Savannah Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Savannah Georgia Nursing Home Abuse AttorneysOur Savannah nursing home neglect attorneys have seen a substantial increase in the number of cases involving nursing home neglect, abuse and mistreatment throughout Georgia. More than likely, the rising numbers represent only a small portion of the total number of cases of abuse and mistreatment. This is because often times a resident being abused or neglected chooses to remain quiet with the fear of knowing that speaking out might cause additional harm. Other times, families are unaware of exactly what measures can be taken to stop unacceptable behavior by nursing staff, administrators, supervisors, managers and other residents.

Out of the total population of more than 140,000 residents living within the Savannah city limits, approximately 15,000 are retirees. This number rises even higher when adding all the senior citizens living within Chatham County in communities including Richmond Hill, Wilmington Island, Tybee Island, Thunderbolt, Isle of Hope, Montgomery, Pooler, Bloomingdale, Port Wentworth and Garden City. Many of the senior citizens moved to the area decades ago to enjoy Savannah’s scenic views, access to the Atlantic Ocean and other amenities.

Unfortunately, the significant rise in the aging population has placed a burden on already crowded nursing facilities throughout Chatham County. In addition, there are only a limited number of trained nursing professionals available to meet demand for open job offers at nursing facilities in the area. Because of a lack of staffing of properly trained registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing aides, the employed medical staff at many nursing facilities are tired from working long hours. As a result, the number of cases involving neglect, mistreatment and abuse has risen substantially in recent years.

Savannah Georgia Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Savannah nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation and advocacy for every nursing home resident throughout Georgia. Our team of dedicated Chatham County elder abuse lawyers continuously review publicly available nursing home records involving opened investigations, filed complaints, safety hazards and unacceptable conditions. We post this information in an effort to help families facing the undesirable decision to place a loved one in a skilled nursing facility that provides the highest quality of care.

Comparing Savannah Area Nursing Facilities

Our Savannah nursing home attorneys have listed the facilities below because they currently maintain an average to below average rating in national nursing home databases including Medicare.gov. Our attorneys have outlined their primary concerns at these facilities due to their lack to follow protocols to prevent the spread of infection, failure to ensure residents do not receive unnecessary medications, failure to provide an accident free environment and other concerns that could cause harm or injury to the resident.

Abercorn Rehabilitation Center
11800 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 925-4402

A “For-Profit” 100-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 Development of New Pressure Sores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/07/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “consistently provide multivitamin, and protein supplements as ordered by the physician to help promote wound healing for [the resident at the facility] with the Stage IV pressure ulcer.”

The deficient practice was noted after a comparison discrepancy between the resident’s Medication Administration Record (MAR) and the facility’s physician telephone orders dated 04/21/2015 for treating a resident readmitted to the facility in January 2015 after a hospital stay and. The physician’s orders included treatment including multivitamins with minerals, vitamin C, and liquid protein twice a day for 30 days.

The state surveyor conducted a 05/07/2015 9 AM interview with the facility’s RN Unit Manager that revealed “that the MARs are checked by the unit manager and night shift nurses. [The RN Unit Manager] confirmed that license staff had failed to carry over the physician’s orders [and] further verified that the multiple vitamin with Minerals, Vitamin C and liquid protein were all missing from the May 2015 MAR.”

The state surveyor conducted a 05/05/2015 9:30 AM interview with both the facility’s RN Unit Manager and RN Nurse Consultant. The interview revealed “that the physician was updated today 05/07/2014 that the multivitamins were not carried over onto the May 2015 MAR. They revealed that a new order was given to restart the medications.”

Our Savannah elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow physician’s orders and established protocols could cause harm or injury to the resident. This deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment. In addition, does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Abercorn Rehabilitation Center and violates state and federal nursing home regulations.

Bryan County Health and Rehabilitation Center
127 Carter St
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
(912) 756-6131

A “For-Profit” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure that Nurses Are Providing Acceptable Levels of Care for Every Resident to Ensure the Resident’s Well-Being Are Maximized

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/03/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “meet the needs of [three residents at the facility].” The deficient practice was noted in part the state surveyor reviewed records and conducted interviews with a resident and her daughter on 09/01/2015.

The interview revealed “that there been a couple of days when she had to go to the bathroom early in the day and the staff did not come quick enough for her.” A follow up interview later in the day with the resident’s daughter revealed that “during the admission process there was not any type of orientation to the facility. She said her mother did not get a shower or bath the first week she was here. She said it took a long time for the staff to assist the resident to the bathroom and she thinks her mother took her self. She said her mother did not know what the routine was and they did not know who to talk with about it. She said there was a staff member in the facility that knew her mother and advocated for her to get things done.”

