Northeast Jefferson County Colorado Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Northeast Jefferson County Colorado Nursing Home Abuse LawyersOur Northeast Jefferson County nursing home abuse lawyers are witnessing a substantial rise in the number of criminal and civil cases that involve mistreatment, abuse and neglect happening in nursing facilities throughout central Colorado. Sadly, many more cases of abuse and neglect go unreported every year because victims of abuse do not have the ability to describe what is happening or live in fear of retaliation if they tell anyone.

Of the more than 450,000 residents living in Northeast Jefferson County, approximately 52,000 are retirees. Many of these elderly individuals moved here decades ago to enjoy the beautiful climate and phenomenal amenities these communities provide including those in Arvada, Lakewood, West Pleasant View, Leyden and Columbine.

Unfortunately, the increasing numbers of retirees in the community has placed a substantial demand on the number of beds required in nursing facilities that are already overcrowded. Additionally, the number of available registered nurses, certified nurses’ assistants and licensed practical nurses are greatly limited. This means that many nursing homes expect extended hours from their already fatigued and stressed nursing staff. As a result, the incident rates involving nursing home abuse and neglect have risen sharply in recent years.

Northeast Jefferson County Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Northeast Jefferson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have legally represented many senior citizens victimized while living in a nursing facility in Colorado. Our team of dedicated elder abuse lawyers review cases involving nursing home safety concerns, open investigations and filed complaints. We post this information below to be used as an effective tool when deciding where to place a loved one who requires quality skilled nursing care and a safe and loving environment.

Comparing Northeast Jefferson County Area Nursing Facilities

Our Colorado elder abuse attorneys have listed the nursing homes below that are currently maintaining average to below average ratings as posted on the national Medicare.gov website. Our attorneys have listed their primary concerns that include: providing lower standards of care, preventable bedsores, unexplained dramatic weight loss, lack of care in treating pain and other situations that place the health and well-being of the resident in jeopardy.

Information on Colorado Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

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

Castle Rock Care Center
4001 Home St.
Castle Rock, CO 80108
(303) 688-3174

A “For-Profit” 91-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Minimum Level of Skilled Nursing Care That Meet Professional Standards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/10/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure services provided or arranged by the facility met professional standards of quality.” This deficient practice affected two residents caused by the facility’s failure to follow physician’s orders.

The complaint investigation was initiated by a state investigator concerning the observation of a resident in the dining room during the breakfast hour. At 8:22 AM, “the resident had been serve his breakfast plate was chewing some of his food and drinking beverages when the nurse approached him with his medications. The resident was observed taking his medications while eating.” The state surveyor interviewed the resident at 9:40 AM where the resident “stated he was aware he took specific medications and acknowledge that it was important that he received them on time because it helped with his condition. The resident stated he got his medications late sometimes.”

The state surveyor interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing 10 minutes later. The Director of Nursing “stated she did not know the specific time frames or whether there were certain residents who had medications scheduled at a specific time. [The Director of Nursing] stated that medications could be given one hour before or one hour after the scheduled time frame but that this facility med pass times recently changed to reflect culture change. [The Director of Nursing] was informed of the above observations and acknowledged that if a physician wrote a specific time frame for medication it should be followed. She stated that [the specific medications given to this resident] should be given on an empty stomach and that if a resident did not receive the medication on time it could affect them up to 24 hours.”

Our Castle Rock Nursing Home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow professional standards of quality and failure to give the resident their medications within a specific time frame might be considered neglect or mistreatment. In addition, the deficient practice of not following physician’s orders directly violates both federal and state regulations and does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Castle Rock Care Center.

Boulder Manor
4685 East Baseline Rd.
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 494-0535

A “For-Profit” 165-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Nutritional Well-Balanced Diet That Resulted in a 22 Percent Loss of Body Weight within 40 Days after Being Admitted

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/11/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure [that two residents] whose nutritional status’ were reviewed […] maintained acceptable parameters of nutritional status, such as body weight and protein levels, unless clinical conditions demonstrated it was not possible to receive a therapeutic diet when there was a nutritional problem.”

