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Vernon Healthcare Center
Even if nothing has yet impacted their loved one, families must be vigilant about the level of care that their senior receives at a nursing home. When there is a spotty record of care at a facility, there is a higher chance that it could be your loved one who is hurt in the future. If your family member has suffered any injury, contact the attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center to find out what your next steps should be to obtain justice for your loved one.Vernon Healthcare Center
This nursing home is a medium-sized 99 bed for-profit facility that offers short and long-stay care to residents of the Los Angeles area. The Medicare/Medicaid approved facility is located at:
1037 W Vernon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Vernon Healthcare Center
Residents of nursing homes and their families do not have to accept the care that is provided at nursing homes as a given. State and federal laws allows for complaints to be filed against nursing homes which will necessitate an investigation. In California, this means that state inspectors will find their way to a nursing home to look into the complaint that was filed. Based on what the investigation reveals, nursing homes may receive fines or other regulatory actions such as a citation. Unaddressed deficiencies may result in more severe regulatory action.
The Vernon Healthcare Center has been frequently fined by the State of California in the past several years. In the years 2017 through the first half of 2019, the facility has received 17 fines on the state level. In addition, the nursing home has also received one payment denial from Medicare for uncorrected care violations that resulted in a temporary bar to reimbursements for new residents. In 2017 alone, this facility was fined 11 times by California.
In 2018, Vernon Healthcare received a $20,000 fine because they failed to assess whether a resident needed to use the indwelling catheter with which they arrived at the facility. Nursing homes must reevaluate whether the catheter is necessary. When a resident does have a catheter, the facility must take measures to make sure that the resident does not develop a urinary tract infection, but staff did not do so.
That same year, the facility received another $20,000 for another patient care deficiency. There was one resident who had suffered seven prior falls within a seven-month period. The seventh fall resulted in a laceration and a hematoma after the resident fell out of bed and onto the floor. Even after that fall, the resident was observed in bed without any precautions or indication that were a high risk for a fall. Nursing homes must take precautions and update the fall intervention plan when a resident has fallen and is a risk of reoccurrence.
In October 2018, the facility received a health citation for inadequate pressure ulcer care. One resident arrived at the facility with a pressure ulcer, but the nursing home did not follow the care plan to ensure that the bedsore did not grow worse. Instead, the resident developed a new pressure ulcer since the facility did not take the appropriate measures to keep the resident from new skin breakdowns.
While the number of deficiencies has dropped from the 2018 inspection report, where the facility received 29 health citations, there have still been three enforcement actions by California regulators in the first half of 2019. Two of these have been in the area of patient care. They stemmed from an incident in which a resident was improperly discharged to a lower level of care. The resident was discharged without adequate preparation and assistance and ended up in the hospital after an altercation with a family member. In addition, there have been a total of 22 complaints in the past three years that have resulted in a citation.
While the nursing home did not receive a low rating in the quality of resident care metric, it did have a rate of hospitalization of its residents that was double the national average. In addition, Vernon Healthcare’s short-stay residents also required further hospital stays more than one in three times, also a rate much higher than the national average. Thus far in 2019, the rate of complaints filed against the facility to the State of California has measurably increased and the facility has already undergone several complaint inspections.Has Your Loved One Been Injured at Vernon Healthcare Center? Get Legal Help Now
The attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center are your go-to law firm if your loved one has suffered harm at a California nursing home. We have years of experience helping families in California and we are familiar with the issues that skilled nursing home facilities in the state face. We bring to the table skilled and aggressive legal representation that can help put you and your family in position to receive financial compensation for harms that your loved one has suffered. Call us today at (800) 926-7565 or chat with us here to set up your free no-risk case consultation. You pay us nothing unless you receive some sort of financial compensation and then we are paid from the proceeds of your settlement or jury award.Sources