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Woodlands Health Care Center Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Many families throughout Georgia have no other choice than to place a loved one in a nursing home to ensure they receive the best care by competent medical professionals. However, when the nursing home fails to provide that care according to acceptable standards the resident can be harmed through abuse, mistreatment, or negligence.
If your loved one suffered an injury while living in a Liberty County nursing facility, contact the Georgia Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal help. Let our team of lawyers work on your behalf to ensure the mistreatment stops while we build a case to obtain financial compensation for your damages.
Woodlands Health Care Center
This nursing facility is a "for-profit" Medicare and Medicaid-participating home providing services to residents of Midway and Liberty County, Georgia. The 169-certified bed long-term care center is located at:
652 Coastal Highway 17 North
Midway, Georgia 31320
Financial Penalties and Violations
State surveyors and federal investigators can penalize nursing homes by denying payment for Medicare services or imposing monetary fines if the facility has been cited for a serious violation of a regulation or rule that harmed or could have harmed residents.
Within the last thirty-six months, federal investigators impose two monetary penalties against Woodlands Health Care Center siding substandard care. These penalties include an $8125 fine on January 19, 2018, and a $34,253 fine on February 9, 2017, for a total of $42,378.
Also, the facility received five formally filed complaints that all resulted in citations. Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the Georgia Nursing Home Reporting Website.
Midway Georgia Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The federal government and Georgia Department of Public Health website update comprehensive information containing historical details of all citations and violations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for quality measures.
Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents - citation date February 2, 2018
Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident's Doctor or Family Members of a Change in the Resident's Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury - citation date January 19, 2018
According to investigators, the facility "failed to determine the root cause for each fall for one resident." Actual harm "was identified when [the resident] fell and suffered a two-inch laceration to the back of his head requiring staples."
Nurse's Notes revealed that "the resident was found on the floor in his room. He stated at the time that he was attempting to get a brief out of the closet in his leg gave out." The documentation shows that the resident "had no injuries and staff instructed him to call for assistance."
However, reviewing the resident's Care Plan revealed that "staff did not revise it to include a new intervention to address the fall to prevent further falls. There was no indication that staff attained a physical therapy screening for the resident after the fall."
In a separate summary statement dated February 9, 2017, investigators documented the facility "failed to ensure that one resident did not maintain smoking supplies on his person as per the facility's policy; failed to provide smoking aprons to prevent possible injuries per the Smoking Evaluations for eighteen residents who were observed smoking without a smoking apron."
The nursing home also "failed to accurately assess the current smoking status of one resident [to] determine safety needs and the resident was observed to drop ashes on his person." The home also "failed to complete ongoing smoking evaluations as per facility policy for six residents and failed to develop care plans of interventions to ensure the safety of twenty-three residents."
The investigators determined that the situation of noncompliance with one or more requirements of participation "had caused, or had the likelihood to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to residents." The investigators placed the facility in Immediate Jeopardy after "a resident dropped ashes on himself and the facility failed to update the smoking assessment for the resident and failed to create a Smoking Care Plan."
The nursing home "failed to notify the Physician of acute change" for a resident who was reported to be "very lethargic and will not appropriately answer questions" that were asked by the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Documentation shows that the resident "continues to drop utensils out of [her] hand and [the resident] was talking like she was talking in her sleep. Further investigation revealed the Medical Doctor or responsible party was not notified of the acute change."
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Were you the victim of mistreatment while you lived at Woodlands Health Care Center? Contact the Georgia nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Liberty County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas including Midway.
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