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Valley Convalescent Hospital Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
When it comes to your loved one, there is no such thing as the nursing home staff simply having a bad day. Skilled nursing facilities must provide perfect care at all time and, if they make one mistake that injures your loved one, they can be held legally responsible. Call the attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center if your loved one has suffered any harm while residing at a nursing home.Valley Convalescent Hospital
This nursing home is a small-sized 87 bed for-profit facility that offers short and long-stay care to residents of the Los Angeles. The Medicare/Medicaid approved facility is located at:
1205 8th St
Bakersfield, CA 93304
There are nearly 1,200 nursing homes in California. They are subject to regulation by both the California Department of Public Health as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Valley Convalescent Hospital is one of the 142 nursing homes in California that have received a one-star rating from Medicare based on the results of its annual inspection as well as the number of citations resulting from complaints. This is the lowest rating that a nursing home can receive. In addition, California has repeatedly found that this nursing home has also failed to follow numerous state statutes and regulations.
Although Valley Convalescent Hospital is a small nursing home, it receives a disproportionate share of complaints about the care at the facility. In 2018, The California Department of Public received 58 complaints regarding incidents or care deficiencies at Valley even though there are only 87 beds in the entire facility. Valley has received 17 complaints in the past three years that have resulted in a citation. Even in the first half of 2019, Valley is on pace to match the 2018 total of complaints filed with California.
Valley Convalescent has received fines from the State of California in both 2017 and 2018. In 2018, the facility was fined for not reported that a resident had suffered injuries of an unknown origin. The resident had multiple bruises and lacerations, including on their face, but the state was not informed as is the requirement when there are injuries of unknown origin. The 2017 fine was for $100,000, which is a very steep fine when it comes to California regulators. A resident fell from their bed and suffered the severe in injury of a cervical spine fracture. The injuries sustained in the fall caused the resident’s death. A staff member had repositioned the resident in bed, but failed to ensure that the side rail in the bed was up to keep the resident from falling out of bed. The resident was a risk for falls and the care plan required that a side rail be placed up.
The reports from the complaint inspection reveal a pattern of continuing lapses in care at the nursing home. In April 2019, the facility was cited for failing to provide supervision that would have prevented an altercation between several residents. There were several residents who were on a smoke break unsupervised and one resident hit another. Nursing homes have an obligation to take reasonable care to prevent incidents of abuse.
There was another complaint investigation that found that staff did not take the proper steps to prevent the development of and treat pressure ulcers. The resident was admitted with bedsores, but staff did not properly reposition the resident nor did they treat the existing pressure ulcers to keep them from getting worse. There was no record of the physician treating the pressure ulcers. This is consistent with the facility’s overall record on pressure ulcers, which is much worse than average. 17 percent of the residents in this nursing home develop pressure ulcers. This generally happens when residents are not repositioned as necessary and one area of the skin is pressed against a surface for too long.
While the nursing home seemingly complies with California rules about minimum nurse time of care for each resident per day, it is understaffed at the RN level. This is the highest-skilled level of nursing and it dictates in some way the quality of the care that the resident receives. At the same time, nursing homes understaff this key area because they are [aid the most out of all the nurses. Here, Valley Convalescent has only 16 minutes of RN time for each resident per day when the national average in 40 minutes.Has Your Loved One Been Injured at Valley Convalescent Hospital? Get Legal Help Now
Nursing homes often face legal action from families of their residents when these seniors suffer injuries at these facilities due to the lack of care that they receive. One of the major areas of nursing home lawsuits is pressure ulcers because most of the examples of injuries from this condition result from some sort of wrongdoing on the part of the nursing home. Contact us: the attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center have years of experience litigating against California nursing homes and can help your family make sure that these facilities are held accountable if their errors or omissions have harmed your loved one. Call us today at (800) 926-7565 to schedule your no-risk case assessment.Sources