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Woodruff Convalescent Center
Lawyers for Mistreated & Neglected at Woodruff Convalescent Center
Never before in American history have so many senior citizens have entered their retirement years. The advancing age of this massive population has increased the need for additional beds in nursing homes and placed a significant demand on the number of Nurses and Nurse’s Aides required to meet their needs. Unfortunately, mistreatment still occurs and many facilities nationwide.
If your loved one was injured or died unexpectedly while living in a Los Angeles County nursing facility, contact the California Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal assistance. Let our team of abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive financial compensation to recover your monetary damages.
Woodruff Convalescent Center
This center is a 140-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility providing services to residents of Bellflower and Los Angeles County, California. The "for-profit" long-term care home is located at:
17836 Woodruff Avenue
Bellflower, California 90706
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Woodruff Convalescent Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-term and long term care, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
Fined $18,964 for substandard care
Financial Penalties and Violations
The state and federal investigators have the legal authority to penalize any nursing home that has been cited for a serious violation that harmed or could have harmed in nursing home resident. Typically, these penalties include imposed monetary fines and denial of payment for Medicare services.
Within the last three years, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against Woodruff Convalescent Center for $18,964 on December 21, 2016, citing substandard care. During this time, Medicare denied payment on December 21, 2016, due to a lack of quality care.
This nursing facility received nineteen complaints and self-reported five serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the comprehensive California Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services Website.
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Bellflower California Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Our attorneys obtain and review data on every California long-term care home from various online publically available sources including the Department of Public Health website and Medicare.gov.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Keep Every Resident Free from Physical Restraints Unless Need for Medical Treatment – citation #F221 date March 30, 2017
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents – citation #F226 date February 3, 2017
- Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Area Remained Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provides Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation #F323 date June 19, 2018
The state investigators determined the nursing home "failed to ensure [one resident] was not physically restrained in the wheelchair without a physician order.” In addition, the nursing home did not “assess the resident and document the assessment and medical justification for the use of a soft non-release seatbelt, a physical restraint.”
Also, the nursing home did not “conduct an interdisciplinary team process after each fall incident to discover if the staff applied a soft non-release seatbelt on [the resident], to assess the [resident’s] behavior of removing the non-release belt, and to determine appropriate interventions to keep the resident safe while in the wheelchair.” The nurses did not “review and revise the Care Plan and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for the use of a physical restraint after each fall incident.”
Instead, the resident “was given a non-self-release seatbelt (soft waist belt) instead of the ordered self-release belt while in the wheelchair. The resident had a behavior of wiggling his body and lifting the non-self-release seatbelt over his head. These deficient practices had the potential to result in further falls.”
The nursing home “failed to implement the elder abuse prevention policy and procedure by not having a system in place on how to ensure that staff from the outside hospice agency were provided with abuse training and screened for a history of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.” This deficient practice “had the potential for exposing [this resident] and other residents to any form of abuse.”
The nursing home did not “maintain a hazard-free environment for [one resident], who had a muscle weakness and multiple wounds on both legs and abnormalities of gait and mobility and is unable to bear weight.” This resident was at a high risk for falls and did fall on June 21, 2017. The resident “was on the floor in the kneeling position and stated her legs buckled.”
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Do you believe that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment, abuse, or neglect while living at Woodruff Convalescent Center? Contact the California nursing home abuse prevention lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Los Angeles County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Bellflower.
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