Oxnard California Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Oxnard Elder Abuse AttorneyThe federal government and the state of California have strict laws providing protection to nursing home residents from any type of neglect or abuse. Unfortunately, mistreatment against the elderly still occurs every day in nursing facilities statewide. In fact, the Oxnard nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have witnessed an alarming rise in the number of cases involving mistreatment of society’s most vulnerable individuals.

Many more elderly citizens are moving into nursing facilities. This is because there are significant numbers of seniors in Ventura County choosing to stay in the beautiful community during their retirement years. In fact, an estimated 205,000 residents live with an Oxnard city limits of which nearly 18,000 are senior citizens. That number more than doubles if all the retirees in Ventura County are counted. The number is expected to rise in the coming years because of the influx of aging baby boomers that live throughout Southern California.

As more aging individuals relocate into nursing facilities, the opportunity for abuse, mistreatment and neglect will likely increase. Even though state and federal agencies have developed policies and procedures enforced to protect nursing home residents, limited resources and the number of staff required to handle every complaint make mistreatment all but impossible to control.

Oxnard Nursing Home Resident Health Concerns

Finding answers about how nursing homes in the community provide care to their residents can prove challenging. In many cases, the answers to serious problems, opened investigations and filed complaints can only be found in the resident’s medical records. Because of that, our California elder abuse attorneys continuously review national databases including Medicare.gov. This publicly available information outlines serious health and safety concerns in nursing homes nationwide. We post our findings in an effort to assist families facing the undesirable challenge of determining where to place a loved one who requires the best quality health and hygiene care.

Comparing Oxnard Area Nursing Facilities

The list below was compiled by our Ventura County nursing home neglect attorneys detailing nursing facilities in the Oxnard area currently maintaining below standard ratings compared to other homes nationwide. In addition, we’ve published our primary concerns by stating specific cases involving neglect, mistreatment or abuse.

Information on California Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

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

MAYWOOD ACRES HEALTHCARE CENTER
2641 South C St
Oxnard, California 93033
(805) 487-7840

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 Ensure That the Nursing Home Environment Is Free from Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Any Elopement from the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/11/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “provide adequate supervision and assistive device to ensure [a resident the facility] did not elope, when the resident exited via an alarmed door.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Maywood Acres Healthcare Center placed the resident at risk for harm.”

An interview was conducted at 2:45 PM on 01/04/2016 with the facility’s Director of Nursing who indicated that at 5:30 PM on 12/13/2015, the resident “open an alarmed back door to two unknown visitors, and as the visitors entered the facility, [the resident] exited the facility. When the facility responded to the sound of the doors alarms, the two visitors entering the facility through the back door indicated [that the resident] had opened the door for them.”

The state investigator noted that the facility failed “to ensure that the resident had not left the facility. Ten minutes later at 5:40 PM, the facility noted the resident had left the facility alone, and began a search.”

The December 2013 facility incident report indicate that it was “more than five hours later, at 10:50 PM [that the resident] was located in his brother’s house, 2.8 miles away.”

Our Oxnard nursing home neglect attorneys recognize it failing to provide every resident an environment free of accident hazards and provide adequate supervision to prevent an elopement from occurring could place the health and well-being of the resident in immediate jeopardy. The deficient practice by the nursing staff and administration at Maywood Acres Healthcare Center have the potential of causing serious harm to the resident and violates both state and federal nursing home regulations.

OXNARD MANOR HEALTHCARE CENTER
1400 W Gonzales Rd
Oxnard, California 93030
(805) 983-0324

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Necessary Services and Care to Ensure the Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/18/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “provide timely pain management for [a resident the facility who] complained of pain and requested pain medication, but the facility failed to address the pain until 45 minutes later.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff at Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center placed the “resident at risk for complications of pain.”

As a part of the investigation, surveyor’s reviewed a resident’s medical records to indicate that the resident “had no memory problems, able to express needs and ideas, and able to understand others […and] required extensive assistance with locomotion, transfer, dressing, toilet use and personal hygiene.”

The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 08/11/2015 records that revealed “a physician ordered the facility to monitor the resident’s pain every shift (every eight hours) and medicate [the resident with the medication to relieve moderate to severe pain through a] tablet by mouth every three hours PRN (as needed).”

A part of the investigation involved a 9:30 AM 08/20/2015 interview with the resident’s family friend who stated “on 08/14/2015 I was visiting my friend [the resident when] around 2:15 PM, complained of being in pain. I came up in the room and asked staff members to give him [the resident] pain medication. Staff member answered that all nurses were in a meeting. I came out again 15 minutes later and was told that everyone was still in a meeting. When I again [came out at] 2:50 PM, nurse told me she doesn’t have a key for the medication cart. My friend was in pain. Finally, he received pain medication at 3:00 PM.”

The state investigator conducted a 9:00 AM 08/20/2015 interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who stated that “on 08/14/2015 at 2:00 PM, all the licensed staff had an in-service upstairs in a conference room. Only the CNA’s were present on the floor […and] the CNA was supposed to call the nurse as soon as [a resident] requested the pain medication.”

