Avante at Orlando Nursing Home Ratings, Complaints, Investigations and Lawsuits
Avante at Orlando skilled nursing home is located at 2000 N. Semoran Blvd. in Orlando, FL 32807. As Orlando nursing home abuse attorneys, we are very familiar with this facility and have successfully brought claims against Avante for nursing home negligence. In a prior post, we discussed this facility’s sister nursing home, Avante at Boca Raton and the fact that it was added to Florida’s nursing home watch list.
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Avante at Orlando Overview
The Avante at Orlando nursing home has 118 community beds, two of which are private rooms, with 34 two-bedroom rooms and 12 four-bedroom rooms. Regardless of what kind of room a resident has at the Avante at Orlando nursing home, each resident is guaranteed certain rights under the Florida Residents Rights Act. These rights include the right to be free from abuse and neglect, as well as the right to live with human dignity. Failure to provide residents with these rights may result in a nursing home abuse lawsuit against Avante at Orlando, or a state citation from AHCA.
Prior Lawsuits Against Avante at Orlando, Inc. and its Parent Company, Avante Group, Inc.
Estate of Josie Long vs. Avante at Orlando, Inc. and Avante Group, Inc.
Ms. Long was admitted to the Avante Orlando facility. Upon admission, she was at high risk for urinary tract infections (UTI’s). Additionally, it was alleged that the facility failed to safeguard from Ms. Long from sexual assault by other residents.
Estate of Didera Dudley vs. Avante of Orlando
After a brain injury, Ms. Dudley was admitted to Avante of Orlando at just 49 years of age. She was dependent on staff for care and assistance as she breathed through a ventilator. She suffered a fall from her bed and dislodged her trach tube. Her extubation went unnoticed by Avante staff for too long a time period, and she wrongfully died.
Estate of Barbara Colon vs. Avante at Orlando, Inc., AG Holdings Inc. and Avante Group, Inc.
Ms. Colon was a resident at Avante at Orlando from 9/3/2010 to 9/7/2012. After her discharge from the nursing home, she died on 10/3/2012. It was alleged that Ms. Colon developed preventable skin injuries while a resident at the facility, leading to infection and wrongful death.
Common Grounds for Suing Avante for Nursing Home Negligence
We have handled successfully pursued justice for wrongfully neglected residents in Avante facilities.
Our most common nursing home abuse claim involves nursing home bedsores. These preventable wounds, typically found on a resident’s heels or their backside, are usually inexcusable and can lead to serious infection.
The second most common cause of action for facility neglect involves repeated falls. When a resident is allowed to suffer nursing home falls, they run the risk of serious injuries like hip fractures or pelvic fractures.
Avante at Orlando Added to Florida’s Nursing Home Watch List
Like its sister facility, Avante at Orlando has been added to Florida’s Nursing Home Watch List. The facility’s watch list timeframe was from 6/5/15 to 12/5/17.
Prior State Investigations into Avante at Orlando, Inc.
Due to former resident complaints, the Avante at Orlando nursing home has been repeatedly inspected by state officials. These publicly available AHCA investigations can be found online. Over the years, Avante at Orlando has been cited for deficiencies in the following areas:
- The right to receive adequate and appropriate health care and protective and support services, including social services; mental health services, if available; planned recreational activities; and therapeutic and rehabilitative services consistent with the resident care plan, with established and recognized practice standards within the community, and with rules as adopted by the agency.
- Every facility shall, as part of its administrative functions, establish an internal risk management and quality assurance program, the purpose of which is to assess resident care practices; review facility quality indicators, facility incident reports, deficiencies cited by the agency, and resident grievances; and develop plans of action to correct and respond quickly to identified quality deficiencies.
- (i) Medical records. (1) In accordance with accepted professional standards and practices, the facility must maintain medical records on each resident that are- (i) Complete; (ii) Accurately documented; (iii) Readily accessible; and (iv) Systematically organized (5) The medical record must contain- (i) Sufficient information to identify the resident; (ii) A record of the resident¿s assessments; (iii) The comprehensive plan of care and services provided; (iv) The results of any preadmission screening and resident review evaluations and determinations conducted by the State; (v) Physician¿s, nurse¿s, and other licensed professional¿s progress notes; and (vi) Laboratory, radiology and other diagnostic services reports as required under §483.50.
