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Valley House Rehabilitation Center
Your loved one has earned the right to receive skilled care that treats them in a dignified manner. While not every incident that occurs at a nursing home is grounds for a lawsuit, you will have a cause of action if the nursing home’s errors cause any sort of injury or harm to your loved one. The attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center can help you file a lawsuit against a California nursing home that could put your family in a position to receive financial compensation.
This nursing home is a medium-sized 99 bed for-profit facility that offers short and long-stay care to residents of the Santa Clara area. The Medicare/Medicaid approved facility is located at:
991 Clyde Ave,
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Valley House Rehabilitation Center
Nursing homes are subject to the Nursing Home Reform Act. Passed in 1987, this establishes a system of inspections and gives the federal government the ability to set care standards for nursing homes. In addition, California has numerous laws and protections for nursing home residents. The state is notoriously stringent when it comes to enforcing its laws and regulations against nursing homes. Nonetheless, there are still numerous nursing homes in California that do not live up to the appropriate standard of care.
Nursing homes can be fined by either the state or federal governments as a result of errors or omissions in care. When the fine is issued by the federal government, usually it is the state inspectors who visit the site and make a recommendation with which the local office for Centers for Medicare Services concurs. Repeated fines or incidents that are egregious or uncorrected may result in additional regulatory action against a nursing home. Since nursing homes must be approved to join Medicare and maintain good standing in order to be able to take in new patients, Medicare can deny nursing homes this right for a period of time. This is a precursor to possible suspension from the program, which is akin to a death-knell for the nursing home.
Here, Valley House Rehabilitation Center has been fined twice by the federal government. One of these fines resulted from an incident in which a staff member threw a pillowcase in the face of a nursing home resident. This was observed and reported by the resident’s roommate. Even if there is not any physical injury, abuse such as this can still have a detrimental impact on the resident’s physical and emotional health.
In Many 2019, the facility received a $20,000 fine from state regulators. The nursing home failed to implement physician’s orders for a resident when they failed to transport that resident to the hospital after a fall. There was also an order to notify the physician when the oxygen saturation fell below a certain level and staff did not do so.
Valley House has received eight citations as a result of complaint investigations conducted in a nine-month period. The reports from these inspections reveal a pattern of treatment that nears neglect. For example, one resident was left for a prolonged period in a soiled diaper when they did not receive the proper assistance with toileting. That resident was observed trying to make their way across their room to get themselves a clean diaper. Staff failed to care for and intervene when several residents were experiencing constipation. In one instance, staff failed to appropriately respond when there was an abuse allegation made against a staff member. The resident alleged that a male staff member hurt their stomach when giving them medication. Regardless of whether the nursing home staff believed that the allegation had merit, the allegation must be immediately reported to the California regulator and the staff member must be removed from duty while the allegation is being investigated.
Valley House has had at least ten citations for quality of care deficiencies on each of its last three annual inspections. There are numerous examples of physician’s orders not being followed and residents’ needs not being factored into care decisions. In the first half of 2019, there have been 43 separate complaints filed with the California Department of public Health. While there will generally be more complaints filed on an outright basis because this is a large facility, this is still a very high rate of complaints. While not every complaint is automatically evidence that a nursing home has done something wrong, families should pay attention to the number of complaints filed because at least some of them are the result of care deficiencies.Has Your Loved One Been Injured at Valley House Rehabilitation Center? Get Legal Help Now
You and your family do not have to fight the nursing home on your own to hold them accountable for any harm that your loved one has suffered. Nursing homes keep lawyers on retainer and will not readily settle claims filed against them unless there is pressure brought to bear. This is where we come in since we have years of experience in fighting California nursing homes on their turf when their failure has harmed seniors. Call us today at (800) 926-7565 to schedule your free no-risk case assessment and to find out how we can help you and your family file a lawsuit against an underperforming nursing home that has failed to properly care for your loved one.Sources