Our Oxnard nursing home neglect lawyers recognize the failing to follow procedures and protocols when providing treatment and medication to a resident in pain could cause additional pain and injury. The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center might be considered negligence or mistreatment because the unacceptable actions violated the facility’s own 01/01/2012 policy and procedure title: Pain Management that reads in part:

“Facility staff is responsible for helping the resident attain or maintain their highest level of well-being while working to prevent or manage the resident’s pain.”

COASTAL VIEW HEALTHCARE CENTER
4904 Telegraph Rd
Ventura, California 93003
(805) 642-4101

A “For-Profit” 93-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Necessary Services and Care to Ensure the Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/29/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “provide care in a manner to retain each resident’s dignity for [3 residents of the facility who] complained that response to call lights was slow or not at all, causing discomfort and stress.”

The complaint investigation was initiated because of the observation of the facility’s failure that have the “potential to cause discomfort, stress and affronts to the dignity of residents.”

In one incident, a resident “complained she had engaged the emergency call bell in the bathroom when she fell hard on to the toilet and suffered pain and swelling […and] she called for assistance and yelled that she had hurt her back when there was no response to the emergency call bell […and] after waiting a long period, her roommate eventually came to her assistance.”

In a separate occasion “on 09/08/2015 at 9:45 AM, the spouse of [the resident] complained that the previous night, when she arrived about 5:00 PM, she found her husband soiled and on wet sheets […and] he was very uncomfortable […and] her husband told her he had called for assistance 15 minutes earlier.” The spouse then stated that “they waited another 45 minutes and then she went looking for staff […and was] told the evening supervisor her husband needed the wet bed linens changed.”

In response, “the supervisor told her the name of the aide assigned to her husband and said he would have the aide assist them.” However, “after waiting a while longer, the wife changed the bed linens herself […and] placed the linens on the floor outside the room.” As a response, “a female staff member admonished her stating, ‘you should have not done that’.” The wife of the resident “then went to the other unit and reported to the supervisor what had happened.”

The state investigator conducted a 4:45 PM 09/08/2015 telephone interview with the facility supervisor who stated “she came to me and I told her who the Certified Nursing Assistant was and that she was with another patient. Later I found out the [Certified Nursing Assistant] was busy and asked a second Certified Nursing Assistant to help, but I guess she didn’t. When asked about the bed linens being on the floor in the hall, the supervisor denied having any knowledge of that.”

An observation was made of the resident at 1:30 PM “seated in a wheelchair in his room eating lunch. When asked about the staff response to call lights he responded, ‘they are all zombies. I know they are busy but they come in and say I’ll be right back, but they never do return’. He added sometimes they say they will go get someone, but no one ever shows up.”

Our Ventura nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that failing to provide necessary care and services ensuring that the resident attain their highest well-being could place the health of the resident in jeopardy. The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Coastal View Healthcare Center and not answering call lights or providing care to residents in need might be considered negligence or mistreatment.

VISTA COVE CARE CENTER AT SANTA PAULA
250 March St
Santa Paula, California 93060
(805) 525-7134

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident in an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/16/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “provide assistance by facility staff for [a resident at the facility who was] instructed by facility staff to walk unassisted from her room, across the hallway and through an occupied room to use the bathroom without her walker or assistance by facility staff.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff “during the unassisted ambulation [caused the resident to fall] to the floor. This failure resulted in [the resident suffering a] right facial bruising and swelling to the right facial orbital (eye socket) area.”

The deficient practice was noted by the state investigator after a review of a resident’s 11/09/2015 comprehensive assessment records indicating that the resident’s “cognition (the activities of thinking, understanding, learning and remembering) was moderately to severely impaired. The assessment indicated [that the resident] additionally required limited assistance from one person while walking with a walker.”

The state investigator reviewed the resident’s initial 10/14/2015 Care Plan: At Risk for Fall that had been updated 10/22/2015 and now included interventions including “provide/monitor use of assistive device: FWW (front-wheel-walker walker). Anticipate toileting needs and assist resident to toilet.”

The resident’s “care plan was affixed inside the resident’s closet”. As a part of the Daily Care plan it specified that “Certified Nursing Assistants or others to render bedside care […and] transfer, one person uses walker. Assist with toileting.”

An additional 10/31/2015 Care Plan for Skin Integrity indicated “actual fall 10/31/2015. Discoloration Right above eyebrow, orbital.”

The state investigator reviewed the resident’s SBAR/COC – and establish communication form used by nursing facilities convey information about any situation or a change in condition with the resident. The resident’s 10/31/2015 SBAR/COC “indicated unwitnessed occurrence – discoloration at 9:40 PM. Resident was found in room seven. Nurses notes dated 10/31/2015 timed 7 PM to 7 AM indicated resident is alert and ambulatory, with episodes of confusion, gets up and uses bathroom without calling for assistance, on her way she fell, here right side, neural assessment done. Bump on right forehead noted.” Additional Nurses Notes dated 11/01/2015 timed 7 AM to 5 PM indicated “bruising to right orbital area.”

