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The Orchard - Post Acute Care Nursing Facility
Many families have limited options on how to ensure that their loved one receives the best care and choose to place them in a community nursing facility. Unfortunately, the incident rates of abuse and neglect occurring in nursing homes nationwide have risen significantly over the last few decades. Many patients become victims of mistreatment at the hands of caregivers, employees, visitors, or other residents.
If your loved one suffered harm while living in a Los Angeles County nursing facility, contact the California Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Let our team of abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive monetary compensation for your damages.The Orchard - Post Acute Care Nursing Facility
This long-term care facility is a 162-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-participating center providing services to residents of Whittier and Los Angeles County, California. The "for-profit" home is located at:
12385 E. Washington Blvd
Whittier, California 90606
The Orchard - Post Acute Care Nursing Facility
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, The Orchard - Post Acute Care Nursing Facility offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-term and long term care, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies.Financial Penalties and Violations
The federal government has the legal authority to penalize any nursing facility that violates rules and regulations. These penalties include monetary fines and denial of payment for Medicare services. High monetary fines usually indicate extremely severe violations that harmed or could have harmed residents.
This nursing facility received seven complaints and self-reported four serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the comprehensive California Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services Website.
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To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the state of California and Medicare.com routinely update their long-term care home database systems with info on violations, citations, and deficiencies.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Reports of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents – citation #F225 date February 21, 2017
- Failure to Provide Appropriate Pressure Ulcer Care Prevent New Ulcers from Developing – citation #F686 date December 17, 2017
The state investigators determined the nursing home "failed to thoroughly investigate and report to the Department (Licensing and Certification Program) immediately (as soon as possible but not to exceed twenty-four hours after discovery of the incident) or within twenty-four hours of the observation, knowledge, or suspicion of the allegation made by [two residents].”
In one incident, the resident alleged being handled roughly by a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) during personal care. The resident reported the incident to a Registered Nurse (RN), however, the RN “did not report the resident’s allegation to the facility’s Administrator (Abuse Coordinator) and no investigation was done by the facility.”
A second resident “alleged being forced to take his medications given by a Licensed Vocational Nurse.” The resident’s allegation “being forced to take medications given by the LVN was reported to the facility’s Administrator by Customer Service Staff. However, no investigation was done.” The Administrator did not interview the resident.
It was determined that the “deficient practices had the potential of not protecting [both residents] from further abuse and possibly exposing other residents.”
The “facility failed to provide correct settings for the pressure-relieving device (low air loss mattress) for skin maintenance and preventing the worsening of pressure ulcer development for [two residents].” This “deficient practice had the potential to affect healing of the pressure ulcers.”
The Director of Nursing verified upon observation that the low air loss mattress machine was set at 400 pounds while the resident was in bed. During the same date and time, the Director of Nursing went into the resident’s room and “acknowledged the setting should be according to the resident’s weight to promote wound healing.”
For the second resident, a Licensed Vocational Nurse acknowledged that “the setting for the low air loss mattress [was set] at 240 and that the setting should be according to the resident’s weight and the resident did not weigh 240 pounds.”
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