- (a) Admissions policy. (1) The facility must establish and implement an admissions policy. (2) The facility must- (i) Not request or require residents or potential residents to waive their rights as set forth in this subpart and in applicable state, federal or local licensing or certification laws, including but not limited to their rights to Medicare or Medicaid; and (ii) Not request or require oral or written assurance that residents or potential residents are not eligible for, or will not apply for, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. (iii) Not request or require residents or potential residents to waive potential facility liability for losses of personal property. (3) The facility must not request or require a third party guarantee of payment to the facility as a condition of admission or expedited admission, or continued stay in the facility. However, the facility may request and require a resident representative who has legal access to a resident¿s income or resources available to pay for facility care to sign a contract, without incurring personal financial liability, to provide facility payment from the resident¿s income or resources. (4) In the case of a person eligible for Medicaid, a nursing facility must not charge, solicit, accept, or receive, in addition to any amount otherwise required to be paid under the State plan, any gift, money, donation, or other consideration as a precondition of admission, expedited admission or continued stay in the facility. However,- (i) A nursing facility may charge a resident who is eligible for Medicaid for items and services the resident has requested and received, and that are not specified in the State plan as included in the term “nursing facility services¿¿ so long as the facility gives proper notice of the availability and cost of these services to residents and does not condition the resident¿s admission or continued stay on the request for and receipt of such additional services; and (ii) A nursing facility may solicit, accept, or receive a charitable, religious, or philanthropic contribution from an organization or from a person unrelated to a Medicaid eligible resident or potential resident, but only to the extent that the contribution is not a condition of admission, expedited admission, or continued stay in the facility for a Medicaid eligible resident. (5) States or political subdivisions may apply stricter admissions standards under State or local laws than are specified in this section, to prohibit discrimination against individuals entitled to Medicaid. (6) A nursing facility must disclose and provide to a resident or potential resident prior to time of admission, notice of special characteristics or service limitations of the facility. (7) A nursing facility that is a composite distinct part as defined in § 483.5 must disclose in its admission agreement its physical configuration, including the various locations that comprise the composite distinct part, and must specify the policies that apply to room changes between its different locations under paragraph (c)(9) of this section.
- (a)(1) A facility must treat and care for each resident in a manner and in an environment that promotes maintenance or enhancement of his or her quality of life recognizing each resident¿s individuality. The facility must protect and promote the rights of the resident.
- (i)(1) – Procure food from sources approved or considered satisfactory by federal, state or local authorities. (i) This may include food items obtained directly from local producers, subject to applicable State and local laws or regulations. (ii) This provision does not prohibit or prevent facilities from using produce grown in facility gardens, subject to compliance with applicable safe growing and food-handling practices. (iii) This provision does not preclude residents from consuming foods not procured by the facility. (i)(2) – Store, prepare, distribute and serve food in accordance with professional standards for food service safety. (i)(3) Have a policy regarding use and storage of foods brought to residents by family and other visitors to ensure safe and sanitary storage, handling, and consumption.
- (a) Infection prevention and control program. The facility must establish an infection prevention and control program (IPCP) that must include, at a minimum, the following elements: (1) A system for preventing, identifying, reporting, investigating, and controlling infections and communicable diseases for all residents, staff, volunteers, visitors, and other individuals providing services under a contractual arrangement based upon the facility assessment conducted according to §483.70(e) and following accepted national standards (facility assessment implementation is Phase 2); (2) Written standards, policies, and procedures for the program, which must include, but are not limited to: (i) A system of surveillance designed to identify possible communicable diseases or infections before they can spread to other persons in the facility; (ii) When and to whom possible incidents of communicable disease or infections should be reported; (iii) Standard and transmission-based precautions to be followed to prevent spread of infections; (iv) When and how isolation should be used for a resident; including but not limited to: (A) The type and duration of the isolation, depending upon the infectious agent or organism involved, and (B) A requirement that the isolation should be the least restrictive possible for the resident under the circumstances. (v) The circumstances under which the facility must prohibit employees with a communicable disease or infected skin lesions from direct contact with residents or their food, if direct contact will transmit the disease; and (vi) The hand hygiene procedures to be followed by staff involved in direct resident contact. (4) A system for recording incidents identified under the facility¿s IPCP and the corrective actions taken by the facility. (e) Linens. Personnel must handle, store, process, and transport linens so as to prevent the spread of infection. (f) Annual review. The facility will conduct an annual review of its IPCP and update their program, as necessary.
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