Northeast Cobb County, GA Nursing Home Ratings

Overall Rating all 14 Nursing Homes
    Rating: 5 out of 5 (2) Much above average
    Rating: 4 out of 5 (5) Above average
    Rating: 3 out of 5 (1) Average
    Rating: 2 out of 5 (2) Below average
    Rating: 1 out of 5 (4) Much below average
August 2018

Northeast Cobb County Georgia Nursing Home Abuse LawyersOur Northeast Cobb County nursing home neglect attorneys have seen a substantial increase in the number of cases involving mistreatment, abuse and neglect in nursing facilities all throughout Georgia. More than likely there are many more cases that are not reported by victims or detected by family members and friends of loved ones harmed by their caregivers or other residents in the facility.

Medicare regularly collects information on every nursing facility in Cobb County based on data gathered through inspections, surveys and investigations. The publicly available database reveals that investigators found serious deficiencies and violations at six (43%) of the fourteen Cobb County nursing facilities that cause injury or premature death to residents. Did your loved one suffer harm through mistreatment, neglect or abuse while living in a nursing facility in Cobb County? If so, let our team of dedicated lawyers protect your rights today. We urge you to contact the Northeast Cobb County nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) to schedule a free case evaluation. Let us explain your legal options for filing in resolving a claim for compensation.

Out of the more than 185,000 residents living throughout Cobb County, nearly 25,000 are retirees. This includes senior citizens living in Marietta, East Cobb, Kenneshaw, Mableton, Powder Springs, Fair Oaks, Sandy Plains, Acworth, Austell and Roswell. The number of elderly individuals in the communities of Cobb County have risen dramatically in the last few decades as many baby boomers enter their retirement years.

The rising numbers of retirees has put a significant burden on the nursing facilities all throughout Cobb County, many who are ill-equipped to handle the crowded conditions. In addition, there are only a limited amount of available registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and nurses’ aides available to fill much-needed positions. The lack of adequate staffing and ability to only hire less qualified medical professionals has resulted increase number of cases involving mistreatment, neglect and abuse of nursing home residents.

Northeast Cobb County Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Cobb County nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC have served as legal advocates to many nursing home victims throughout the state. Our experienced Georgia elder abuse attorneys have provided legal help to many families in need of placing loved ones in a nursing facility that provides the best quality medical care and hygiene assistance. In addition, our nursing home lawyers review public records on opened investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns of nursing facilities statewide. We have posted this valuable information below, gathered from many federal sites including Medicare.gov.

Comparing Northeast Cobb Area Nursing Facilities

Our Northeast Cobb County nursing home attorneys have detailed the list below outlining those that maintain below average ratings because of health and safety concerns. In addition, our lawyers have listed their primary concerns with these facilities that include accident hazards, physical punishment, lack of training, inaccurate assessments, not following doctor’s orders, serious medication administering errors and other problems that have the potential of causing significant harm or injury to residents.

Signature Healthcare of Buckhead
54 Peachtree Park Dr. NE.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 351-6041

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Protect Every Resident from Abuse, Physical Punishment or Being Separated from Others

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/06/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure [a resident] was free from mental abuse as evidenced by psychological harm resulting from inappropriate involuntary discharge issue to a resident on 11/16/2015.” The deficient practice posed psychological harm by stating the resident “poses a danger to yourself and others given the recent incidences that have occurred in the facility.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview with the facility’s position on 11/05/2015 at 11:45 AM. The physician stated they do “not feel resident poses a threat or danger to safety of individuals in the facility. The physician further acknowledged if he/she or the facility felt [the resident] posed a threat and or danger to him/herself and others, a 1013 would have been implemented on either dates of the occurrences. The intervention has not been discussed as [the resident] is not a danger to him/herself or others in as much as he/she is demanding and difficult to manage.”

