [a resident at the facility].” This deficient practice directly affected one resident out of 31 residents identified at the facility with contractures. During an interview on 03/02/2015, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) “indicated [the resident] had a contracture of the right leg [… and] was not receiving range of motion services and was not wearing a split on the right leg.” The facility’s ADON (Assistant Director of Nursing) stated that the resident “was not on a restorative program for range of motion.”

This deficient practice might be viewed as negligence or mistreatment due to a lack of proper treatment required to increase the resident’s range of motion. In addition, this practice also directly violates federal and state laws and the policies adopted by the facility.

Copley Health Center
155 Heritage Woods Drive
Copley, OH 44321
(330) 666-0980

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Maintain Complete, Accurate and Organized Clinical Records That Meet Professional Standards to Ensure the Well-Being of Residents at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/26/2015, a state surveyor made a notation concerning the facility’s failure “to document assessments after [medical treatment was given to a resident at the facility].”

This is in response to an observation or review of a resident’s records that revealed “the resident required [a medical treatment] three times per week and to monitor arteriovenous fistula, located in the right arm, for bruit and thrills [bruit is continuously heard during systole and diastole and palpable thrill is normally continuous and soft or powerful, quick beats that suddenly collapses] every shift. The care plan also included to monitor, document and report to the position any signs or symptoms of infection to the abscess; redness, swelling, warmth or drainage.”

However, a review of assessments at the facility along with treatment administration records and progress notes indicate that “no documentation of assessment of the arteriovenous fistula […and] no documentation of checking the arteriovenous fistula for bruit and thrills or signs and symptoms of infection per the physician’s orders.”

This deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment at the hands of caregivers and the facility because it directly violates federal and state nursing home regulations. It also violates the adopted practices and policies to operate Copley Health Center.

Essex Healthcare of Tallmadge
563 Colony Park Drive
Tallmadge, OH 44278
(330) 630-9780

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Minimum Basic Levels of Care and Monitoring That Resulted in the Death of the Resident

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/02/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to provide necessary care and services for [the resident] by monitoring a critically high blood glucose level, providing timely assessment of the resident’s responsiveness, notifying emergency services and initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation.” This deficient practice “resulted in Immediate Jeopardy for [a resident] requiring blood glucose monitoring.”

The notification of immediate jeopardy was given to the facility’s Administrator, DON (Director of Nursing), Corporate Nurse, Regional Nurse and a Registered Nurse on duty. The notification indicated that the facility “failed to adequately address [the resident’s] critically high blood glucose level (584 mg/dL).” The licensed practical nurse on duty “administered an ordered insulin dose to the resident and placed a call to the resident’s physician to notify him of the abnormal value. The resident’s physician did not respond to the call in the resident’s blood sugar was not rechecked or monitored.

There was no documentation of the resident’s activity or status until [the following morning] when they [Registered Nurse on duty] found the resident unresponsive in the bathroom of his room, kneeling in front of the toilet, with his left arm between the handrail and wall and his head resting down on the toilet.” While other staff members enter the room after being called “emergency services were not called until between 6:40 AM and 6:42 AM [approximately 55 minutes after being found unresponsive].” EMS services arrived at the scene and “took over care of the resident when they arrived and assess that he had no obvious signs of life, including fixed pupils, rigor and pooling in his bilateral knees. He was pronounced deceased by an EMS physician through the EMS services at 6:57 AM.”

This deficient action could be considered mistreatment, negligence or gross negligence on behalf of the caregivers, nursing staff and facility because it directly violates state and federal regulations on properly monitoring residents that resulted in Immediate Jeopardy or cause death.

Falls Village Retirement Community
330 Broadway East
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(330) 945-9797

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Basic Standards of Care to Each Resident in the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/09/2014, a state investigator made a notation concerning the facility’s failure “to ensure care plan was initiated for [the resident’s] dental needs, failed to ensure [another resident’s] care plan for urinary incontinence was based on the comprehensive bladder assessment and failed to ensure [a third resident’s] dehydration plan of care was revised after insertion of a feeding tube.” These deficient practices were confirmed in an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing and that the care plans had not been updated as required by regulations.

The three different deficient practices might be considered negligence or mistreatment because they violate facility policies along with both state and federal regulations.

Heritage Health Care Center
24613 Broadway Ave.
Oakwood Village, OH 44146
(440) 439-1448

A “For-Profit” 80-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That All Residents Received Assistance with Personal Hygiene and Grooming Requirements

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/08/2015, complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to consistently ensure residents were provided nail hygiene.” Observations made by state investigator revealed that a resident’s “exhibit long, jagged, dirty finger nails which were caked underneath the nail with dark substances.”

