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Woodruff Convalescent Center
Nursing homes have an obligation to provide adequate care to their residents. This means that the nursing home must continuously monitor the resident’s condition and make any adjustments to the care that are necessary. While this obligation sounds elementary in theory, it is even more critical when it is a loved one who is involved. When your loved one is injured by the errors and omission of a nursing home, you can take legal action to right the wrong that was done. By hiring legal counsel, you take the first step in this process. At the Nursing Home Law Center, we can provide that counsel.Woodruff Convalescent Center
This nursing home is a 140 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:
17836 Woodruff Ave
Bellflower, CA 90706
Nursing homes in California are subject to two levels of regulation. The State of California supervises and inspects nursing home as part of its licensing activities. Residents can file complaints with the state that its inspectors investigate and issue appropriate action if necessary. California has extensive nursing home regulations, including requiring a minimum amount of staff for each facility. The state has earned a reputation as a strict regulator, however there are a large number of underperforming nursing homes in the state. In addition, the federal government has annual inspections conducted on its behalf by the state inspectors. The federal government is testing for compliance with its regulations, and nursing homes are fined if there are any violations that do actual harm to the resident. The state and federal regulators will often work together to ensure nursing home compliance.
Woodruff Convalescent Center has received the lowest possible rating from Medicare based on the findings of its annual inspection reports. The facility has received a one-star rating in the area of health inspections. On its most recent inspection report, it received 20 different health citations, which is much higher than the average of 12 in California. The nursing home was cited for having inadequate staff to address residents’ needs. Some call lights took as long as 45 minutes to be answered. In addition, the staff used restraints on several residents without performing the proper assessment first. The 2017 inspection report resulted in a staggering 35 health citations, which is nearly five times the national average for nursing homes. In addition, Woodruff has been the subject of 22 different complaints in the past three years that have resulted in a citation. One of these complaint citations involved a situation where the nursing home leadership conducted only a perfunctory investigation in response to an abuse allegation. While the number and severity of citations has decreased, the nursing home is still below average and had numerous areas for improvement. One area that the nursing home can improve is hiring additional RNs, since it is dramatically understaffed in that area.
In 2017, the facility received a $100,000 fine from the State of California for the failure to care for a patient, who ultimately died as a result of the nursing home’s failures. The resident had experienced several falls and was a risk for falls. When that happens, the nursing home must have a fall prevention plan that they update after every fall. The resident lived at the facility for nine weeks and suffered five falls in that time. The resident was blind and on blood thinner medication, meaning that he was a risk. On the final fall, the resident suffered a severe head injury and died. The state found that the nursing home did not give the proper neurological assessments after each fall and did monitor his behavior and safety with the restraint that he was provided.
In addition to the large state fine, the facility also received a federal fine of $18,964 in December 2016. The facility’s staff failed to conduct a pain assessment, and provide effective pain relief after a resident was exhibiting signs and symptoms of pain. Even though the resident was experiencing severe pain, they were given medication to relieve moderate pain. At some points, the resident received no pain medication at all. While staff claimed that the family requested that the resident not receive too much pain medication, there was no documentation of that request. In addition to the fine, the nursing home also received a payment denial from Medicare, which is the consequence for repeated unaddressed violations of regulation. This means that, as long as the denial is in effect, the facility cannot admit any new residents whose expenses are paid by Medicare or Medicaid.Was Your Loved One Injured at Woodruff Convalescent Center? Get Legal Help Now
The attorneys at the Nursing Home Law Center have extensive experience litigating against California nursing homes. They are familiar with the nursing homes and regulations in the state and can help you navigate the complicated California legal system. California juries can be sympathetic to plaintiffs when the case is presented in the right way. Call us today or find us online to set up your no-risk free consultation. This will begin the process of filing a nursing home lawsuit against Woodruff Convalescent Center for any injuries that your loved one has suffered while under their care. We can be reached at (800) 926-7565.