A resident at the facility “sustained a significant weight loss of 33 pounds [or 22 percent of their weight] within 40 days of her admission to the facility and was discharged home on hospice services.” The physician’s Progress Notes indicate that the resident “was noted to have poor oral intake. The assessment/plan for weight loss included: she has lost significant weight. She will be started on supplements. This does not portend (indicate by signs) a poor prognosis in this elderly woman who is very sick.”

The complaint investigation was initiated after a state surveyor recognize the facility’s failure to:

  • Consult a dietitian regarding the significant weight loss as ordered by her doctor
  • Obtain and clarify her physician’s orders
  • Obtain the resident’s weight as ordered
  • Update or revise the resident’s care plan to reflect her significant weight loss;
  • Appropriately assess her food preferences;
  • Provide appropriate assistance to help the resident during meals;
  • Provide regular laboratory monitoring to find any cause of weight loss or symptoms of undernutrition;
  • Provide a variety of nutritional supplements to help the resident prevent weight loss; appropriately document the resident’s intakes or refusals to eat;
  • Timely address the resident significant weight loss with an interdisciplinary team

Our Boulder Colorado nursing home neglect attorneys understand that any failure to provide proper nutrition and a well-balanced diet can significantly decline the health and well-being of the resident. The deficient practices listed above might be considered negligence or mistreatment and does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Boulder Manor or the acceptable standards of practice enforced by state and federal nursing home regulators.

Powerback Rehabilitation Lakewood
7395 West Eastman Pl.
Lakewood, CO 80227
(303) 730-8000

A “For-Profit” 108-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Pain Medications to a Resident in Extreme Pain in a Timely Manner Causing the Resident Preventable Extreme Pain Lasting More Than Seven Hours

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practical physical, mental or psychosocial well-being in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care for [a resident at the facility].” This deficient practice resulted in the resident not receiving medications as per physician’s orders in a timely manner.

The complaint investigation was initiated after a state surveyor reviewed a resident’s “anti-coagulant care plan initiated on 08/20/2015 with a target date of 11/17/2015.” The review “revealed in part [that] the resident was at risk for injury or complications related to the use of an anticoagulant therapy medication. The intervention listed was the anticoagulant to be given as ordered, monitor for active bleeding, attain vital signs as ordered.

However, the facility documentation of the resident’s conditions presented to the state surveyor “revealed the resident did not receive her first dose of pain medication until 7:21 PM and the [pain medication to treat severe pain was not given] until 11 PM. A delay of seven hours and 21 minutes. The resident’s pain level at times was 10 out of 10. Additionally, the [pain medication prescribed by the doctor] was a medication available in the e-kit [at the facility].”

Hallmark Nursing Center
3701 West Radcliffe Ave.
Denver, CO 80236
(303) 784-6484

A “For-Profit” 143-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Resuscitation Wishes of a Resident Wanting to Be Resuscitated in the Event of Being Non-Responsive

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/27/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure [2 residents at the facility] receive care and services to meet their highest practical level of well-being.” The deficient practice was noted after an observation where the facility “failed to ensure [a resident’s] wishes for cardiopulmonary resuscitation were honored. [The staff] failed to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when the resident was found without a pulse and respirations.”

A care plan conference recorded at the facility revealed the resident was a full code requiring CPR. The “discussed status indicated the resident wanted CPR attempted if she was found non-responsive without a pulse and not breathing. A review of telephone orders showed physical therapy and occupational therapy were discontinued due to the resident transitioning to hospice services related to her failure to thrive diagnosis.”

However, a review of the resident’s care plans “failed to show an interim care plan for hospice services. There was no advanced directive care plan to indicate the resident’s wishes that CPR be attempted in the event she was found nonresponsive and without a pulse.” Her most recent progress reports were reviewed and revealed that at approximately 7:30 AM, “the resident was found on the floor lying flat on her back with her legs stretched out in front of her and her arms flat on the floor next to the resident. The resident was found without a pulse, respirations, blood pressure or a heart rate. The note included the resident was a do not resuscitate (DNR). There was no documentation in the progress note indicate the facility attempted CPR to honor the wishes of the resident if she was found unresponsive, without a pulse and found not breathing.”

