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Sky Harbor Care Center Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Nursing homes will not simply respond to claims against them by giving your family what it rightfully deserves to compensate for the harm done to a loved one. Instead, you will need to hire a lawyer to put pressure on them in court, since that is often the language that they understand. The attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center have been represented families across California against nursing homes for years.Sky Harbor Care Center
This nursing home is a 99 bed for-profit facility that offers short and long-stay care to residents of the San Bernardino area. The Medicare/Medicaid approved facility is located at:
57333 Joshua Ln
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
The federal government will take a variety of different steps to deal with nursing homes that underperform. The severity of the measures taken depend on the violations. The government will likely start with a fine for violations that cause actual harm to a resident. It may also deny the facility the ability to receive reimbursements for new residents. Ultimately, if a nursing home still cannot improve the quality of its care, it may be removed from the Medicare and Medicaid program which is the functional equivalent of shutting down the nursing home. The federal government keeps tabs on nursing home through its inspections and responses to complaints.
Sky Harbor Care Center was included on a recently published list of candidates for inclusion on the Special Focus Facility list. This is a compendium of the worst nursing homes in the country that receive extra regulatory scrutiny and oversight. Recently, the federal government began to publish the names of candidates for inclusion on the list since their care is as poor as the nursing homes that are actually SFF facilities.
Sky Harbor Care Center received a federal fine of approximately $128,000 in May 2018. As far as federal fines are concerned, this is an exceedingly large fine. In general, the frequency and amount of nursing home fines have declined in recent years. Most fines average around $30,000 so that gives an idea of the severity of these violations. The inspection report that accompanied the fine detailed several instances of resident abuse that were either committed by staff members or observed by staff members with inaction. One incident involved egregious verbal abuse of a resident by a physician, in which the physician allegedly called the resident a “f---ing idiot.” The verbal abuse had profound psychological effects on the resident. There was another incident in which staff was alleged to have retaliated against another resident who had filed a complaint with the state. This resident was not permitted to eat in the dining room with the other residents for a time, causing the resident psychological anguish. This falls under the rubric of abuse since it will impact the resident’s feeling of wellbeing.
Even more serious was the fact that staff observed the family member of a resident continuously subjecting the resident to physical abuse. Under those circumstances, a nursing home has the legal obligation to report the abuse to the appropriate state authorities. However, the nursing home did not take the required steps to appropriately respond to and address these occurrences. The same inspection report also detailed two different situations where residents were risks for elopement, but staff did not take the proper measures to address the risk.
Even after the large fine, there was another incident of possible resident abuse that was not properly reported. The resident stated that a male had slapped her, but there was no signs of the injury. The Administrator stated that they did not believe that it was abuse, and thus it was not reported to the state. Any allegations of possible abuse must be immediately reported whether the Administrator believes it is abuse or not.
Sky Harbor has also received numerous state penalties from California. The facility was fined for not meeting state minimum care standards. California requires that nursing homes have 3.2 hours for each resident each day. If the facility falls under this measure for even one day, it is subject to a fine from the state. The facility failed to meet minimum standards on multiple days. At the end of 2015, Sky Harbor also received a large fine of $75,000 from state regulators because it did not take the necessary steps to protect one resident who had a history of falls and attempted elopements. This particular resident ended up having at least five different falls, including two falls in three days. Many of these falls resulted in injuries of differing severity.Has Your Loved One Been Injured at Sky Harbor Care Center? Get Legal Help Now
Nursing home abuse is a serious issue that affects too many seniors on a yearly basis. In addition to the abuse being illegal, it is also a cause for legal action against the nursing home where the abuse occurred. If your loved one has been harmed by abuse or any other mistake made by the nursing home, you and your family need a lawyer to fight for your family’s interests. The nursing home will be protecting themselves so you need someone to protect your loved one. Contact or call the attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 to schedule your no-risk case consultation so you can learn how to file a lawsuit against the nursing home when you have a viable claim.Sources