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Information & Ratings on The Riverview (Violations)

Your loved one's care at a skilled nursing facility should be well-planned and executed by the staff of the home at which they reside. Not only should you expect that as a family member and a customer, but the law also requires it. The problem is when these nursing homes fail to follow the law and it causes harm to your family member. When that happens, you are not powerless to do something about it. Instead, you can hire a lawyer to file a legal claim against the nursing home. Then, your family can receive compensation for any injury suffered by your family member. 

The Riverview is a medium-sized facility with 130 certified beds. It participates in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The home provides long-stay services to residents of the Greater Saint Louis area. It has for-profit ownership and it is located at:

5500 S Broadway 
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 353-5900
URL: http://theriverviewcarecenter.com/

Medicare rates nursing homes on a scale of one stars to five stars based on the ratings of regular inspections that it carries out of these facilities. When a home receives a one-star rating, it is the result of either a poor record on these inspections, or some particular noncompliance with laws and regulations that lead to a fine. The Riverview is a one-star nursing facility, which is evidence of a questionable track record of care with a number of violations.

The Riverview received a $5,102 fine after its December 2016 inspection. Usually, when the federal examiner detects non-compliance that results in actual harm to a resident, the facility will be more likely to draw a fine. Here, there was a resident who lost nearly ten percent of their body weight over a three week time period. When that occurs, the facility must notify the resident's physician. In this case, the facility did not do so. This was even worse considering that the weight loss was accompanied by abnormal test results that were also not transmitted to the physician. Eventually, the resident was admitted to the emergency room with a blood infection. The symptoms persisted over time and the patient's condition worsened for nearly a month.

The same inspection report also disclosed accident hazards at the facility. These dangers were in the area of side rails on the residents' beds. One resident had unknown bruising, but staff suspected that the bruising may have come from the side rail during a transfer. The CNA had stated that they were not able to lower the side rail during a transfer and thought that the resident may have hit the side rail during a transfer. 

The January 2018 inspection report was also accompanied by a complaint inspection which resulted in a citation against the facility. The home was cited for failure to ensure that several residents received showers or baths on a regular basis. One particular resident received a total of three showers over the course of a two month span. That particular resident was supposed to receive two showers per week. Another resident went an entire month without receiving a shower. Residents' cleanliness is important for several reasons. Beyond infection control reasons, keeping a resident clean and well-groomed is also important to help them maintain their dignity.

The regular inspection report resulted in ten separate citations for the facility. This is slightly above the 7.7 citations received by the average nursing home. There were several deficiencies noted in the area of care plans for residents. Each resident must have a baseline care plan within 48 hours after the admission to the facility. This is supposed to be addressed to meeting the resident's most immediate needs. However, The Riverview did not regularly do this for each resident, failing to have a plan for three admitted residents out of the 18 sampled. In addition, the home also failed to have a complete care plan for these residents. Without a complete care plan, the home cannot provide the best care possible due to the lack of planning. 

These care plans should be updated when a resident has a significant event that impacts their health. Instead, the plan went without an update when two residents experienced a large weight loss and when another resident had a fall. Care plans are exactly that; the planning of care and without an effective mechanism in place to coordinate what the facility is doing, the resident's overall care suffers.

In addition, this facility received six separate citations that resulted from investigations initiated after a complaint. 

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Get in touch with the attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center today to schedule your free no-risk case assessment. You can contact us by phone at (800) 726-9565 or get in touch with us through our website. After hearing the facts of your case, we can give your our opinion on whether we believe if you have a viable legal claim against the nursing home where your loved one has resided. The consultation costs you nothing and do not have to pay us anything unless we are able to help you achieve sort of sort of financial recovery, whether it be through a settlement or a jury award.

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