Our Denver nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow the resuscitation wishes of a resident found nonresponsive might be considered negligence or mistreatment. The deficient practice does not follow the established protocols adopted by Hallmark Nursing Center and violate many of the established procedures enforced by federal and state nursing home regulators.

Manor Care Health Services – Denver
290 South Michael Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80224
(303) 355-2525

A “For-Profit” 160-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Pain Medications in a Timely Manner at a Strength High Enough to Take Away the Resident’s Pain

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/05/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “provide the care and services necessary to maintain the highest practical physical well-being of [a resident] interviewed about pain.”

One deficient practice was noted after an observation that a resident’s “pain was not adequately managed, contributing to the resident experiencing unrelieved shoulder pain at a level above her acceptable level of pain.” The state surveyor interviewed a resident on 04/27/2015 when the resident “complained that her right shoulder was very painful. She rated her pain level at 8/10 (with 10 being the worst pain) said she received as needed (PRN) pain medication at 4 PM, but the PRN medication does not give her any relief. She said she tried to get the nurse to call the doctor for her but nothing had been done. The resident said the pain medication they were giving her was not helpful at all.”

“The resident stated she asked the nurse at the facility to contact the in-house doctor and the in-house therapist for her, but the nurses did not call either professional.” The resident indicated that “she was told that they would have to put her on a waiting list to see a doctor.”

Our Denver nursing home attorneys recognize that failing to provide the necessary care and services to ensure that the resident maintains their highest well-being directly violates established policies and procedures adopted by Manor Care Health Services and might be considered negligence or mistreatment.

Summit Rehabilitation and Care Community
500 Geneva St.
Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 364-9311
A “For-Profit” 110-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Physician’s Orders to Provide Eye Drops to Treat Infections in Both Eyes That Led to the Removal of Both Eyes through Surgery

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/26/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “maintain the highest practical well-being [for a resident at the facility].” The complaint investigation was initiated after a surveyor noted that the facility “failed to follow or clarify physician’s orders [that] subsequently the resident had to have both of his eyes surgically removed.”

A family member of the resident was interviewed on 03/23/2015 indicating that the facility “failed to follow and give the physician ordered medications including the eye antibiotics. The resident continued with eye problems until both eyes had to be removed because of the infection. The family member stated that one time a facility nurse called her in October (2015) some time to apologize that she had not given the eye drops ordered for the resident’s [medical condition].”

The family member further stated that after the first night following surgery, “the resident had scratched under his dressing with his bare hands because of itching. The nurse on duty had informed the family member that his bloody sheets had to be removed and there was blood all over the bed, even on the blue comforter the family member had purchased for the resident.” The family member stated “that the resident often complained of itching at the surgery site and even the facility physician ordered [a special medication to treat] the itching.”

The family member stated Summit Rehabilitation and Care Community “tried to cancel the one-week follow-up appointment, but [the family member] insisted the resident keep it because the family member was waiting at the surgeon’s office. When [the resident] returned to the surgeon with red puffy eyelids and a red swollen face, the surgeon was more upset that the facility had not sent the resident to the emergency room after the resident had removed the dressings after the first day after surgery.”

Our Aurora, Colorado nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to provide physician order treatments that led us to the serious harm of a resident might be considered gross negligence. Additionally, the deficient practice of not providing eye drops ordered by the physician that led to the resident’s surgical removal of both eyes grossly violates the rights of the resident to receive even the most basic standard of care.

Vista Grande Inn
680 East Hospital Dr.
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 564-1122

A “For-Profit” 101-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents Dignity and Respect in a Way That Maintains Their Individuality

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/08/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “promote care for residents in a manner and in an environment that maintains or enhances each resident’s dignity and respect in full recognition of his or her individuality.” This failure directly affected one resident at the facility when the facility “failed to treat the resident in a dignified manner.”