This deficit practice might be considered negligence and mistreatment to residents at the facility because it directly violates both federal and state regulations and the necessary policies adopted by the facility.

Kent Center
1290 Fairchild Ave.
Kent, OH 44240
(330) 678-4912

A “For-Profit” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols on Pain Interventions to Treat Chronic Expressed Pain of a Resident at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/23/2015, a state investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure “to reassess, develop and implement interventions and consult the physician when current pain interventions did not effectively treat [a resident’s] chronic expressed pain and to address her psychosocial well-being.” This deficit practice directly affected a resident at the facility causing actual harm when the resident’s “routine pain medication was discontinued due to interaction with the prescribed antibiotic. There was no evidence alternative routine medications or non-medications were initiated in an attempt to address the resident’s continued pain.”

This deficit practice might be considered mistreatment or negligence to the resident because it is in direct violation of both state and federal regulations and adopted policies utilized within the facility.

The Laurels of Canton
2714 13th St. NW
Canton, OH 44708
(330) 456-2842

A “For-Profit” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Standard Procedures When Administering Medication through a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC)

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/06/2015, a state surveyor made a notation in regards to the facility’s failure “to correctly assess the peripherally inserted central catheter site for [a resident] observer medication administration.” This deficit practice witnessed during an observation on 03/06/2015 at 2 PM by the state surveyors who observed a registered nurse “was preparing to administer the intravenous antibiotic Impenamine through [the resident’s] peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) located in the resident’s left upper arm.

After cleansing the port of the PICC line using an alcohol swab, and flushing the line with 10 milliliters of normal saline, the register nurse connected the line with antibiotic to the port. However, “no attempt was made to determine if the site had any blood return and when questioned indicated “it should have been checked prior to administering the antibiotic and it was not done.”

This deficient practice might be considered substandard care, negligence or mistreatment of the resident because it directly violates policies at the facility supported by both federal and state regulations.

Longmeadow Care Center
565 Bryn Mawr
Ravenna, OH 44266
(330) 297-5781

A “For-Profit” 105-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Care Management Protocols to Ensure the Highest Well-Being of Every Patient

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/20/2014, a state surveyor made a notation in regards to the facility’s failure “to ensure blood sugar monitoring was complete per physician’s order.” This deficient practice directly affected one resident and “have the potential to affect 54 residents with orders for blood sugar monitoring.” The review of the physician’s orders and medical records indicated that the resident’s “most recent glycohemoglobin completed on 09/03/14 was elevated (Glycohemoglobin is a laboratory test which reflects the blood sugar level over a three-month period and is used to assist in long-term control of blood sugar).”

While the surveyor reviewing the resident’s Medication Administration Record noted that there was “one blood sugar completed on 11/17/14 at 6 AM No other blood sugars were documented. Review of the resident’s record revealed no other blood sugars had been completed since 10/20/14”, which was later confirmed by the facility’s Director of Nursing.

This deficient practice might be considered substandard levels of care at the facility, or negligence or mistreatment because it directly violates facility policy and state and federal regulations.

Magnolia Village Retirement Community
365 Johnson Rd.
Wadsworth, OH 44281
(330) 335-1558

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Implement a Planned Restorative Splint Program to Improve the Ability of a Resident to Care for Themselves

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/24/2015, a state surveyor made a notation in regards to the facility’s failure “to ensure a planned restorative program was implemented for [the resident at the facility who required restorative programs].” This deficient practice directly involved one resident who was interviewed along with her daughter on 09/22/2015. The interview revealed that the resident “was on a restorative splint program. She was to wear splints for several hours per night. “

However, the state tested nurses’ aides (STNAs) knew nothing about the splints and the splints were not even in her room. A follow-up interview with [and LPN (licensed practical nurse)] revealed restorative aides were often pulled to work on the floor and when this happened restorative programs were not implemented. [The LPN] confirmed documentation indicated the upper extremity exercise program had never been completed from the date it was implemented to the time it was discontinued.”

This ongoing long term deficient practice of providing substandard care might be considered mistreatment or negligence of the resident because it does not follow facility policies and violates state and federal regulations.

