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Riverside Health Care Center Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment, abuse, or neglect while they are living in a nursing facility? Do you believe that their injuries occurred at the hands of caregivers, employees, or other patients? If so, contact the Georgia Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal assistance.
Let our team of lawyers work on your behalf to ensure that those responsible for causing the harm are held legally accountable. We will use the law on your behalf to obtain monetary recovery of your damages.
Riverside Health Care Center
This nursing facility is a "for-profit" Medicare and Medicaid-participating home providing services to residents of Covington and Newton County, Georgia. The 159-certified bed long-term care center is located at:
5100 West St Nw
Covington, Georgia 30014
Riverside Health Care Center
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers rehabilitative services including physical, occupational and speech therapies, and pain management, dementia management, wound care, hospice, and dialysis care.
Financial Penalties and Violations
The investigators working for the state of Georgia and the federal government had the legal authority to impose monetary fines and deny payment for Medicare services if the nursing home has been cited for serious violations of established regulations and rules.
Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Georgia Nursing Home Reporting Website.
Covington Georgia Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of Georgia and federal government nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their care home database system. This list contains historical information of all citations and violations.
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 two out of five stars for quality measures.
Failure to Report and Investigate Any Acts or Reports of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents - citation date August 17, 2017
Failure to Develop Policies That Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents - citation date August 17, 2017
Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores - citation date August 17, 2017
The investigators determined that "the facility failed to ensure all alleged violations involving abuse or injuries of an unknown source were reported immediately to the State survey agency." The deficient practice involved two residents.
Documentation shows that the facility failed to provide evidence that a resident's "injury of unknown origin was thoroughly investigated. The facility failed to prevent the potential for further abuse after [the resident] alleged he was abused by a staff member."
The survey team reviewed the long-term resident's clinical records and investigative records that revealed on August 5, 2017, the resident reported that a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) "put a urine-soaked shirt in his face and berated him." While the reports indicated the allegation was documented, it was not reported to the State Survey Agency until two days later, and violation of federal law.
The investigative report had witness statements revealing that the "facility staff was aware of the allegation on August 5, 2017" as documented by an LPN. The resident "requested to see her because the CNA was upset with him because his urine got on his shirt." The resident stated that "the CNA shoved the same shirt into his face and told him to smell it. Finally, he said she removed the shirt, finished cleaning him while continuing to berate him."
The nursing home "failed to develop policies and procedures in specific detail to ensure allegation of abuse, neglect, injuries of unknown source, misappropriation or exploitation were reported to the State Survey Agency within the required time frames."
The facility delayed "in assessing and providing Physician ordered treatments for a newly acquired pressure ulcer that had the potential to delay healing of the wound." The incident involved a severely impaired resident who "requires total assistance for bed mobility, bathing, eating, toilet use, dressing, and personal hygiene" and was "bedfast."
The documentation shows that the resident "was always incontinent of bowel and bladder" and had a "condition or chronic disease that may result in life expectancy of [fewer] than six months."
A review of the resident's Care Plan indicated "alteration to skin integrity was related to a skin issue area under the right arm" with "interventions including a specialty air mattress." However, the documentation "did not address the development of the pressure ulcer." Also, according to the Licensed Nurse Weekly Skin Assessment Form, there was documented evidence of the pressure ulcer but "no measurements followed on this form."
Abused at Riverside Health Care Center? Our Attorneys can Help
Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment while residing at Riverside Health Care Center? Contact the Georgia nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Newton County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas including Covington.
Our legal team offers every client a free, initial case consultation. Additionally, we offer a 100% "No Win/No-Fee" Guarantee. This promise means you do not owe us anything until we have secured monetary compensation on your behalf. All information you share with our law offices will remain confidential.