Past Legal Trouble at Large For-Profit Nursing Home Chain, Autumn Lake Healthcare
Autumn Lake Healthcare assists in operating a network of independent nursing homes throughout the United States. With locations in Maryland, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Connecticut, Autumn Lake Healthcare helps in running 26 total facilities in four states. Nine of these locations are in Maryland. Despite the for-profit company’s dedication to expansion, resident care has not always been perfect in these facilities. According to the company, Autumn Lake Healthcare is a management company that provides non-healthcare services to licensed healthcare centers. Most, if not all, nursing homes associated with the management company bear the name ‘Autumn Lake Healthcare’ followed by the city or geographic area where the facility resides.
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Lawsuits Against Autumn Lake Healthcare Facilities for Nursing Home Negligence
The following lawsuits* have been filed against Autumn Lake Healthcare facilities:
- Cho vs. OAKVIEW OPERATOR LLC, also known as AUTUMN LAKE HEALTHCARE AT OAKVIEW
- Nichole C. Wainwright, et al vs Alice Operator, LLC, also known as Autumn Lake Healthcare At Alice Manor
- Nancy Robinson vs Alice Operator, LLC, et al, also known as, Autumn Lake Healthcare At Alice Manor
- Dewayne Jolly vs Alana Healthcare LLC, et al, also known as, Autumn Lake Healthcare At Bridgepark
- Natasha Huntley, et al vs Bridge Park Operations LLC, et al, also known as, Autumn Lake Healthcare At Bridgepark
- Kevron Chase vs. Denton Operator, LLC, also known as, Autumn Lake Healthcare At Denton
- Burch vs Cherry Lane Operating Group LLC, also known as, Autumn Lake Healthcare At Cherry Lane
- Deborah Benton vs. Autumn Lake Healthcare At Hartley Hall
- Gall vs AUTUMN LAKE HEALTHCARE AT OAKVIEW
Surveys, Citations and Deficiencies in Autumn Lake Nursing Homes
Autumn Lake Healthcare at Oakview
Autumn Lake Healthcare at Oakview is one of the worst reviewed nursing home facilities in the Silver Spring area. As of the date of this post, Autumn Lake’s Silver Spring nursing home has the lowest overall rating (1 star) from Medicare.
While Autumn Lake maintains average scores in quality of resident administration, their staff rating is cause for significant concern about the location’s ability to maintain quality care.
Poor Health Inspections at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Oakview
Medicare.com rates Autumn Lake Healthcare at Oakview at much below average in their health inspections rating. Medicare considers the most current health inspections, as well as three years of complaint and infection control inspections. In the nursing home’s most recent health inspection, they received 27 citations, which is over three times the national average. Listed among their citations were issues surrounding failing to ensure professional standards of quality, provide appropriate care, and ensure the facility was safe from hazards that could cause injuries.
The Oakview location received a rating of two out of five stars on Medicare’s rubric for staffing, as they staff slightly fewer nurses than the national average and far fewer nurse aids than the average.
Issues at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Cherry Lane
While the nursing home at Autumn Lake Healthcare’s Cherry Lane facility fared better in their most recent health inspection, the location was still cited for infractions like failing to honor a resident’s right to a comfortable living environment.
It is worth noting that, at the time of this post, Autumn Lake Healthcare at Cherry Lane has an overall 5 star rating from Medicare. This is the highest allowable star award.
The location at Cherry Lane, despite receiving positive health reviews, received the same score for staffing as Oakview. Cherry Lane is especially short on nurse aides. This may impact day to day care of the residents.
Poor Staffing and the Connection to Nursing Home Negligence
Poor staffing is the first sign that a nursing home, even with a previous track record of success, is in danger of providing poor care. After all, poor staffing increases the risk of abuse and neglect. Often times, for-profit nursing homes will attempt to maximize profits by cutting costs in areas they believe are excessive, with staffing as an unfortunate casualty in budget cuts. Families should be wary of for-profit facilities with underwhelming staff, as it may impact resident care. Always make sure you feel there are enough “hands” to care for your loved one.
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*Each case is different. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome or indicate an expected outcome on your particular case. The above prior lawsuit information is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney. This individual case information above is publicly filed information gathered from the publicly filed complaint. This information and these cases are not the work of this law firm. The inspection results are provided from government agency surveys. The deficiencies listed on this page may have been corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. The contents of this website should not be construed as legal advice on any specific fact or circumstance. Your receipt of such information does not create an attorney-client relationship with this law firm or any of its lawyers. You should not act or rely on any of the information contained herein without seeking professional legal advice. Speak with an attorney immediately if you believe you have a viable case against a nursing home, assisted living facility or medical facility.