Manor Care Health Services – Akron
1211 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 4431
(330) 867-8530

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of the Spread of Infections

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/02/2015, a state investigator made a notation indicating the facility’s failure “to provide proper infection control during a dressing change to an ulcer on the left heel.” This deficient practice directly affected one resident. The incident was observed during a dressing change that occurred on 04/02/2015 at 1:20 PM when it was “revealed licensed practical nurse (LPN) remove the elastic wrap and dressing with gloved hands and without changing her gloves, she picked up the Dakins solution on the clean gauze, cleaned the heel ulcer, threw the gauze away, picked up [the prescribed medication] and Santyl ointment on clean gauze and put the 2 x 2’s on the heel also with the same gloves used to take the elastic wrap and soil dressing off with.”

This deficient practice of providing care when changing a residence dressing is in direct violation of the facility’s policy and procedures title Dressing Change that requires the removal of nonsterile gloves and the performance of handwashing hygiene to establish a clean field before conducting the remaining parts of the procedure. The unsterile action of changing a resident’s dressing is also in direct violation of state and federal regulations and could be considered mistreatment or negligence.

Manor Care Health Services – Barberton
85 Third St. SE
Barberton, OH 44203
(330) 753-5005

A “For-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents Necessary Medical Care to Maintain Their Highest Level of Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/25/2015, a state investigator made a notation in regards the facility’s failure “to implement physician’s orders … for non-pressure related skin conditions.” This deficient practice directly affected one resident at the facility. The state investigator upon reviewing nursing progress notes of a resident “revealed the [resident’s] wound treatment including placing a band-aid on the skin tear on the right hand.” However, reviewing the physician’s orders, and the Treatment Administration Record (TAR) did not show evidence of the physician’s order.”

However, observations on 0/23/15 it 9:11 AM revealed [that the resident] had a reddened, open area near the thumb of the right hand. Interview with [the resident] at the time of the observation revealed the resident hit her hand on the side of the bed causing an open area.” In an interview conducted with the facility’s Director of Nursing revealed [the resident] did not receive the physician ordered wound treatment on 02/21/15, 02/22/15 and 02/23/15.”

This deficient substandard level of care might be considered negligence or mistreatment because it directly violates state and federal regulations and does not follow the policies adopted by the facility to ensure optimal care of every resident.

Meadowview Care Center
83 High Street
Seville, OH 44273
(330) 769-2015

A “For-Profit” 90-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Sufficient Adequate Supervision to Prevent Facility Elopements and Falls

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/04/2014, a state investigator made a notation in regards to the facility’s failure “to provide adequate supervision to prevent the elopement of [2] cognitively impaired residents” who has a history of elopements. This deficient “lack of adequate supervision resulted in the immediate jeopardy” for these two residents.

“The immediate jeopardy began on 07/02/14 when [a recently admitted resident who has a history of eloping] eloped out of a window about five hours after admission. [The resident] was found by the police at a Pavilion in the center of town. Documentation revealed emergency medical staff noted some minor scratches and abrasions to the [resident’s] hands. The immediate jeopardy continued on 08/31/14, [involving another resident also with a history of eloping]. After an intense search of the area with support from the County Sheriff’s office, two air drones, surrounding police and fire departments, [that resident] was found by a fire fighter. He was dehydrated and transported to an area hospital.” Additionally, the facility also “failed to ensure adequate supervision was implemented to prevent falls for [another resident at the facility] who sustained multiple falls resulting in injuries.”

The deficient lack of supervision and implementation plans to prevent eloping and falls at the facility might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the residents. This is because these deficient actions or lack of actions directly violate the facilities policies and federal and state regulations.

Medina Village Retirement Community
555 Springbrook Dr.
Medina, OH 44256
(330) 725-3393

A “For-Profit” – 90 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocol to Report and Investigate Any Act or Report of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/11/2015, a state investigator made a notation concerning the facility’s failure “to ensure allegations of abuse, misappropriation or injury of unknown origins were thoroughly investigated.” This deficient action directly affected to residents at the facility. The incident involved a STNA (state tested nurse aide) who “had only worked at the facility for about a week and had cared for the resident one time but never went into the room by herself. [The STNA] stated herself and [another STNA] reposition the resident in bed by pulling up under her arms (between her armpit and elbow) and did not use the draw sheet. The resident held onto my elbow with her left hand. The resident told [the STNA] to be careful when touching her skin because she bruised easily. Later that evening [another STNA] came and got [the first STNA and showed her] the bruising on top of the resident’s left hand and stated it was from when [she] pulled her up in bed. [The newly employed STNA] verified she did not tell the nurse.”

This deficient practice might be considered a level of substandard care, mistreatment or neglect by the hands of the caregivers at the facility. This is because it directly violates state and federal laws and does not follow the adopted policies of the facility.