The facility’s doctor acknowledged “in an effort to meet the [resident’s] needs further education with staff on how to deal with the resident’s behavior would be beneficial.” The state surveyor reviewed the facility’s written documentation of the completed investigation and noted “of the two alleged events no written statement from the resident’s perspective could be found in either of the completed investigations.” However, in an interview conducted with the resident on 11/02/2015, the resident “stated he/she received a letter on 10/16/2015 for an involuntary discharge due to two nurses who stated he/she hit them. [The resident] stated one of the nurses is pregnant and he/she would never try to hit or hurt her or any pregnant women.” The other incident involved “another nurse was trying to put eye drops in her eye and the nurse touched the inside of [the resident’s] eye with the eye drop bottle.” The resident stated that “he/she loves everyone at the facility, it is just a few nurses that have falsely accused [the resident] of things [the resident] did not do.” The resident indicated that he/she does not want to leave the facility wants the facility to take back the letter.”

Our Atlanta, Georgia nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that failing to ensure that a resident is free from mental abuse and psychological harm caused by an involuntary discharge might be considered additional abuse or mistreatment of the resident. In addition, the deficient practice of not providing additional education in handling a “demanding and difficult to manage” resident does not follow established protocols adopted by the facility to ensure that any written documentation of a completed investigation also includes the resident’s perspective.

Douglasville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
4028 Highway Five
Douglasville, GA 30135
(770) 942-7111

A “For-Profit” 246-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That a Resident Is Receiving Accurate Assessments by Qualified Health Professionals

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/06/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “accurately assess the oral/dental status for one edentulous resident with poor fitting dentures.” The failure directly affects one resident.” The deficient practice was noted after a review of a resident’s dental screening dated 07/06/2015 that documents “no natural teeth/edentulous. Denture condition is poor.”

The state surveyor conducted an observation of a resident who is “edentulous having no upper or lower natural teeth.” During the interview, the resident noted to say she has “dentures but they are very old and they do not fit well.” A review of the resident’s Oral/Denture Status Section-L of the MDS assessment was reviewed with the LPN in charge of providing care to the resident who stated “she does not know why it was not assess that the resident had problems with dentures or had no natural teeth. She said she did not perform the assessment at the time.”

Our Douglasville elder abuse attorneys recognize that assessors notes in the MDS (Minimum Data Set) assessment on the resident did not select to answer one question involving “broken or loosely fitting full or partial dentures” and did not select another question involving “no natural teeth/ edentulous.” However, the oral/dental assessor did select one box indicating “None of the above were present.” Any failure to follow specific protocols to ensure that the resident is receiving accurate assessment by a qualified health professional might be considered negligence or mistreatment. Additionally, the decision failure violates state and federal regulations and does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Douglasville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

East Lake Arbor
304 5th Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-6232

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

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Residents Are Free from Abuse, Physical Punishment or Being Separated from Others Due to Their Behavior

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/21/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “prevent verbal abuse for [a resident at the facility].” The failure at the facility involved a 73-year-old long-term resident residing “in a secured unit of the facility.” The deficient practice was noted after an observation made by the state surveyor of a resident “making loud noises and screaming. [The CNA] was observed to tell the resident to shut up in a loud voice.”

In a follow-up interview on 05/20/2015 at 2:50 PM, the CNA indicated “she acknowledged that she did tell [the resident] to shut up today while getting the group ready for activities. [The CNA] further revealed that she often tells the resident to shut up due to the resident’s behavior screaming [and] she gets frustrated with the resident when she starts screaming and tells her to shut up to get her to stop. She further revealed that she has tried re-directing the resident, or speaking with the resident calmly sometimes this works and sometimes it does not.”

While the state surveyor conducting an interview with the Administrator on 05/20/2015 noted that the Administrator “expects staff to speak with residents in a manner that is not verbally abusive. The Administrator revealed that she confirmed and acknowledged that the CNA should not have told [the resident] to shut up due to her behavior screaming.” However, the “Administrator revealed that there were no staff in-services regarding how to handle or speak to residents with behaviors.” The Administrator also “revealed that there was no training throughout the year on how to deal with residents with behaviors.”

