The federal and state governments have organizations and policies in place to regulate nursing homes and long term care facilities. The Special Focus Facility List is a list of homes that have received a high number of deficiencies over an extended period of time and will have increased inspections because of these problems. The list is meant to pressure the facilities into fixing the problems found in previous inspections. Failure to do so can result in losing Medicare and Medicaid funding. These facilities can be removed from the list if they show lasting improvements. As nursing home abuse lawyers, we encourage you to do your research before placing yourself or a loved one into a nursing home. The Special Focus Facility List is a great resource for finding a quality facility.
Facility Placed on Federal Watch List after Several Incidents
The East Galbraith Health Care Center in Deer Park, Ohio has recently been placed on the Special Focus Facility List after a series of three inspections last year found multiple problems and incidents. The most severe of the citations was the sexual abuse of a woman with dementia by a male patient. The male patient had learned an access code to a women’s area and sexually abused the female patient. The abuser, who also has dementia, is no longer at the facility. “I know this is a label placed on East Galbraith right now, but I do not believe that is who we are right now,” said administrator Abel Quintero. “A lot of good things happen here every day.” Other problems that led to East Galbraith being placed on the watch list were that the center did not have a registered nurse on duty at all times and one patient wasn’t given proper dosage of medication for depression. Facility staff is planning on meeting with a Medicare quality improvement organization to discuss strategies for improvement.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy, it’s time to contact nursing home abuse lawyers. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured or worse by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.