I am a local nursing home abuse lawyer who monitors the results of complaint investigations and annual surveys conducted by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) at area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Between June 15th and June 16, 2016, AHCA conducted an unannounced complaint investigation at Signature Healthcare of Port Charlotte, a 164 bed for-profit nursing home located at 4033 Beaver Lane, Port Charlotte, Florida 33952. At that time, the Agency substantiated allegations from two (2) separate complaints and Signature Healthcare of Port Charlotte’s nursing home was found to be in noncompliance with the federal Nursing Home Reform Act. This investigation comes a little more than a year after Signature Healthcare of Port Charlotte was fined $10,000.00 for failing to comply with federal law. During this most recent investigation, the following violations were cited:
F 279 Failing to revise the care plans for residents, putting them at risk for falls and skin breakdown.
F 282 Failing to provide dressing changes to wounds for residents in accordance with their care plans. A registered nurse employed by Signature Healthcare of Port Charlotte admitted to state investigators that “due to a lack of facility staffing enough nurses, the nurses were not following orders on daily dressing changes.”
F 353 Failing to provide sufficient nursing staff to meet the needs of residents, putting their health and well-being at risk.
Our law firm recently filed a lawsuit against the corporate owners of Signature Healthcare of Port Charlotte and continues to fight to hold this nursing home and its corporate owners accountable. As of June, 2016, according to Provider magazine, a nursing home industry trade publication, Signature Healthcare was ranked as the seventh largest nursing home corporation in the United States with nearly a billion dollars in operating revenue.
Most nursing home abuse and neglect results from a corporation’s decision to staff at levels which are lower than necessary to meet its’ residents needs. Contact us if you wish to join the fight to stop nursing home abuse and neglect and improve the quality of care in Florida nursing homes. James Keim, Nursing Home Abuse Attorney. (941) 426-7900.