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Village Square Healthcare Center
Nursing homes that fail in the area of resident care in a manner that injures your loved one can place the nursing home in the position of being held liable for the injury. In order to hold the nursing home responsible, you need effective legal representation because nursing homes do not settle cases just because they are sued without having to face pressure. Call the attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center to find out how they can help you.Village Square Healthcare Center
This nursing home is a 118 bed for-profit facility that offers short and long-stay care to residents of the Greater San Diego area. The Medicare/Medicaid approved facility is located at:
1586 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos, CA 92078
Village Square Healthcare Center
When your loved one is in a skilled nursing facility, the state and federal government give them the right to file a complaint against the facility. Given the seriousness with which the regulators view these complaints, the government will launch an investigation. Depending on what the investigators find, the facility may be issued a citation that they must address or, if the circumstances are even more egregious, they may be issued a fine.
Village Square Healthcare Center has been the subject of numerous complaints that have been filed by residents and their families. In fact, 17 of these complaints have resulted in citations issues to the facility by the federal government. These citations require that the nursing home take some sort of corrective action in order to remain a participant in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Although the quality of resident care metrics for this facility are no worse than the national average, the health inspections have yielded a variety of care deficiencies that resulted in citations. In addition to the 21 citations that accompanied the February 2019 inspection report, there were also three complaint citations that were issued in the week prior to the report. One of these citations was for the failure to care for ensure preventive measures to avoid the development of pressure ulcers. The resident at issue presented a high risk for pressure ulcers and should have had a plan in place to prevent against these, but there was no plan until the resident had already developed a pressure ulcer on their toe.
Around the same time, the facility also received a citation for its failure to create an environment that was conducive to the emotional well-being of the residents by accepting a resident who documented behaviors of agitation and yelling out that could not be adequately managed by the facility. The resident was continuously shouting and disturbing the other residents, but they were told that nothing could be done when they complained. When one resident has a deleterious effect on the other residents, it is the nursing home that is responsible. The same is true for incidents of abuse that is perpetrated by a resident on other residents.
While the facility putatively complies with California law that requires a certain minimum number of staffing for each resident on a daily basis. The nursing at the facility has a lower amount on RN time than the national average. These are the most skilled nurses, but they also are paid the most, so facilities may try to cut back on RN time to increase profits. This may result in a lesser quality to the healthcare that is provided to the residents. Here, the facility has only slightly more than half of the national average of RN time.
The annual inspection reports have demonstrated large number of care lapses that violated federal regulations. When it comes to deficiencies that create the conditions for nursing home lawsuits, it is the quality of life and care deficiencies and the resident assessment and care planning deficiencies that are significant because they will lead to inadequate care that causes injury. Village Square had at least six quality of life and care deficiencies in each of the past two years and a total of 32 health citations on its March 2018 inspection report, including more issues noted with pressure ulcer care. In addition, Village Square received a fine from the State of California in 2017 when a resident fell after not being properly safeguarded during a transfer and then did not get to see a physician until the following day.Has Your Loved One Been Injured at Village Square Healthcare Center? Get Legal Help Now
While nursing homes will not simply give you money if their lapses in care harm your loved one, they will be forced to if you file a lawsuit with a valid legal claim that you can prove. In many cases, they will try to settle the lawsuit if they know that you have a viable claim and they fear that they are at risk at trial. However, nursing homes need to know first that you have a strong case. Effective legal counsel can help you make this showing and, when the facts come out, it can show the nursing home that they need to settle the claim. If not, your lawyer can take the case to trial. The attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center can assist you in this process. They have been litigating cases across California for many years. Call them today at (800) 926-7565 to set up your free no-risk case consultation.Sources