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Sandia Ridge Center Nursing Home
This nursing facility is a "for-profit" Medicare and Medicaid-participating home providing services to residents of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The 140-certified bed long-term care center is located at:
2216 Lester Drive NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112
Sandia Ridge Center Nursing Home
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Sandia Ridge 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.
Fined $98,144 for substandard care
Financial Penalties and Violations
New Mexico and the federal government have a legal responsibility for monitoring every nursing home in the state. These agencies are authorised to impose monetary penalties or hold payment from Medicare if the nursing facility violates rules and regulations. Typically, the more serious the violation, the higher the monetary fines, especially if neglect or abuse caused harm or could have caused harm to a resident.
Within the last three years, investigators imposed two monetary penalties against Sandia Ridge Center Nursing Home, citing substandard care. These penalties include a $35,744 fine on March 14, 2018, and a $62,400 fine on March 20, 2017, for a total of $98,144.
The nursing home received two complaints over the last three years that resulted in a violation citation. Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Website.
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Albuquerque New Mexico Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of New Mexico and the federal government regularly updates its long-term care home database system with complete details of all deficiencies, citations, and violations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of two out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, four out of five stars for staffing issues and three 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 March 22, 2019
- Failure to Implement Gradual Dose Reductions (GDR) and Non-Pharmacological Interventions Involving Psychotropic Medications – citation #F758 date March 22, 2019
The state investigators determined that “the facility failed to have a door to a utility closet closed and locked. The closet contained an open, unlabeled container of bleach.” This “deficient practice has the potential to result in harm for all 121 residents who are identified” at the facility if the resident were to access the open container and use it “without appropriate Personal Protective Equipment or for any demented residents on that hall who could mistakenly drink the bleach.”
The facility “failed to ensure medication orders met regulatory requirements for [two residents] reviewed for unnecessary drugs. This deficient practice puts the residents at risk for undesirable side effects associated with the use of these medications.”
In one incident, a resident was given a sedative medication every eight hours as needed to treat severe anxiety. Also, the ‘as needed’ order for a psychoactive drug “had no stop date.”
The resident was also given an antipsychotic medication “at bedtime for dementia-related physical outbursts, depression, anxiety, and [other medical conditions].” The surveyors interviewed the Nurse Manager on the morning of March 21, 2019, “on the unit where the resident resides.”
The Manager reconciles the order to ensure that the resident receives drugs as ordered by the Physician. The facility Center Nurse Executive stated that “I have gotten that order changed [the anti-psychotic medication] and we will have it reduced. I do not want her any sleepier than she is.”
A review of the Medication Review Report shows an active order including an ‘as needed’ order for “a psychoactive drug that had no stop date.” The Chief Nurse Executive stated that “this is wrong (no stop date); it will be fixed right away.”
Were You Abused or Neglected at Sandia Ridge Center Nursing Home? We Can Help
Were you the victim of mistreatment or abuse while you lived at Sandia Ridge Center Nursing Home? Contact the New Mexico nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Bernalillo County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Albuquerque.
We do not charge for case evaluations and compensation 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.