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Oakhurst Center Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
For many years, nursing home residents throughout the United States have been subjected to neglect and abuse by caregivers, employees, or other residents. Many problems with the nursing home industry involve untrained professionals, short staffing, and a lack of supervision that leads to resident-to-resident assault.
If your loved one was injured while living in a Marion County nursing facility, contact the Florida Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal help. Let our team of abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive monetary compensation to recover your damages.
Oakhurst Center Nursing Home
This nursing home is a Medicare and Medicaid-participating "for-profit" center providing cares and services to residents of Ocala and Marion County, Florida. The 180-certified bed nursing facility is located at:
1501 SE 24th Rd
Ocala, Florida 34471
Oakhurst Center Nursing Home
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Oakhurst Center Nursing Home offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-stay care, IV (intravenous) therapy, respite care, hospice, wound care, dementia and memory care, colostomy care, and restorative services involving physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
Federal and state investigators have a legal obligation to penalize any nursing home that violated a rule or regulation that harmed or could have harmed a resident. These penalties typically include imposed monetary fines or a denial of payment for Medicare services. Usually, the higher the violation, the higher the fine.
The nursing home received thirteen complaints over the last three years that resulted in a violation citation. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
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Ocala Florida Nursing Home Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research Medicare.gov and the Florida Department of Public Health website database systems for a complete list of deficiencies, violations, and citations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation #F689 date August 23, 2018
- Failure to Ensure Residents Are Free from Significant Medication Errors – citation #F760 date November 16, 2018
The state investigators determined that the facility “failed to implement the smoking policy for [one smoker] and to secure oxygen tanks on one of five halls.
The resident was observed in their room on August 20, 2018, beginning “at approximately 9:25 AM with the Unit Manager” while asleep in bed. Two packs of cigarettes were on the overbed table.
The smoking materials out in plain view in a resident’s room violated the facility’s policy for Smoking involving Independent Smokers that reads “may retain all smoking materials, as long as they are secured. Smoking materials for residents determined to require supervision shall be retained in a secure box at the nurse’s station in a labeled, Ziploc bag.”
The investigators reviewed the facility’s Smoking List that revealed that this resident “had completed an assessment on May 1, 2017.” However, there was no Smoking Assessment or Care Plan directed to Smoking. The activities Care Plan dated May 2018, indicates “he smokes outside with no directives.”
The Unit Manager stated that the resident “is an independent smoker [and] can keep cigarettes with him on the table in a secure manner.”
The facility “failed to document medication administration to [five residents] whose records were reviewed.” The investigation involved a resident with “an order to flush the Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) line” according to protocols.
The investigators interviewed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who stated, “Yes, I see blanks on the Medication Administration Record (MAR) for [this resident]. I know that is not right” when discussing documented care. The Director of Nursing stated, “I have only been here for three months. I would consider that missing initials a deviation from the normal process.”
Additionally, there was missing documentation involving nurses’ initials when administering medication on numerous occasions between February 2, 2019, and February 17, 2019. The investigators interviewed a Registered Nurse (RN) who stated, “she had reported to the Director of Nursing when she identified items that should be addressed in the Medication Administration Record. An example given was a nurse’s signature on the bottom of the page, and initials were missing from the MAR.”
Was Your Loved One Injured at Oakhurst Center Nursing Home? Our Lawyers can Help
Were you the victim of mistreatment, neglect, or abuse while living at Oakhurst Center Nursing Home? Contact the Florida nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Marion County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Ocala.
We do not charge for case evaluations and consultations. Also, we provide a 100% “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This promise means we will postpone all of your payments for legal services until after we have secured a financial recovery on your behalf. All information you share with our law offices will remain confidential.