Pine Valley Care Center
4360 Brecksville Rd.
Richfield, OH 44286
(330) 659-6166

A “For-Profit” – 92 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Notify the Ohio Department of Health immediately of a Self-Reported Incident of Abuse

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/15/2015, a state investigator made a notation concerning the facility’s failure “to ensure one SRI [self-reported incident] was reported to the Ohio Department of Health immediately. This deficient practice involved one resident and other employees at the facility. A review of the 05/12/2015 SRI revealed that the resident informed and LPN “that the Maintenance Director had repeatedly hit her in the stomach. [The resident] informed [the LPN] the incident occurred on Sunday (05/10/15) in the afternoon. [The resident] revealed the Maintenance Director punched her and she hit him back.

An assessment was completed to the resident abdominal area, there was no redness, tenderness or bruising noted. The Maintenance Director was immediately suspended pending the investigation […. and] the allegation was submitted to the Ohio Department of Health [3 days later].” The delay in submitting a report to the Ohio Department of Health is in direct violation of the facilities policies dated 11/07/14 that indicate that the “Executive Director, Director of Nursing or designee will report immediately to the appropriate agencies and document the time and date of the report on the investigation form.”

This deficient lack of action might be considered negligence, mistreatment and abuse of the facility and employees because it does not follow facility policies and violates state and federal regulations.

Saint Luke Lutheran Home
220 Applegrove St. NE
North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 499-8341

A “For-Profit” – 92 certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Revise Programs to Maintain or Restore Bladder Function

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/18/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor concerning the facility’s failure “to revise a toileting program to restore or maintain bladder function for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for urinary incontinence.” This deficient practice directly affected one resident and indirectly affects the 159 residents identified to have frequent or occasional incontinence of bladder. The notation was made because of the facility’s inability to “access a tracker for [a resident]” to determine the type of incontinence/toileting program residents require in a three day tracker. The inaccurate records including the admission Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment was accessible but the information was not complete.

This deficient standard of care and lack of documentation might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident because it does not follow the rules and regulations of state and federal laws and the policies adopted by the facility.

Samaritan Care Center
806 E. Washington St.
Medina, OH 44256
(330) 725-4123

A “For-Profit” 56-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Minimum Standards of Medical Care to Ensure the Highest Well-Being of the Resident

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/06/2015, a state investigator made a notation concerning the facility’s failure “to assess an open area on [a resident’s] left great toe, and also failed to notify the physician and the unit manager.” This deficient practice affected one resident at the facility who is given a new order dated 08/04/15 to have the left big toe area cleansed using normal saline before applying hydrogen polymer dressing, which was then to be covered with addressing of gauze and tape. The dressing was ordered to be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, “on 08/05/15 at 1:15 PM, the podiatrist was in the facility to trim the resident’s toenails. [Minutes later,)  when [the Director of Nursing] removed the gauze dressing from [the resident’s] big toe […and] confirmed there was dry bloodied drainage on the interior of the dressing. The area had a foul smell, the skin around the toe was swollen and inflamed, the podiatrist stated the resident had an ingrown toenail and he would have to excise that area. The podiatrist ordered salt water soaks and ordered a treatment. The treatment was to cleanse the left great toe with normal saline, pat dry, apply triple antibiotic ointment and cover with a non-adherent pad, secure with tape, and to change the dressing daily.”

This deficient of providing medical care to residents might be considered mistreatment or negligence on behalf of the staff at the facility. This is because it directly violates state and federal regulations and does not adhere to the adopted policies at the facility.

Stow Glen Health Care Center
4285 Kent Rd.
Stow, OH 44224
(330) 686-2545

A “For-Profit” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That All Residents Receive the Right Medication

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/23/2015, a state investigator made a notation concerning the facility’s failure “to ensure a medication administration error rate of less than 5%. There were three errors out of a possible 30 opportunities for an error rate of 10%” that affected three residents at the facility. This notation is made in response to a review of the facility’s policies and procedures relative to administering medication which revealed “medication labels should be checked three times against the Medication Administration Record.”

Any failure to properly administer the right medication to a resident at the facility places their health and well-being in jeopardy. This deficient practice of making medication administration errors might be considered negligence on behalf of the medical staff in charge of providing a safe environment to every resident in the facility. In addition, the excessive error rate directly violates state and federal regulations.

