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Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
The Kentucky Nursing Home Law Center attorneys investigate nursing home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment, and suspicious deaths for surviving family members. Our team of lawyers handles cases for clients to determine what happened, why it happened and how it happened.
If your loved one is the victim of mistreatment or died unexpectedly while residing in a Pulaski County nursing facility, we can handle your case. Let us ensure that your family is adequately financially compensated through a negotiated settlement or allow us to take your case to trial. It is what we do best.
Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility is a "for profit" home providing services to residents of Somerset and Pulaski County, Kentucky. The 166-certified bed long-term care center is located at:
555 Bourne Avenue
Somerset, Kentucky, 42501
Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Somerwoods Nursing and Rehab Center also offers other services. These services include respite care, wound care, pain management, post-surgical care, respiratory care, cardiac rehab, diabetic management and rehabilitative services including physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
The investigators from the federal government and Kentucky penalize caregiving facilities identified with severe violations of nursing home regulations by withholding payment for Medicare services or imposing monetary fines.
Within the last three years, regulators impose two monetary penalties against Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, citing substandard care. These penalties include a fine of $58,760 on March 10, 2016, and a fine of $13,627 on December 27, 2017, for a total of $72,387. Also, the facility received five formally filed complaints and self-reported three serious issues that all resulted in citations.
Additional information concerning this facility can be reviewed on the Kentucky Department of Health Care Nursing Home Reporting Website.
Somerset Kentucky Nursing Home Safety Concerns
A list of health violations and dangerous hazards at long-term care homes can be reviewed on database websites including the Kentucky Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Develop Policies That Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents – citation date May 16, 2017
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce a Program That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading – citation date May 4, 2017
- Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to Residents with Feeding Tubes to Prevent Serious Health Issues Including Aspiration Pneumonia – citation date May 4, 2017
- Failure to Provide 24-Hour Emergency Dental Care for Every Resident – citation date May 4, 2017
The surveyors say the facility “failed to ensure allegations of sexual abuse were reported immediately to the administration” to “ensure residents were protected.”
A review of the facility investigation revealed that a sitter witnessed a State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) “with his hands down his pants, masturbating while sitting on the side of [the resident’s] bed.” The sitter “failed to immediately report the allegation of abuse [according to] facility policy.”
When the incident was reported, the Director of Nursing revealed that the SRNA “was suspended pending the investigation and since they could not prove that the allegation happened, they allowed [the SRNA] to come back to work.”
The surveyors noted the facility “failed to maintain an Effective Infection Prevention and Control Program to prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.” The state investigators observed the nursing staff providing care who failed to wash their hands or change gloves before “conducting a skin assessment” and “providing incontinence care.”
According to surveyors, the facility failed to ensure two residents “received appropriate treatment and services to prevent complications of enteral feeding (direct infusion of liquid nutrition via a gastronomy tube).” The state investigators observed a resident when the staff “failed to check the placement of the resident’s gastronomy tube [before] flushing the tube with water. In addition, the staff failed to change her gloves and wash her hands [before] and after gastronomy tube site care” for both residents.
State investigators noted the facility failed to “provide dental services to meet the needs of [two residents]. The facility failed to ensure [that both residents] received an exam by a dentist on an annual basis.”
One deficiency involved a severely cognitively impaired resident where “there was no evidence of a medical record that the facility provided [that resident] with an annual dental exam by a dentist.”
Neglected or Abused at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center? We Can Help
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