The state surveyor conducted a 09/03/2014 interview with the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) who stated “that she tries to work with Aides to ensure they are happy of what they are doing. She says there have been some grievances related to call lights not being answered timely, however she said she tries to resolve the issue as soon as she is aware. There is no documented grievances related to resident needs not being met for at least six months and staffing numbers meet and/or exceed minimum requirements.”

Our Savannah/Richmond Hill nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to provide an acceptable level of care in a facility with adequate numbers of staff members might be considered negligence or mistreatment. The ongoing deficient practice violates state and federal nursing home regulations and does not follow the established policies and procedures adopted by Bryan County Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Thunderbolt Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center
3223 Falligant Avenue
Thunderbolt GA 31404
(912) 691-2512

A “For-Profit” 134-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols When Sanitizing Equipment and Labeling Opened Stored Food Products to Minimize the Potential of Contamination and Foodborne Illness

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/15/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “properly label and date food items in the walk-in freezer, failure to properly maintain sanitary conditions in the dry storage area and failure to properly demonstrate the use of the compartment sink to prevent the potential of foodborne illness.” The failures demonstrated during an observation to her have the potential of affecting all 114 residents in the facility receiving oral alimentation (nutrition).

The state surveyor noted on a review of the facility’s cleaning log sheets maintained for the facility kitchen “revealed that the staff did not clean the dry storage area for at least four days.” In addition, an interview conducted with the facility’s Dietary Manager on 01/12/2015 revealed “that she had assigned a staff member to clean the dry storage area daily at once completed staff initials the cleaning sheet.” During the interview the Dietary Manager also revealed “that she expected dietary staff to label and date all food items before placing them in the freezer or refrigerator. She confirmed that the three clear plastic bags in the walk-in freezer did not have labels or dates.”

An interview was conducted by the state investigator with a dietary staff member the same day that revealed “that she did not submerge the items in the sanitizing sink for 60 seconds like she verbalized, but she swished the items in the solution and that was good.”

Our Thunderbolt elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols for maintaining a sanitized, disease-free kitchen has the potential this deficient practice does not follow the established procedures adopted by Thunderbolt Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center. The failures might be considered negligence or mistreatment.

Oceanside Health and Rehabilitation Center
7 Rosewood Ave.
Tybee Island, GA 31328
(912) 786-4511

A “For-Profit” 85-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Established Protocols When Administering a Drug Regimen to Ensure Residents Are Free from Unnecessary Prescription Medications

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/26/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “discontinue medication per physician’s orders [for a resident] who received medications at the prescribed stop dates.” The deficient practice was noted after review of a resident’s records noting that the physician order involving treatment using potassium “should have been discontinued and not placed on the February MAR.”

The state surveyor conducted an interview on 02/25/2015 with the facility’s Director of Nursing who verified the telephone order and acknowledged that the February MAR indicated [the medication be stopped on a specific date]. [The Director of Nursing] verified that [the resident’s medication] was documented given longer than prescribed five days and [the resident’s medication] was signed as given longer than the prescribed 10 days.”

The state surveyor then conducted an interview with the Licensed Practical Nurse in charge of providing medications. The interview revealed “that she gave the medication until it was finished and that she assumed the resident may have missed doses so she gave it until the card was empty. [The LPN] further revealed that she may have signed in error the last two days or so that the medication was given because she was distracted.” The LPN also revealed “that she was unaware of the stop date for the antibiotic [and other medications] and she did not check to verify the stop date for the [resident’s physician] order.”

Our Tybee Island elder abuse attorneys recognize the failing to follow physician’s orders when administering prescription medications might harm or cause significant injury to the resident. The deficient practice might be considered negligence were mistreatment of the resident because it violates federal and state regulations and does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Oceanside Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Signature Health Care of Savannah
815 E 63 Street
Savannah, GA 31405
(912) 352-8615

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 Protocols to Control and Maintain Infections from Spreading

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/27/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “follow proper isolation techniques for [2 residents at the facility] on contact precautions for Clostridium difficile (C-diff).” The deficient practice was noted after an observation by the state surveyor was conducted during a tour of the facility.

The surveyor observed a CNA entering the room a resident to serve his lunch tray noted that “the CNA did not gown or glove prior to entering a room or wash her hands exiting the room.” The state surveyor conducted in 08/24/2015 12:50 PM interview with the CNA and asked “what she was supposed to do if a resident had a sign on the door indicated he/she was on isolation. [The CNA] responded that she should check with the nurse and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). [The CNA] confirm she did not do either. She further stated that she sanitized her hands after leaving the resident’s rooms but did not wash them with soap and water.”

The state surveyor conducted in 08/24/2015 1:10 PM interview with the facility’s Infection Control Nurse. The interview revealed “that his expectation was the staff would wear gloves, a gown, and wash their hands with soap and water prior to exiting the room  [and] that a handout for Contact Precautions was provided by the Infection Control nurse that indicated staff/visitors were to adhere to the [facility] policies for a resident on Contact Precautions.”

