Nursing Home Chain Fined More Than $1 Million For Substandard Care

The largest nursing home chain in Florida has been fined more than $1 million in state and federal penalties for failure to comply with the state's minimum staffing standards.

In 16% of its facilities those standards were not met. In addition, 36% of the company's nursing homes are on Florida’s watch list “for not meeting state standards, or for not making corrections quickly enough.”

The state staffing requirement is 2.5 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) hours per resident per day standard, which was not met by 16% of the facilities. Furthermore, 62% of the company's facilities are below the Florida average of 2.79 CNA hours per day.

The Executive Director for Better Care, a non-profit advocacy organization creating public awareness of the nation’s nursing homes, likened the declining staffing levels and associated fall in quality health care to “setting a time bomb, which when it reverberates, could be catastrophic leading to much suffering and even death.”

The report also found the nursing home chain lacking in other quality measures, including pressure ulcers, depression, falls with major injuries, antipsychotic medication usage and physical restraints.

With regard to pressure ulcers, the study showed that 63% of the reporting facilities have a higher percent of high risk long-stay residents with pressure ulcers than the Florida average. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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