Darcy Hall of Life Care is a West Palm Beach nursing home located at 2170 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. The facility has 220 beds and is one of the largest in Palm Beach County. While the facility currently enjoys an above average rating on Medicare.gov, Darcy Hall nursing home has historically had problems with resident care. Darcy Hall was listed on Florida’s ‘Nursing Home Watchlist’ for 30 days for violations.
Our West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyers have experience pursuing claims against Darcy Hall for nursing home negligence. We have also sued Lifecare, the corporate parent company that owns and operates Darcy Hall, which recently settled a $145 million nursing home whistleblower claim.
We can help your family if you believe you have a case. Call us today at 561-717-0817 for a free Darcy Hall nursing home abuse lawsuit evaluation.
Lawsuits Against Darcy Hall for Nursing Home Abuse
Marcial v. Darcy Hall of Lifecare
Sliding glass doors closed on a Darcy Hall resident, causing her to fall backwards and suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Estate of Danielson v. Darcy Hall of Lifecare
The resident was dehydrated and allowed to develop nursing home bedsores.
Baptiste v. Darcy Hall of Lifecare
This was an employment discrimination suit versus the nursing home.
2017 Inspection of Darcy Hall Nursing Home
A recent May 2017 inspection of the Darcy Hall facility resulted in numerous violations, including:
|Survey Date||Requirement Description|
|05/19/2017||DIGNITY AND RESPECT OF INDIVIDUALITY(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.|
|05/19/2017||HOUSEKEEPING & MAINTENANCE SERVICES(i)(2) Housekeeping and maintenance services necessary to maintain a sanitary, orderly, and comfortable interior;|
|05/19/2017||ASSESSMENT ACCURACY/COORDINATION/CERTIFIED(g) Accuracy of Assessments. The assessment must accurately reflect the resident¿s status. (h) Coordination A registered nurse must conduct or coordinate each assessment with the appropriate participation of health professionals. (i) Certification (1) A registered nurse must sign and certify that the assessment is completed. (2) Each individual who completes a portion of the assessment must sign and certify the accuracy of that portion of the assessment. (j) Penalty for Falsification (1) Under Medicare and Medicaid, an individual who willfully and knowingly- (i) Certifies a material and false statement in a resident assessment is subject to a civil money penalty of not more than $1,000 for each assessment; or (ii) Causes another individual to certify a material and false statement in a resident assessment is subject to a civil money penalty or not more than $5,000 for each assessment. (2) Clinical disagreement does not constitute a material and false statement.|
|05/19/2017||ADL CARE PROVIDED FOR DEPENDENT RESIDENTS(a)(2) A resident who is unable to carry out activities of daily living receives the necessary services to maintain good nutrition, grooming, and personal and oral hygiene.|
|05/19/2017||FREE OF ACCIDENT HAZARDS/SUPERVISION/DEVICES(d) Accidents. The facility must ensure that – (1) The resident environment remains as free from accident hazards as is possible; and (2) Each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents. (n) – Bed Rails. The facility must attempt to use appropriate alternatives prior to installing a side or bed rail. If a bed or side rail is used, the facility must ensure correct installation, use, and maintenance of bed rails, including but not limited to the following elements. (1) Assess the resident for risk of entrapment from bed rails prior to installation. (2) Review the risks and benefits of bed rails with the resident or resident representative and obtain informed consent prior to installation. (3) Ensure that the bed¿s dimensions are appropriate for the resident¿s size and weight.|
|05/19/2017||DRUG REGIMEN IS FREE FROM UNNECESSARY DRUGS(d) Unnecessary Drugs-General. Each resident¿s drug regimen must be free from unnecessary drugs. An unnecessary drug is any drug when used– (1) In excessive dose (including duplicate drug therapy); or (2) For excessive duration; or (3) Without adequate monitoring; or (4) Without adequate indications for its use; or (5) In the presence of adverse consequences which indicate the dose should be reduced or discontinued; or (6) Any combinations of the reasons stated in paragraphs (d)(1) through (5) of this section.|
|05/19/2017||FREE OF MEDICATION ERROR RATES OF 5% OR MORE(f) Medication Errors. The facility must ensure that its- (1) Medication error rates are not 5 percent or greater;|
|05/19/2017||DRUG REGIMEN REVIEW, REPORT IRREGULAR, ACT ONc) Drug Regimen Review (1) The drug regimen of each resident must be reviewed at least once a month by a licensed pharmacist. (3) A psychotropic drug is any drug that affects brain activities associated with mental processes and behavior. These drugs include, but are not limited to, drugs in the following categories: (i) Anti-psychotic; (ii) Anti-depressant; (iii) Anti-anxiety; and (iv) Hypnotic. (4) The pharmacist must report any irregularities to the attending physician and the facility¿s medical director and director of nursing, and these reports must be acted upon. (i) Irregularities include, but are not limited to, any drug that meets the criteria set forth in paragraph (d) of this section for an unnecessary drug. (ii) Any irregularities noted by the pharmacist during this review must be documented on a separate, written report that is sent to the attending physician and the facility¿s medical director and director of nursing and lists, at a minimum, the resident¿s name, the relevant drug, and the irregularity the pharmacist identified. (iii) The attending physician must document in the resident¿s medical record that the identified irregularity has been reviewed and what, if any, action has been taken to address it. If there is to be no change in the medication, the attending physician should document his or her rationale in the resident¿s medical record. (5) The facility must develop and maintain policies and procedures for the monthly drug regimen review that include, but are not limited to, time frames for the different steps in the process and steps the pharmacist must take when he or she identifies an irregularity that requires urgent action to protect the resident.|
|05/19/2017||DRUG RECORDS, LABEL/STORE DRUGS & BIOLOGICALSThe facility must provide routine and emergency drugs and biologicals to its residents, or obtain them under an agreement described in §483.70(g) of this part. The facility may permit unlicensed personnel to administer drugs if State law permits, but only under the general supervision of a licensed nurse. (a) Procedures. A facility must provide pharmaceutical services (including procedures that assure the accurate acquiring, receiving, dispensing, and administering of all drugs and biologicals) to meet the needs of each resident. (b) Service Consultation. The facility must employ or obtain the services of a licensed pharmacist who– (2) Establishes a system of records of receipt and disposition of all controlled drugs in sufficient detail to enable an accurate reconciliation; and (3) Determines that drug records are in order and that an account of all controlled drugs is maintained and periodically reconciled. (g) Labeling of Drugs and Biologicals. