Port St. Lucie, FL Nursing Home Ratings

Overall Rating all 15 Nursing Homes
    Rating: 5 out of 5 (5) Much above average
    Rating: 4 out of 5 (6) Above average
    Rating: 3 out of 5 (0) Average
    Rating: 2 out of 5 (4) Below average
    Rating: 1 out of 5 (0) Much below average
August 2018

Port St. Lucie Florida Nursing Home Abuse LawyersOur Port St. Lucie nursing home abuse attorneys has seen a substantial increase in the number of cases that involve nursing home neglect, mistreatment and abuse throughout Southeast Florida. While this significant increase is alarming, the numbers likely do not represent many more cases that have gone unreported by victims and family members who are unsure or unwilling the document incidences of physical assault, sexual abuse, negligence or mistreatment by caregivers or other residents at the facility.

The federal agency, through Medicare, routinely collects information on every nursing facility in Port St. Lucie based on data gathered through inspections, surveys and investigations. According to the database monitored by the government, investigators identified serious violations and deficiencies at four (27%) of these Port St. Lucie nursing facilities that harmed residents. If your loved one was mistreated, abused, injured or died unexpectedly from neglect while residing in a nursing home in Port St. Lucie, let our team of dedicated lawyers protect your rights. Contact the Port St. Lucie nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) today to schedule a free case consultation to discuss filing a claim for compensation to recover your damages.

Of the more than 168,000 residents living within this Port St. Lucie city limits, nearly 22,000 of them are retirees. The number of elders in the community is even higher when including the nearby communities of Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Stuart and Palm City. Many older residents have moved into the area to enjoy the spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean and many of the local amenities and attractions along I-95 and State Highway 1.

However, the increasing numbers of retirees in the area as overcrowded many of the local nursing facilities, assisted-living homes and rehabilitation centers. Many of these facilities are unable to keep up with the growing demand and have not been able to find adequate staffing to provide a quality level of care that meets acceptable standards. As a result, the number of cases involving abuse, neglect and mistreatment have risen sharply in recent years.

Port St. Lucie Florida Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Port St. Lucie nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC provide legal representation for all nursing home residents to protect their rights and serve as advocates to stop cases of neglect and abuse. Our southeastern Florida elder abuse lawyers continuously review publicly available information outlining serious health concerns, safety issues, opened investigations and filed complaints and nursing facility statewide. We publish this information to better inform families in need of placing a loved one in skilled nursing care to ensure their health and hygiene requirements are met in a safe well-managed environment.

Comparing Port St. Lucie Area Nursing Facilities

Our Port St. Lucie Florida nursing home lawyers have provided the list below detailing facilities that currently maintain below average ratings. This information was gathered from the national database found at Medicare.gov. Our attorneys have outlined their primary concerns with the facility that might include incidences of accident hazards, failure to follow protocols, lack of supervision, adequate staffing, incidences of abuse, serious medication errors and the preventable spread of infections.

Information on Florida Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

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

Abbie Jean Russell Care Center LLC
700 S 29th Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
(772) 465-7560

A “For-Profit” 79-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Qualified Nursing Staff Are Following the Resident’s Written Care Plan

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2015, 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 to ensure their needs are met by monitoring] the resident as specified in the care plan interventions.” The deficient practice was noted after a 03/19/2015 12:38 PM observation of the 200 Hall by state surveyor revealing a resident “in her room in bed yelling out, ‘Ahhh’ at approximately 20 second intervals. Further observations revealed that no staff members were on the unit by her room. Continuous observations from the nursing station started the time revealed that the resident could be heard from the nursing station, as she continued to vocalize, at the same rate until 12:55 PM.

“The nurse, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for the 400 Hall [along with another employee] was observed at the nursing station, with the medication cart for the 400 Hall. The nurse left at 12:41 PM, then return to 12:44 PM, then sat down and begin typing computer located at the nursing station, she left the area 12:50 PM, a certified nursing Assistant (CNA) was observed walking past the resident’s room at 12:46 PM, then entering one of the last rooms at the end of the hall; [the resident in distress] was observed making the same vocalization immediately after the CNA passed her room, but before the aide entered the last room on the hall.”

In an interview with the registered nurse on duty revealed that “she did not give any pain medication to the resident before lunch. She stated the resident was on a scheduled pain medication regimen and her next dose was due at 2 PM. The nurse explained that the resident would inform staff when she was experiencing pain by grimacing or yelling [because she was unable to vocalize any other way], however, the nurse did not observe [the continuing yelling that could be heard by the nursing station] because she was in the dining room during the lunch meal at 12 PM. The nurse stated that the nurse on Hall 4 would monitor for such signs.”

Failing to ensure that all qualified individuals follow the written care plan for every resident has the potential of diminishing the resident’s quality of life. Our Port St. Lucie / Fort Pierce elder abuse attorneys recognize that any deficient practice of providing substandard care might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident.

Fort Pierce Health Care
611 S 13th St
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
(772) 464-5262

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

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Established Protocols to Implement Adequate Supervision and Provide Devices to Prevent a Fall for a Resident at High Risk for Falling

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/13/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “implement adequate supervision and assistive devices to prevent accidents for [a resident at the facility] assess for high risk for falls.” The complaint investigation was initiated a 07/13/2015 2:00 PM interview conducted with a licensed practical nurse (LPN) concerning resident who require preventative measures for falling. The LPN stated “that when the [resident] gets upset, she throws herself on the floor and this is the first time with the resident in months. The nurse stated that she did not remember when the resident last had a fall.”

“Upon inquiry she was asked if she received a report from the last night shift. The LPN then reviewed a piece of paper and said the resident fell yesterday and had a contusion on the left hip. Upon further inquiry, the LPN was asked if the resident is on any fall precautions and she stated that the resident is amatory and they closely monitor the resident. When asked if [the resident] was care planned for falls, the LPN stated that she did not know.”

The state surveyor conducted a 07/13/2015 1:29 PM interview with the facility’s physical therapist who stated “that [the resident] was referred to therapy because the multiple falls and she worked with the resident focusing on strength and balance. She stated that recommendations were made for the resident to have assistive devices, such as a cane and walker.” When the state surveyor performed a 07/13/2015 3:00 PM interview with the Assistant Director of Nursing he acknowledged “that [the resident] has safety issues and the staff did not do enough to ensure the resident safety was protected to prevent falls.”

Our Port St. Lucie / Fort Pierce nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to take proactive measures to prevent a falling accident from occurring involving a resident requiring fall measures might be considered negligence or mistreatment.

Life Care Center of Port Saint Lucie
3720 Se Jennings Rd
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952
(772) 398-8080

A “For-Profit” 123-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Fully Investigate Any Fall Incident as Required by Established Protocols and Procedures to Ensure No Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents Has Occurred

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “fully investigating incident that resulted in the resident being sent to the hospital.” The deficient practice was noted after a resident’s record review indicating the resident at the facility “was transferred to the hospital after being found on the floor by facility staff.”

The state surveyor reviewed “the facility’s Fall Scene Investigation Report that revealed a resident “had a fall on 03/21/2015. Further review of the report revealed that the facility did not fully follow the post fall investigation process.” The surveyor noted numerous failures indicating that the report was incomplete because it did not specify the time of the fall, any witnesses and any contributing factors to help identify the root cause of the fall, and he re-creation of the last three hours prior to the fall and the direct root cause of the incident.

Our Port St. Lucie Florida nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to completely investigate a falling incident directly violates state and federal regulations it might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident, especially if it results in physical harm.

Palm City Nursing & rehabilitation Center
2505 SW Martin Hwy
Palm City, FL 34990
(772) 288-0060

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 an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/19/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure residents were free from accident hazards.” The deficient practice was noted because the facility did not ensure that side wheels were properly installed or maintained which presented a potential safety hazard of entrapment.

The notation was made in part due to an observation of a residents bed where the side rails were “loose enough to be potential entrapment hazard for the resident.” While the observation was made at 11/16/2015 at 11:11 AM, and a subsequent observation made on 11/17/2015 at 10:10 AM, and a follow-up observation made the following day at 10:22 AM “revealed the side rail [remained] in the same condition.”

Our Port St. Lucie nursing home neglect lawyers note that any failure to provide an environment free of accident hazards might be considered negligence. In addition, the deficient practice of not repairing faulty equipment that potentially could harm or entrap a resident does not follow established procedures for quality maintenance and violates both federal and state regulations.

Palm Garden of Port Saint Lucie
1751 SE Hillmoor Drive
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952
(772) 335-8844

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 Ensure the Residents Remain Safe in Serious Medical Errors

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/14/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure medication regimen was free of significant errors for [two residents] as evidenced by a failure to administer insulin for anti-hypertensive medication for five doses and failure to administer diabetes medication for five doses.”

The complaint investigation in part involved a 04/14/2015 11:00 AM interview with a facility’s licensed nurse which revealed “the nurse checked the medication card for [the resident] and provided a blister pack for the [resident’s medication, noting that] six doses have been removed. According to the physician’s orders 11 does a should have been given since [the resident was admitted to the facility]. The nurse was not able to locate the prescribed [medication to be given to the resident].

Our Port St. Lucie nursing home lawyers recognize that the ferry was a deficient practice because it did not follow established facility policies, especially the one titled: General Dose Preparation Medication Administration that clearly states that “Medication Administration: facility staff should verify each time the medication is administered that the correct drug, at the correct dose, the correct route, at the correct rate, at the correct time for the correct resident. Facility should confirm that the MAR indicated when the medications are given on the appropriate forms.”

Parkway Health & Rehabilitation Center
800 Se Central Pkwy
Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 287-9912

A “For-Profit” 177-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Properly Document the Use of Controlled Medications to Ensure the Health and Well-Being of the Resident Is Maintained

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 the reconciliation of controlled drug for [2 residents at the facility] reviewed with control medications.” The deficient practice was noted, in part, after a review of a resident’s clinical records documenting an order for Tramadol given every six hours for pain. However, when the state surveyor reviewed the facility’s Control Drug Use Records, the documentation shows a “removal of one Tramadol on 10/07/2015 at 9:35 PM, 10/20/2015 at 4 PM, and on to other dates that are written in a way that cannot be determined if the date was October 23 or October 24. The surveyor then reviewed the October 2015 Medication Administration Record (MAR). However, that record lacked “documentation that the tramadol was administered on the above three dates and times.

Our Port St. Lucie / Stuart nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to adequately maintain drug records to ensure that the patient receives the prescription medication as ordered by their physician fails to follow accepted professional standards. The deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident because it does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Parkway Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Tiffany Hall Nursing and Rehab Center
1800 SE Hillmoor Drive
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952
(772) 337-3565

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 Follow Established Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/19/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “maintain an Infection Control Program designed to provide a sanitary environment, to help prevent the development of transmission of disease and infection.” The deficient practice was noted because of evidence of a failure involving one nurse at the facility “observed doing Accu checks (obtain blood sugar levels) to properly clean the glucometer (device to obtain blood sugar level), failure to properly hand sanitized during the passing of meal trays onto (East and West units) and failure of [2 staff members] to properly hand sanitized while feeding residents in the main dining room.”

Our Port St. Lucie nursing home neglect lawyers recognize the failure might be considered mistreatment or negligence at the facility because employees did not follow established protocols and procedures adopted by the facility. This could include the facility’s policy titled Guidelines for cat cleaning and Disinfecting EvenCare G2 Blood Glucose Machine that clearly states “staff or to assemble the equipment and place on a barrier, disinfect the glucometer with Clorox Germicidal Weights, place the glucometer back on the clean barrier, remove gloves and wash hands, let the glucometer air dry for two minutes, then put on new gloves and complete the will close monitoring.” The policy then requires the staff to follow other protocols including “after the blood sugar is obtained, the staff is to disinfect the glucometer again in the same manner.”

Consulate Health Care of Vero Beach
1310 37th St
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 569-5107

A “For-Profit” 159-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Perform All Lab Tests and Services in a Timely Manner to Ensure That the Resident’s Health and Well-Being Is Maintained

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/23/2014, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “obtain physician ordered laboratory test for [a resident at the facility] whose lab reports reviewed for unnecessary medications.” The deficient practice was noted after review of a resident’s medical records indicate that a physician’s orders for lab test results were not found in the resident’s medical file. While the initial orders were initiated on 08/11/2014, they had not been performed by 10/22/2014, or more than two months after the physician ordered them.

