Florida Nursing Homes Fined• Families for Better Care
Several Florida nursing homes were sanctioned by the Agency for Health Care Administration this week for violations that occurred over the past several months. Final Orders published on the Agency’s website summarized the following infractions and the corresponding penalties:
- Consulate Health Care of Jacksonville* was fined $1,000 for neglecting state staffing laws, failing to self-impose an admission moratorium when the nursing home’s staffing levels dropped below the state mandated requirements.
- Emerald Shores in Callaway* was fined $2,500 for failing to maintain documentation that showed several employees received criminal background screens prior to employment.
- Grand Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Palm Coast* was fined $1,500 for failing to conduct background screenings for several employees who provide caregiving services to residents.
- Habana Health Care Center* in Tampa was fined $1,000 for neglecting to follow a physician’s orders regarding wound care and infection control, exposing a resident to potentially dangerous contaminants.
- Manor Care of Naples* was fined $2,500 and was issued a conditional license for preventing the development of pressure sores for one resident that resulted in subsequent hospitalization and for neglecting to coordinate dialysis treatment for another resident.
- Shoal Creek Rehabilitation Center in Crestview* was fined $3,000 and was issued a conditional licensure status for failing to repair HVAC exhaust systems in residents’ bathrooms on two wings despite repeated warnings by state officials to correct the problem.
- Tierra Pines Center in Largo* was fined $1,000 for failing to “ensure all physician orders” were properly followed in preventing the development of pressure sores for a resident.
- Wedgewood Healthcare Center in Lakeland* was fined $3,000 and was issued a conditional licensure status for failing to properly maintain clinical records, resulting in medication mistakes for several residents.
While these Final Orders offer some clarity on the service delivery at these facilities, Families for Better Care recommends that anyone considering long-term care admission, or has questions about a facility in which loved on his living, to practice these helpful tips when trying to find out about a facility’s quality.
First, search for and carefully review inspection reports on the Agency’s Florida Health Finder website to determine how consistently a facility abides by governing laws and regulations. Second, contact the local ombudsman office and request an ombudsman summary of facility information, then ask to speak with the ombudsman who regularly visits the facility to discuss any ongoing advocacy concerns found within the report. Finally, visit the facility on several occasions to ensure that the nursing home, or any other long-term care setting, is capable of safely and respectfully providing the quality care your loved one deserves.
For more information, contact Families for Better Care at [email protected].
*Indicates that this facility is currently listed on Florida’s Nursing Home Watch List.