The complaint investigation was initiated after a 10/06/2015 9:23 AM interview where the resident “reveal that some of the aides were hateful in the way they spoke. The resident stated she felt spoken to in a disrespectful manner at night when she asked for help going to the bathroom and had been told before that she could do it yourself. The resident also stated that when some of the aides come on duty they do not really pay attention to a person and did not always greet her. The resident could not remember a specific date, time or incident; only that it occurred regularly. She stated she was not the only one who had the same complaint.”

The investigator conducted a 10/07/2015 9:24 AM interview with a CNA working at the facility who stated “she received training a month ago about respect. The CNA stated the resident was pleasant to work with and was able to express what her needs and wants were.”

The state investigator then conducted a 10/08/2015 8:58 AM interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who stated “an in-service was done over the summer regarding dignity [… and] she had not received a report or grievance from the resident or any staff regarding respect and dignity [… and] it was her expectation that the resident be treated with respect and if she needed assistance at night, she should be receiving it.”

Our Cortez nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to provide a resident respect and dignity strips the rights of individuality and that the deficient practice might be considered mistreatment or abuse. This failure directly violates both state and federal regulations.

Valley Manor Care Center
1401 S. Cascade
Montrose, CO 81410
(970) 249-9634

A “Not for Profit” 101-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/09/2014, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “pass efficiency nursing staff to provide care and services for [a resident’s at the facility] to attain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being for each resident.” The deficient practice was noted after an observation by the state surveyor of the facility’s “failure to provide staffing contributed to residents experiencing incontinence which they state it was embarrassing and made them feel uncomfortable and terrible.”

The state surveyor conducted a 12/02/2014 11:30 AM interview with a resident at the facility who stated “there was not enough staff. Specifically, she stated, When I wanted to go to the bathroom, one of the aides told me that they were short staffed. She told me if I had more hands like an octopus, she could make sure that I go. Since they are short staffed, they do not have anybody to take me.” The resident told the surveyor that the previous day “she was incontinent of urine. When asked how it made her feel, she stated, It made me feel that I really did have to go.”

Another interview conducted by the surveyor on 12/02/2014 at 11:04 AM with a different resident noted that that resident said “they are cutting down on staff members. They need more help at night. Down my hall, there is usually one CNA. They need at least two on this hall at night. They are also shorthanded in the mornings.”

Our Montrose nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to provide adequate staffing directly violates both state and federal regulations and does not follow the established procedures and policies adopted by Valley Manor Care Center. The deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the residents.

Four Corners Health Center
2911 Junction St.
Durango, CO(970) 247-2215

A “For-Profit” 158-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Care in a Manner That Maintains or Builds the Dignity and Respect of Individuality for Every Resident in the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/25/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “promote care for [a resident] who received assistance with dining, in a manner and in an environment that maintained or enhanced [the resident’s] dignity and respect in full recognition of his or her individuality.” The deficient practice was noted after an observation by the surveyor of the facility’s failure “to speak to [a] resident prior to removing her from the dining room; [and] serve drinks and supplements in a dignified manner to residents who dined at assistance tables; and describe a group of residents with respect and dignity.”

An observation made by the state surveyor revealed that a certified nurse aide (CNA) “was observed to walk in the main dining room from the hallway, walked up behind a resident’s wheelchair and pulled her away from the table. The resident was in the middle of eating her cream of wheat when [the CNA] pulled her away from the table without speaking to the resident. The resident had an upset look on her face and gasped as her wheelchair was pulled back suddenly away from the table. With her spoon in her hand she looked at her untouched eggs and French toast as she was pulled back and removed from the dining room.”

Prior to removing the resident from the dining room area, the CNA “was observed to look at the resident’s table mates and told them the resident had an emergency phone call needed to leave the table right away.”

A follow-up interview with a facility LPN (licensed practical nurse) “reported that the expectation was always ask the resident if they were finished with their meal and wanted to leave the dining room before taking them out of the dining room.”

Our Durango nursing home abuse attorneys recognize it any failure to provide dignity and respect that maintains a resident’s individuality might be considered abuse or mistreatment. Additionally, the deficient practice does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Four Corners Health Center and violates both federal and state regulations.

