Have you ever wondered how our local Port Charlotte / Punta Gorda area nursing homes are performing? I often receive calls from local citizens who are searching for a decent nursing home for the placement of a loved one. As a nursing home abuse lawyer who handles cases in Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Englewood, North Port and throughout much of Florida, I examine complaint and annual surveys of area nursing homes. If you are in the process of selecting a nursing home in Charlotte County, Sarasota County or Manatee County, Florida, you should be aware that the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration regulates nursing homes and conducts annual surveys and complaint investigations. Those nursing homes with a pattern of problems are often placed on the state’s “Nursing Home Watch List.”
On March 16, 2015, the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration conducted an unannounced investigation at Consulate Healthcare of Port Charlotte, which is located at 18480 Cochran Boulevard, Port Charlotte, Florida 33948. At that time, state investigators cited Consulate Healthcare of Port Charlotte for failing to meet the guidelines set forth under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. Those citations of deficiencies against Consulate Healthcare of Port Charlotte included:
F159 – Failing to properly manage patient funds.
F221 – Failing to ensure that residents are free from physical retraints.
F241 – Failing to promote care in a manner and in an environment that maintains or enhances each resident’s dignity and respect in full recognition of his or her individuality.
F246 – Failing to ensure that each resident has a right to reside and receive services in the facility with reasonable accommodations of individual needs and preferences, except when the health or safety of the individual would be endangered.
F253 – Failing to provide housekeeping and maintenance services necessary to maintain a sanitary, orderly and comfortable interior.
F280 – Failing to ensure that facility develops a comprehensive care plan within 7 days after completion of the comprehensive assessment; Prepared by an interdisciplinary team, that includes the attending physician, a registered nurse with responsibility for the resident, and other appropriate staff in disciplines as determined by the resident’s needs, and, to the extent practicable, the participation of the resident, the resident’s family or the resident’s legal representative; and (iii) Periodically reviewed and revised by a team of qualified persons after each assessment.
F364 – Failing to ensure that the facility provides to each resident food prepared by methods that conserve nutritive value, flavor, and appearance and that is palatable, attractive, and at the proper temperature.
F431 – Failing to ensure that drugs and biologicals used in the facility are labeled in accordance with currently accepted professional principles, and include the appropriate accessory and cautionary instructions, and the expiration date when applicable.
F441 – Failing to establish and maintain an Infection Control Program designed to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection.
In addition to the above listed deficiencies, the State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration also cited Consulate Healthcare of Port Charlotte for failing to follow physician order in delivering care and services under Florida law.
I have one or more pending cases against Consulate Healthcare of Port Charlotte . If you are a former employee who has knowledge about issues, concerns or problems at this facility and the company that owns and operates it, I would urge you to contact me at (941) 426-7900.
Nursing homes like Consulate Healthcare of Port Charlotte are required to comply with the above provisions that are contained within the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 in exchange for receiving taxpayer money through Medicare and Medicaid. Nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer, James Keim, seeks to hold those nursing homes accountable for the serious harm they cause by failing to follow the law and neglecting and abusing the most frail and vulnerable citizens in Florida which they are obligated to protect. If you have questions about a Florida nursing home or wish to discuss a potential case of abuse and neglect with a local nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer who has evaluated hundreds of claims, please feel free to call me, James Keim, Attorney at Law at (941) 426-7900. I always provide a free consultation and personally handle every case, and you will not be passed off to some middleman or junior level associate. All cases are handled on a contingency fee and cost basis. This means that you pay no fee or costs unless we obtain a settlement, award or verdict.