The state investigator conducted a 4:30 PM 11/12/2015 interview with the facility’s Certified Nursing Assistant providing the resident care who “explain on the evening of 10/31/2015 [the resident’s] toilet had overflowed. When [the resident] expressed a need to toilet, [the CNA redirected the resident “to walk across the hallway into another bathroom (room seven). This required [the resident] to ambulate through a three-person shared room to an adjoining bathroom at 9:30 PM.” The CNA “admitted he did not assist or accompany [the resident] to room seven but saw [the resident] going to room seven which was across the hallway […and explained that the resident] was not using a walker […and] one moment later ‘I heard a crash’.”

Our Santa Paula nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that failing to provide adequate supervision to prevent an avoidable accident from occurring could place the health and well-being of the resident in immediate jeopardy. The deficient practice and unacceptable behavior of the nursing staff at Vista Cove Care Center at Santa Paula might be considered mistreatment or negligence.

PROVIDENCE OJAI
601 N Montgomery St
Ojai, California 93023
(805) 646-8124

A “For-Profit” 74-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/11/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure the policy and procedure pertaining to abuse were implemented during an alleged abuse incident involving [1 resident at the facility].”

The complaint investigation involved a Certified Nursing Assistant “accused of physically abusing the resident, but the facility failed to separate the CNA from the resident.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff and administration at Providence Ojai “placed the resident at risk for further abuse incidents.”

As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor conducted a review of the facility’s 07/27/2015 Confidential Report Form SOC 341 revealing “an alleged abuse incident occurred, involving [a resident] on 07/26/2015 at 7:30 PM. The report indicated [that a Certified Nursing Assistant] was accused of physically abusing the resident as witnessed by a visitor in the facility.”

The state investigator also reviewed the resident’s 07/22/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that is a recognized complete assessment “of the resident’s overall physical, mental and psychosocial well-being and emotional function that “revealed the resident was ambulatory required minimal supervision for activities of daily living.”

In addition, the resident’s Nurse’s Notes between 07/17/2015 and 07/28/2015 indicate that the resident “had on and off episodes of verbal abusive behavior toward others, refuse to participate with care and attempted to elope. The facility failed to provide documentation to indicate the alleged abuse incident was recorded in the Nurse’s Notes.”

The surveyor conducted a series of interviews occurring on 08/03/2015 between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM involving staff members and the facility’s Administrator who stated “the incident was investigated and reported but no staff witnessed the actual abuse incident.” As a part of the investigation, a Licensed Nurse stated that “the complainant approached me and stated that they thought [the CNA] was pointing a sharp white object toward [the resident’s] back but when we investigated the supposed object it turned out to be a folded paper. I was personally advised and reminded [the CNA] to act accordingly when around visitors and residents [… stating that the Certified Nursing Assistant] was not assigned to [the resident] so there was no need to revise the existing resident’s assignment.”

However, the state investigator reviewed the facility’s 07/26/2015 Assignment and Sign in Sheet that revealed the Certified Nursing Assistant “was indeed assigned to care for [the resident] on the day of the alleged abuse incident.”

An additional interview was conducted at 12:00 PM on 08/03/2015 where the Licensed Nurse stated that the CNA “was assigned to [the resident] on the day of the alleged abuse incident. We did not remove [the Certified Nursing Assistant] from the assignment nor did we assign another CNA to care for [the resident] for the meantime. We failed to follow policy.”

Our Ojai nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that failing to develop, implement and enforce policies that prevent abuse, neglect and mistreatment as the potential of causing the resident additional harm and abuse. The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Providence Ojai were unacceptable and did not follow the facility’s own December 2013 policy and procedure title: Abuse Prevention that reads in part:

“When incidences involving the health, welfare or safety or residents are reported, involved in resident shall be removed from the environment that threatens resident’s health, welfare and safety.”

Exposing Patterns of Neglect and Abuse

Our Ventura County elder abuse attorneys have handled many cases involving nursing home neglect and abuse in California. In an effort to assist our clients, we go to great lengths to expose patterns of abuse and neglect in many of the cases that we handle that involve:

  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Preventable falls causing serious injury or death
  • Facility-acquired bedsores
  • Unexplainable burns, cuts, lacerations and bruises
  • Infections
  • Physical, mental and sexual assaults

The majority of these cases involve staff neglect or training deficiencies by nursing homes and administrators placing profits ahead of quality care.

Hiring a Lawyer

The Oxnard nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have a comprehensive understanding of the legal efforts it takes to obtain full and fair financial compensation for victims injured by abuse and neglect. We fight aggressively when seeking every available source for financial recovery for our clients.

We encourage you and your loved one to contact our California elder abuse law office today by calling (800) 926-7565 to schedule your free, full case evaluation. We accept all cases involving wrongful death, personal injury and nursing home abuse through contingency fee arrangements. This provide you immediate legal counsel, advice and representation without any upfront payment.

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