Background Information on Clearwater Center, a Florida Nursing Home
Located at 1270 Turner Street in Clearwater, Florida, is a 109-bed nursing home named the Clearwater Center. The legal business name of Clearwater Center is Clearwater Rehabilitation Center, LLC. It is owned by Hearthstone Senior Communities, Inc. At the time of this post, Clearwater Center is rated three out of five stars on Medicare’s Care Compare site. This rating is based off of the facility’s past health inspections, staffing reports, and resident quality care measures.
Clearwater Center was fined by the federal government in late 2022 for a serious health citation resulting in a loss of approximately $14,000. Additionally, the facility has a high nursing staff turnover rate of 70.9%. The national average nursing staff turnover rate in nursing homes is 53.9%. A lower staff turnover rate is preferred due to staff becoming familiar with the residents and their personal needs.
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Lawsuit Against Clearwater Center for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations
The following lawsuit has been filed against Clearwater Center:
Conkel, Cheryl vs. Clearwater Center
Allegations: When Cheryl was a resident of Clearwater Center, she suffered from nursing home negligence. According to the lawsuit she filed against the facility, staff failed to help her with activities of daily life, such as bathing, grooming, and using the toilet. Furthermore, Cheryl fell in the facility and suffered injuries.
Deficiencies at Clearwater Center for Resident Care Violations
September 16th, 2022, Inspection at Clearwater Center
During a complaint inspection at the facility, it was determined that staff failed to honor a resident’s DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Order. The resident, Resident #1, had a DNR order put in place after he fell twice at Clearwater Center and was hospitalized for the falls. Resident #1 was found unresponsive in his room at the facility by a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant). The CNA alerted two RNs (Registered Nurses). RN “B” found the resident’s DNR order in his file and informed RN “C” of the advanced directive. RN “C” ignored the order and started CPR on Resident #1. 911 was called and the resident was pronounced dead by EMS (Emergency Medical Services).
December 2nd, 2021, Inspection at Clearwater Center
An unannounced Fire & Life Safety survey was conducted at the facility in December 2021. This survey found multiple deficiencies. For example, the facility failed to maintain the automatic fire sprinkler system in accordance with professional standards.
March 4th, 2021, Inspection at Clearwater Center
A complaint inspection occurred at Clearwater Center after an impaired resident was sent to an outside medical appointment with no escort from the facility. The resident needed a one-person assist with transfers and was also unable to communicate due to speech issues. The resident’s chart had an order for an escort from the facility to outside medical appointments due to his impairments. However, the resident was taken to an appointment without an escort and left alone.
*The above does not mean your loved one would be in harm at this facility. Each facility gets inspected often. Almost all facilities have deficiencies. Many face civil lawsuits. You should not make a facility placement decision based solely on the above information. 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 public government agency surveys. The state Department of Health conducts a survey of all nursing home facilities at least once every 15 months. The deficiencies listed on this page may have been corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. Citations, ratings and deficiencies are current as of the date of this post and will change later on. The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information at medicare.gov. This material is not endorsed by the facility or by any governmental agency. Speak with an attorney immediately if you believe you have a viable case against a nursing home, assisted living facility or medical facility.
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