Harbour Health Center is a 120 bed nursing home facility, located at 23013 Westchester Boulevard, Port Charlotte, Florida, 33980, that is owned and operated by the publically traded for-profit corporation, Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. Between May 9, 2016 and May 12, 2016, officials with the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration conducted an unannounced investigation as part of this nursing home’s licensure recertification.
At that time, Harbour Health Center was cited for failing to meet requirements set forth under the federal Nursing Home Reform Act in connection with care and services it was providing to actual people residing in or receiving rehabilitation from this nursing home. The citation of deficiencies against the Harbour Health Center nursing home on this May 12, 2016 survey include:
F 248 The failure to provide an activity program designed to meet the needs of one or more residents.
F 278 The failure to ensure that the assessment accurately reflects the resident’s status.
F 279 The failure to use the results of the assessment to develop, review and revise the resident’s comprehensive plan of care.
F 285 The failure to conduct proper preadmission screening when required for one or more mentally ill residents.
F 309 The failure to provide the necessary care and services to one or more residents to attain or maintain their health and well-being.
F 371 The failure to store, prepare, distribute and serve food under sanitary conditions.
F 428 The failure to follow the proper drug regimen review for one or more residents.
F 441 The failure to maintain and implement an adequate infection control program.
F 514 The failure to maintain clinical records on each resident in accordance with accepted professional standards and practices.
Altogether, including the violations of Florida law cited by Agency investigators, Harbour Health Center was cited in violation of 14 state and federal requirements that have a direct impact on the quality of resident care and health. The nursing home was cited in non-compliance with Florida Administrative Code for failing to follow physician orders and for failing to provide adequate and appropriate healthcare. Harbour Health Center’s nursing home administrator signed off on a Plan of Correction on June 9, 2016.
These types of violations may result in serious harm and even death. Nursing home residents have rights under Florida law — including the right to receive adequate and appropriate healthcare. When the safety rules are not followed and rights are violated, a resident may be exposed to bed sores, infections, malnutrition, falls with injury, and abuse. Elderly residents often lack the ability to complain about the poor care they receive. They sometimes suffer in silence; their family members kept in the dark about bed sores or other problems that may not be readily apparent. If you suspect that a loved one has suffered as a result of poor nursing home care, please join us in the fight to stop nursing home abuse and neglect and to improve the quality of care in Florida nursing homes. Please call me for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your rights toll free at (844) 426-7900 or (941) 426-7900. Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer, James Keim.