Our Savannah Georgia nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols to control and maintain infection from spreading throughout the facility might be considered negligence or mistreatment. The deficient practice violates state and federal nursing home regulations and does not follow the established protocols and procedures adopted by Signature Health Care of Savannah.

Savannah Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center
26 Van Horne Street
Tybee Island, GA 31328
(912) 786-4511

A “For-Profit” 50-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/27/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “immediately report and thoroughly investigate an injury of unknown origin.” This failure by the facility directly affected one resident.”

The deficient practice was noted by a resident’s records and interview conducted on 02/24/2015 at 9:20 AM. The interview revealed that the resident “did not know how he/she sustained [an injury].” The state surveyor reviewed the 01/15/2015 1:30 AM electronic nurse’s notes that revealed “that the resident was found on the floor. The resident stated at the time that he/she had rolled out of bed. The resident was noted with a small red area on the back of his/her head but, had no other injuries. The physician was notified and ordered staff to monitor the resident.”

The state surveyor conducted a further review of the nurse’s notes dated 01/26/2015 at 1:06 PM that revealed “the resident had a right limp. However, there was no subsequent documentation about the limp after 01/26/2015.”

By 02/17/2015 at 11:30 AM, the resident “complained of severe right hip pain. The physician was notified and ordered an x-ray which showed a non-displaced [medical condition redacted] greater trochanter.” State surveyor interviews conducted with the CNA and LPN on duty that day revealed that both nursing staff members were unaware of how the resident sustain their fracture injury.”

An interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing on 02/25/2015 revealed “that she had been notified about the resident’s [injuries] on 02/17/2015. However, she confirmed that the resident’s right [fracture] was not investigated to determine the cause of the injury and to rule out potential abuse.” The Facility Incident Report was finally faxed to the State Agency on 02/24/2015, seven days after the identification of the resident’s injury was first noted on 02/17/2015.

Our Tybee Island nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that the facility failed to follow their “abuse Prevention Policy and Procedure and failed to thoroughly investigate the resident’s injury of unknown origin.” This failure might be considered additional abuse, neglect or mistreatment of the resident because it does not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by Savannah Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center. In addition, the deficient practice violates state and federal regulations.

What You Can Do about Abuse and Neglect

Statistics show that most incidences involving abuse and neglect against the senior citizen typically happens where the elderly individual resides. For many aging adults, this means they face the prospect of being abused, mistreated or neglected while residing in their nursing facility. Unfortunately, many family members and friends are unaware that the abuse and neglect is occurring until long after the resident has suffered significant harm, injuries or death.

Identifying the signs of neglect, abuse and mistreatment early on can prevent additional harm from occurring. The most common types of abuse and neglect occurring in institutional facilities involve:

  • Physical Abuse in a nursing facility is considered any non-accidental injury when force is used against the senior citizen that causes physical pain, injury or impairment.
  • Verbal Assault usually involves humiliation, threats, ridicule, intimidation, yelling, scapegoating, or habitual blaming.
  • Emotional Abuse is often recognized as an assault against the elderly individual’s emotions or psyche that causes any level of emotional pain or distress.
  • Psychological Abuse often occurs when a nursing staff member or other resident terrorizes or menaces the elderly individual are causes them to become isolated from friends or activities.
  • Sexual Assault is any type of nonconsensual sexual contact that does not need to include actual physical action, but other contact that might include forcing the elderly to watch pornographic material or sexual acts being conducted by others.
  • Negligence refers to any failure of the staff in charge of providing care in fulfilling their obligations and responsibilities through unintentional or intentional action that denies the senior any necessary assistance, medical care, or treatments.
  • Financial Exploitation is defined as any unauthorized use of funds or property belonged to the resident or mismanagement of their funds by those in charge.

If you suspect your loved one has been neglected, abuse, exploited or sexually assaulted, it is crucial to take immediate steps to remedy the problem. Taking quick action might prevent any further harm, injury or the death of your loved one. It is crucial to tell the doctor, administrator, nursing staff and others in charge exactly what you suspect, witnessed or observed. Many families higher a personal injury attorney who specializes in a nursing home abuse cases to serve as their legal advocate to take appropriate actions to notify law enforcement and other authorities and investigate claim for financial compensation.

Hiring a Savannah Elder Abuse Attorney

The Savannah nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take immediate action to stop the abuse, neglect and mistreatment now. Our team of experienced Chatham County nursing home lawyers can intervene on your behalf to investigate your claim and build a case for financial recompense to ensure you are fully compensated for your damages, losses and injuries.

Contact our Savannah elder abuse law offices today by calling (800) 926-7565 to schedule your free case evaluation. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means we provide all the necessary legal representation, advice and counsel you require without the need of an upfront fee.

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