Our Decatur elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to protect a resident from abuse and physical punishment or being separated from others directly violates state and federal regulations. The deficient action might be considered gross abuse or mistreatment and does not follow established protocols and procedures adopted by East Lake Arbor.

Fairburn Health Care Center
178 West Campbellton St.
Fairburn, GA 30213
(770) 964-1320

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Necessary Care and Services According to Doctor’s Orders to Ensure the Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/11/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “administer insulin by sliding scale coverage in accordance with physician’s orders.”

Our Fairburn nursing home neglect attorneys recognize and any failure to follow doctor’s orders to provide medication to a resident could have a negative impact on the resident’s health and well-being. In addition, the deficient practice directly violates federal and state nursing home regulations and does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Fairburn Health Care Center.

Roswell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
1109 Green St.
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 998-1802

A “For-Profit” 268-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Maintain a Rate of Medication Errors to Less Than Five Percent

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/29/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that one medication nurse administered medications without a medication error rate of five percent or greater.” The deficient practice was noted after an observation “conducted during medicine pass on 10/27/2015 beginning at 4:38 PM.” The observation “revealed one of four nurses administering medication in one of three halls with two omission medication errors observed from 28 opportunities. This resulted in a medication error rate of 6.89 percent.”

The state observer conducted a 10/27/2015 10 AM interview with the Registered Nurse administering the medications. The nurse “revealed that [1 resident] did not receive [their medications] at 9 AM due to these medications were not available for administration. The [registered nurse] further stated that this is not her regular medication cart and the [resident’s medications] should have been re-ordered from the pharmacy and available to administer to the resident this morning.”

The state surveyor conducted a 10/30/2015 12:40 PM interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who “revealed her expectations for nurses is that they follow standards and the facility’s protocols and guidelines during medication pass. [The Director of Nursing] further revealed that during medication pass the nurses are expected to make sure to check the resident’s medications are ready for administration prior to beginning medication pass to ensure residents receive their medications as per the schedule physician’s order.”

Our Roswell elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow physician’s orders has the potential of negatively impacting the health and well-being of the resident. In addition, the deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment because it does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and also violates numerous rules and regulations enforced by nursing home regulatory agencies.

Grace Health Care of Tucker
2165 Idlewild Rd.
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 934-3172

A “For-Profit” 136-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/20/2014, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that an elevated commode seat in one bathroom located on [a nursing unit] was in safe condition for resident use.” This failure affected to residents “who share this bathroom [and are] able to independently use the commode.”

The deficient practice was noted after the state surveyor observed the bathroom in room 110 revealing “an elevated commode seat in place over the toilet. A metal bar extended across the entire length of this assistive device. Upon further observation, it was noted that the arms of the elevated commode seat were wobbly and unsteady and the commode seat was corroded.”

An observation was by the facility’s Unit Manager who “verified that the elevated commode seat was corroded and wobbly. The state surveyor conducted an interview with the facility’s Maintenance Director who “stated that the Maintenance staff did weekly and monthly checks of resident’s rooms and bathrooms for maintenance issues, but stated they must have missed this wobbly, corroded commode seat.”

Our Tucker elder abuse lawyers recognize that any failure to provide residents an environment free of accident hazards directly violates state and federal regulations and might be considered negligence or mistreatment.

Powder Springs Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center
3460 Powder Springs Rd.
Powder Springs, GA 30127
(770) 439-9199

A “For-Profit” 208-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Care to Residents Requiring Special Services Including Respiratory Care

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/23/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “ensure that an oxygen concentrator filter was clean and maintained in a sanitary manner.” This failure directly affected one resident at the facility.

The state surveyor made observations of a resident on 04/20/2015 while performing an initial tour of the facility at 1 PM. The observations “revealed the filter of the oxygen concentrator was heavily coated with thick white lint. The resident was receiving continuous oxygen via nasal cannula at three liters per minute.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview with the Unit Manager, and Licensed Practical Nurse on 04/23/2015 at 11:30 AM. The interview revealed “that [the resident] is on hospice and requires oxygen daily. [The LPN] revealed that it is her expectation that the staff nurses monitor and maintain all oxygen concentrators including changing the tubing and filter when needed.

