When our loved ones age, caring for them ourselves is sometimes impossible, which is why we often entrust them to the care of qualified, well-reputed nursing home facilities. Unfortunately, many of these homes are far from caring, they’re downright dangerous. Due to the continued persistence of two U.S. senators, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released a list of nursing homes with a “persistent record of poor care,” four of which were located in Alabama.
Each of the 400 United States nursing homes named in the list is a candidate for a special focus facility program, according to The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which means these homes receive more focus and attention because of their bad track record. As a result, the four Alabama nursing homes are in jeopardy of losing funding from Medicare and Medicaid because of their previous violations.
In light of the new information, Attorney J.P. Sawyer responded:
“I’m shocked there are not more Alabama homes on the list. In the past year, I’ve seen cases where a man choked to death on his dentures, a lady was given an overdose of 13 times the amount of insulin she was to receive, and another lady bled to death because no one was monitoring her Coumadin levels. It really is shocking what goes on in these homes.”
The four Alabama homes mentioned in the list were:
Diversicare of Foley
Terrace Oaks Care & Rehabilitation Center in Bessemer
Trussville Health & Rehabilitation Center in Trussville
North Mobile Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Of these homes, one was recently cited for failing to protect residents from abuse and neglect—a citation that occurred after at least 6 complaints of violent incidents among residents were reported. Another home on the list was fined more than $100,000 in 2017 following a poor review by the Department of Public Health’s Division of Health Care Facilities, and a case of sexual abuse was reported at another facility.
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If you or someone you love suffered nursing home care in one of the four cited homes, or any other negligent elder care facility, our firm is here to help. Attorney Sawyer has the experience, compassion, and knowledge necessary to fight for your rights after a nursing home incident. Let our team help.