Failure to ensure that all lab services and tests are performed in a timely manner does not meet the acceptable standards of care and could be considered negligence by the nursing staff, supervisors, managers and administration of the facility.

Florida Baptist Retirement Center
1006 33rd St
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(561) 567-5248

A “Not-For-Profit” church -related 24-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow the Advanced Directives of a Resident Who Died after Not Receiving CPR and Emergency Treatment According to Her Wishes

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “honor advanced directives for [a resident at the facility] as evidenced by a failure to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR to a resident who desire to be resuscitated. The deficient practice notes that the facility’s actions in failing to provide CPR cause an immediate jeopardy for the resident because she “did not receive emergency treatment according to her wishes.” The failure resulted in the resident’s death.

Palm Garden of Vero Beach
1755 37th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 567-2443

A “For-Profit” 180-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/13/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “maintain Infection Control Program to provide a safe environment to help prevent the development of transmission of disease and infection.” The deficient practice was noted because of the facility’s failure to provide evidence of implementing the standards of practice for infection control for residents [who tested] positive for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and failed to provide evidence that residents who were experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms were placed in isolation and contain a suspected normal virus outbreak.” This deficient practice directly affected to residents at the facility.

Our Port St. Lucie / Vero Beach elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to prevent the spread of infection throughout the facility might be considered negligence, especially if any resident is directly harmed by the deficient practice. In addition, this failure violates both state and federal regulations and does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by the facility to contain infections in the facility.

Recognizing and Preventing Elder Neglect and Abuse

The Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) claims that recognizing and stopping neglect is the first positive step in preventing most cases of abuse occurring in nursing facilities. But many family members and advocates for loved ones in nursing facilities are unaware of exactly what the warning signs are to recognize and prevent any incident of abuse and neglect from occurring.

The most common warning signs of abuse against the elderly involve:

  • Unexplained bruising, abrasions, broken bones or burns
  • Unexpected withdrawal from typical daily activities that might include inattentiveness, a lack of alertness, unusual signs of depression or high anxiety
  • Any display of behavior that belittles, threatens or uses controller power over the resident
  • Any development of a bedsore that was not present prior to admission
  • Any dehydration or malnutrition drive from a lack of access to water or nutrition
  • Overmedication that might be used as a chemical restraint
  • Markings on the arms or legs that might be an indicator of straps used for physical restraint
  • Multiple documented or undocumented falls without interventions for a change in the resident’s care plan to prevent additional falls from occurring

Unfortunately, the circumstances were residents in nursing facilities reach an elevated risk of their health and well-being are sometimes difficult to detect. Signs of a lack of appropriate care are often an indicator of neglect. In some situations, the nursing staff will explain away a sign of neglect and abuse as a simple decline in the resident’s physical state or just a sign of old age. However, preventable conditions including the spread of infections or facility-acquired bedsores might be an obvious indicator that the resident is not receiving a high-level standard of care.

Serving as your loved one’s advocate can be challenging. In many incidences, families will hire a skilled attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases. The lawyer can work on your behalf by contacting authorities, using legal options and taking proactive steps to stop the abuse immediately.

Hiring a Lawyer

The Port St. Lucie nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC as represented many individuals victimized by caregivers and other residents while residing in nursing facilities. Our Southeast Florida nursing home lawyers can investigate your claim of neglect or abuse and build a solid case for financial recompense. We can offer a variety of legal options to hold those at fault accountable for their unacceptable behavior.

We encourage you to make contact with our Port St. Lucie nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (800) 926-7565 to schedule a no obligation, free full case review. All information you share will remain confidential. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury claims and nursing home abuse cases on contingency. This means we require no upfront legal fees and provide you immediate representation, advice and counsel. Our fees are paid only from the award you receive from a successful lawsuit or after we negotiate your acceptable out of court settlement.

Additional Sources: http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/

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

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resources

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