Summit Villa Care Center
330 Southwest Ave.
Tallmadge, OH 44278
(330) 633-0555

A “For-Profit” 75-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure Residents Are Safe in Their Environment by Hiring Staff without Disqualifying Offenses on Their Criminal Background Check Record

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/07/15, a notation is made by a state surveyor concerning the facility’s failure “to ensure their abuse policy and procedure was implemented related to the screening of new employees and failed to ensure staff had the knowledge to appropriately implement the facility’s abuse policy and procedure related to the protection of residents.” This deficient action “have the potential to affect the 69 residents residing in the facility.”

This failure to follow protocols was found after review of a newly hired LPN whose personnel file revealed it did not include evidence of license verification. Review of the facility’s criminal background check log revealed [the LPN’s] fingerprints were sent for criminal background check but there was no date indicating when or if the final report was received.” However, “after further investigation the Administrator was able to determine the final report was received [and that the LPN] had a disqualifying offense and was hired based on personal character standards.” This deficient action is in direct violation state and federal laws and does not follow the hiring practices, procedures and protocol adopted by the facility to provide care to residents in a safe environment.

The Woodlands at Robinson
6831 N. Chestnut St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
(330) 297-4564

A “For-Profit” 99-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Hiring Practices to Ensure That All Employees Are Properly Screened Before Working at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/09/2014, a notation is made by a state surveyor concerning the facility’s failure “to implement procedures to screen potential employees for history of abuse, neglect or mistreating residents including attempting to obtain information from previous employers and/or current employers, and checking with the appropriate licensing boards and registries.” This deficient practice has the potential to directly affect all 81 residents at the facility. The deficit involved a lack of adequate background screening prior to the start of employment for five STNAs (state tested nurse aides) and social service workers working at the facility.

This deficient practice of hiring employees places every resident in jeopardy and could be considered neglect, or abuse if a resident suffers harm, injuries or death at the hands of a caregiver. In addition, this undesirable practice directly violates federal and state regulations and does not follow the facility’s adopted policies and procedures for hiring employees.

Placing a Loved One in a Nursing Home

Nursing facilities, assisted-living homes and rehabilitation centers are required by law to provide every elder at their facility a safe environment and quality care. Our Akron nursing home lawyers understand that many senior citizens become victims at the hands of those who are given the responsibility to ensure their safety. Many common warning signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect in nursing facilities are often overlooked by families, friends and doctors. Some of these include:

  • Overmedication or Improperly Medicated – A resident who has become sleepier, drowsier, or more disoriented or confused might be medically overdosed or unmonitored and suffering adverse side effects from a prescribed drug at a dosage that needs adjusting.
  • Skin Deterioration Caused by Incontinence – A resident who loses the ability to toilet without some kind assistance typically wears disposable breeds and can experience a breakdown of their skin caused by sitting in feces and urine.
  • The Inability to Maintain Dignity and Respect – Residents with poor personal hygiene can have their dignity taken away by the facility staff members when smelling of feces or urine, body odor, unwashed hair, dirty clothing or overgrown nails caused by a lack of assistance when bathing, toileting or dressing.
  • A Lack of Mobility – Without proper exercise or routine walking, the resident can quickly lose mobility that can dramatically decrease their quality of life and increase the potential of complicating existing medical conditions.
  • Facility Acquired Bedsores – The degradation of bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcer) can be prevented if the medical team takes appropriate measures and does not hold necessary medical attention for residents suffering chronic illnesses, diabetes or urinary tract infections.
  • Unsafe Conditions – Many residents slip and fall unnecessarily due to unsafe or hazardous conditions inside the facility that is often caused by negligence or a lack of maintenance. The most hazardous areas include wet floors, broken handrails and unsanitary conditions.
  • The Spread of Infection – If the nursing staff does not take appropriate measures the infection suffered by one resident can easily spread to others in the facility.

Any sign of elder abuse requires immediate intervention by supervisors, administrators, family members, friends or attorneys.

Hiring a Lawyer

If you suspect your loved one has any sign or symptom of nursing home neglect, abuse or mistreatment it is essential to take immediate legal action. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specialize in handling cases where nursing home residents have been victimized with bedsores, bruises, unexplained weight loss, staff inattention, unnecessary chemical/physical restraint and other unacceptable behaviors of the administrator, medical director and nursing staff.

If you notice your loved one in a nursing home has any present or past warning sign it is crucial to begin an investigation immediately. We encourage you to make contact with our Akron elder abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 for your free case evaluation. As your legal advocate, we can demand answers and evaluate your claim to obtain financial compensation for the harm the nursing facility caused. All information you share with our experienced nursing home abuse case attorneys remains confidential.

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