An interview conducted by the state surveyor with the facility’s Director of Nursing on 04/23/2015 at 11:49 AM “revealed that it is her expectation that the nurses clean the filters on the oxygen concentrator weekly and as needed.

Our Powder Springs elder abuse attorneys recognize that the nursing staff and administrators failed to follow facility policies involving the care of respiratory equipment that ensures “all respiratory nursing personnel shall follow a regular schedule for cleaning and maintaining respiratory equipment.” This deficient practice has the potential of causing the resident harm or injury and might be considered negligence or mistreatment. The failure also violates state and federal nursing home regulations.

Signature Health Care of Tower Road
26 Tower Rd.
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-8912

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

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Level of Care that Follows the Resident’s Written Plan of Care to Ensure Their Safety and Well-being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/23/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “follow the care plan for [a resident] regarding monitoring shunt site for thrill and bruit every shift and/or checking the shunt site for signs and symptoms of infection, pain and/or bleeding daily and/or when needed (PRN).” This failure affected one resident at the facility.

The state surveyor conducted a review of the resident’s 10/11/2014 care plan that “revealed to monitor shunt site by palpating for thrill and auscultating for bruit every shift.”, A continue review by the state surveyor “revealed to check shunt site for signs and symptoms of infection, pain, or bleeding daily and PRN. Notify position of absence of thrill and/or bruit.”

The state surveyor conducted a 07/22/2015 6:00 PM interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing that “revealed resident does have a shunt in the upper right arm that is being monitored, but not on a regular basis. [The Director of Nursing] further revealed however, that this documentation should be on the MAR. Continued interview revealed that some of the nurses have been documenting in the Nurse’s Notes.”

Our Marietta nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow the resident’s written care plan and established protocols for documenting the resident’s medical’s condition according to appropriate standards could cause harm or injury to the resident. Additionally, the deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment because it does not follow established protocols and procedures adopted by Signature Health Care of Tower Road and violates state and federal nursing home regulations.

Woodstock Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
105 Arnold Mill Rd.
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0016

A “For-Profit” 171-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols to Report and Investigate Any Incident of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/08/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “thoroughly investigate and report an allegation of verbal abuse to the State Agency.” This failure directly affected one resident at the facility.” The deficient practice was noted an interview with the resident occurring on 01/05/2014 at 1:57 PM. The interview “revealed that [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] had argued with the Nursing Supervisor and [a resident at the facility] in the presence of [the resident’s] roommate. [The resident] further indicated she felt verbally at abuse by [the CNA] and that nursing staff was aware of the behavior.”

The state surveyor conducted a 01/06/2015 11:35 AM interview with the facility’s Risk Manager. The interview “revealed the incident with [the resident] occurred on 12/15/2014 and was reviewed in the clinical meeting on 12/16/2014.” However, the facility’s Administrator revealed during a 01/06/2015 3:35 PM interview that “she had assumed the incident on 12/15/2014 was between two employees, not with a resident.” Additionally, “the facility could not provide evidence that a thorough investigation into [the resident’s] allegation of verbal abuse had been conducted or that the allegation had been reported to the State Survey agency until 01/07/2015.”

Our Woodstock elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols of reporting and investigating any act of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents violate state and federal regulations. The deficient practice of not reporting or investigating the alleged act of verbal abuse might be considered additional abuse or negligence against the resident. The failure does not follow established procedures and protocols adopted by Woodstock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and violates state and federal nursing home regulations.

Canton Nursing Center
321 Hospital Rd.
Canton, GA 30114

(770) 479-8791

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 Ensure That Nurses’ Aides Have the Skills and Techniques Necessary to Provide the Care to Meet Resident’s Needs

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/23/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that a Certified Nursing Assistant demonstrated competency during incontinent care for [a resident at the facility] who require two-person assist.” The failure “resulted in a fall.”

