Residents of Carrollton: Two nursing homes in Carrollton may have such poor quality care that they were both fined by Medicare. This is not a joke.
The two nursing homes that were recently fined by Medicare are the: Carrollton Health & Rehab Center and Heritage Gardens Rehab & Healthcare.
The Carrollton Health & Rehab Center was fined $51,286 in 2014, and an additional $41,250 in 2015. In that same year, 2015, Medicare also chose to deny federal payments to Carrollton Health & Rehab Center.
In addition, 3 health deficiencies were noted in Carrollton Health in 2015, as well as reports of actual harm being done to residents. In February of 2015, one of these reports of actual harm involved a resident who fell and fractured a hip while in a wheelchair and another resident who fell and fractured a wrist while attempting to transfer to a toilet. It appears that these residents did not receive the assistance they needed to avoid these falls — the assistance, of course, that many residents are admitted into nursing homes in order to receive.
Perhaps the most terrifying example of actual resident harm includes a report from March of 2014 where a driver failed to properly secure a resident’s wheelchair in a van before transporting the resident. Then, while being transported, the resident fell backwards in the wheelchair against the rear door of the facility van. The driver actually removed the resident from the chair and laid him on the floor of the van to transport him to the ER. These actions resulted in the resident being seriously injured, suffering a spinal injury that caused paralysis to his legs.
The Heritage Gardens Rehab & Healthcare was fined $72,378 in 2015, falling in a single year from being four-stars out of five to a single star out of five, signifying a troubling change.
In addition, two health deficiencies were reported in 2015, and there were also two reports of immediate jeopardy to the residents. This immediate jeopardy involved failing to prevent the spread of influenza, resulting in 17 residents developing the flu.
But that’s not all. In 2013, even before the decline in its star rating, the facility had three reports of actual patient harm. This included an instance where staff failed to consult with a resident’s physician as well as a failure to provide medically related services when there was a change in a resident’s physical health status in at least three separate instances. These included failure to provide a consult after a resident heard a “pop” sound and suffered increased pain resulting in a fractured femur, as well as a failure to act when a resident began making suicidal threats.
Elder abuse or medical neglect may be to blame if your elderly loved one has suffered from:
- Pressure Sores
- Falls or Fractures
- Infection or Sepsis
- Head Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Broken Hips, Organ Failure
- Medication Mistakes Like Overdosing