San Juan Living Center
1043 Ridge St.
Montrose, CO 81401
(970) 249-9683

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

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Adequate Staff to Meet the Health and Hygiene Requirements of Every Resident That Maximizes Their Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/11/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “provide sufficient nursing staff to provide care and services for [10 residents at the facility] to attain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview on 08/11/2015 at 1:54 PM with a resident in the facility who stated there was not enough staffing in the building and that “she had to wait up to 30 minutes for assistance and that is too long. She stated that one time she had to wait. I had to get myself out of bed and I fell to the floor. She stated that she had incontinent episodes every day [because of her medical issues]. She also stated that she could get herself in the bathroom, but she could not get herself back off the toilet.” In describing an incident when she was on the toilet, “she stated they just left and went home. It made me feel like I do not mean anything to anyone. You just do not leave people alone.”

An interview conducted with another resident on 08/05/2015 confirmed the lack of staffing at the facility. The resident stated “sometimes you push the nurse call button and you wait an hour and a half. My neighbor used to fall and I would push the button. I have had problems with insulin reactions and they have not responded as quick as I would want. The resident said he was having lightheadedness and when they checked his blood sugar was down around 60.”

The state surveyor completed a review of Daily Schedules for Nurses over the previous three months and compared the information to the resident census. The information “revealed that the actual staffing was short of expectations per NHA [nursing home administration] interview approximately 50 percent of the time. Although facility staff stated in interviews that they felt staffing was sufficient, resident and family interviews did not support the NHA’s statements that staff was sufficient to meet resident needs.”

Our Montrose nursing home neglect attorneys recognize it any failure to provide adequate staffing to ensure the health and hygiene needs of every resident are met might be considered abuse, mistreatment or neglect. In addition, the deficient practice of short staffing directly violates nursing home regulations enforced by federal and state agencies.

Providing Advocacy to Protect Their Loved One

If your loved one, spouse, parent or grandparent currently resides in a nursing home, it is crucial to pay close attention to the medical staff and the level of care they provide every resident. If you suspect your loved one is the victim of neglect or abuse, there are specific actions available to tackle the problem.

The most common indicators that your loved one has suffered some type of abuse or neglect involve:

  • Physical Abuse – Your loved one can suffer abuse in numerous ways by the hands of their caregivers or from assault by other residents in the facility. Typical cases involving physical abuse involve direct assault from uncaring nursing staff who provide inadequate supervision causing the resident to fall or by unnecessary physical restraint in an effort to make it more convenient for the nursing team.
  • Neglect – Becoming a victim of neglect is much different than being abused. Your loved one may not receive proper medication or the right medication at the proper time. Your loved one might be a victim of neglect at the nursing team fails to follow doctor’s orders or lacks the appropriate training and education to provide a standard of care necessary for the health and well-being of the resident.
  • Mistreatment – Many residents of the victim of mistreatment when other residents or the nursing staff belittles, threatens, argues, steals from or verbally assaults the resident.

If you recognize any of the signs of abuse, neglect or mistreatment, it is essential to take appropriate actions by calling authorities and reporting what you have noticed immediately. Doing so provides the opportunity for quick action to stop the unacceptable behavior and provide protection of your loved one from any future harm. Many times, families will hire a personal injury attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases. Having a lawyer on your side can assure you that all appropriate legal measures are taken to ensure your loved one is protected.

Hiring a Lawyer

The Colorado Springs nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have provided legal advocacy to victims of nursing home abuse all throughout Colorado. Our team of experienced central Colorado elder abuse attorneys investigate reported incidences of neglect and abuse and assist families in seeking the financial compensation they deserve for their damages.

We urge you to contact our law offices today through our elder abuse hotline at (800) 926-7565. By scheduling a full case, free review of your case, we can provide numerous legal options on how to proceed. All information you share with us remains confidential. We accept wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury claims and elder abuse cases through contingency fee agreements. This means you will receive immediate legal representation without paying us a retainer or upfront fee.

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

If you are looking for information on a specific facility or an attorney, please see links below to respective locality pages.

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