The deficient practice was noted after review of the facility’s Quarterly Minimum Data Set Assessment dated 01/19/2015 that identified a resident “was totally dependent on 2+ persons for bed mobility and toilet use. In addition, the resident status sheet for [the resident] specify the resident be positioned with assistance of two staff.

The state surveyor conducted a full review of the resident’s incident report dated 04/17/2015 where the fall was documented that “the resident slipped off of bed while being change, further documenting that the CNA stated that while removing the resident’s brief, the resident must of been too close to the edge.” However, the Employee Discipline Report referenced the CNA and the 04/17/2000 fall event involving the resident that “documented that [the CNA] had changed the resident alone instead of with the assistance of another staff person as required. This report documented that [the CNA] was reeducated regarding resident flow sheet use.

The state surveyor conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing on 04/23/2015, where the Director “stated that CNA staff were to follow Resident Status Sheets as trained. [The Director of Nursing] acknowledge that the Resident Status Sheet for [the injured resident] specify two-person assistance at all times with positioning and Activities of Daily Living care, but that [the CNA] provided care to [the injured resident] without assistance.”

Our Canton nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow Resident Status Sheets that indicate the number of nursing aides required incontinence care and repositioning might be considered negligence, especially if the deficient practice harms the resident. Additionally, the failure violates both federal and state nursing home regulations and does not follow the established policies, procedures and protocols adopted by Canton Nursing Center.

Steps to Prevent Neglect and Abuse Occurring in Nursing Facilities

After placing a loved one in a nursing facility, many families serve as their legal advocate trusting that by continually watching what the nursing facility does will prevent any abuse, neglect or mistreatment from occurring. Unfortunately, many of the signs of abuse and neglect are difficult to detect and may not be apparent because the loved one is unable to verbalize what is going on. However, there are significant ways to identify not so obvious signs of abuse and neglect happening at the facility. Some of these include:

  • Any indicator of a developing bedsore or degrading bedsore that was acquired after the resident was admitted to the nursing home;
  • Signs that a loved one has been overmedicated or given too much sedating medicine that might be used to chemically restrain or control them;
  • Not providing the resident the right to make choices on whether they want to be resuscitated or not during an event where they might require resuscitation;
  • Less detectable physical signs of abuse including unexplainable bruising, lacerations or broken bones;
  • Dangerous or hazardous conditions inside the facility that might place residents at risk for falling, such as slippery floors, broken steps or defective handrails;
  • Failure of the nursing staff to follow procedures and protocols to prevent the spread of infection from resident to another;
  • Failure to follow procedures and protocols when administering medications to minimize the potential of an error;
  • Failure to develop effective protocols, policies and procedures to prevent residents from eloping or wandering away from the facility;
  • Any sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Indicators of malnourishment or dehydration when the resident is not provided any access to food or water

If you suspect your loved one has been victimized by caregivers or other residents at the facility it is crucial to take effective immediate steps to stop the harm now. However, speaking to authorities might be challenging. Because of that many families choose to hire personal injury attorneys who specialize in nursing home abuse cases. Having an attorney on your side can ensure that all legal steps are taken to stop the harm, and proactive measures that might include moving your loved one to a new facility happen as quickly as possible.

Hiring a Lawyer

The Northeast Cobb County nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC represent victims of nursing home mistreatment, neglect or abuse. Our team of experienced Georgia elder abuse lawyers can open an investigation immediately and provide numerous options to hold caregivers, supervisors and administrators legally and financially accountable. Our Georgia nursing home neglect lawyers can build a solid case to ensure you receive financial recompense for your damages, injuries or harm.

For immediate legal assistance, we encourage you to make contact with our law offices today by calling (800) 926-7565 to schedule your free, no obligation full case review. All information you share remains confidential. We accept all nursing home abuse cases, personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits on contingency. This means we provide immediate legal representation and are only paid for our services once we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or jury award at the conclusion of your successful lawsuit trial, if necessary.

For additional information on Georgia laws and information on nursing homes look here.

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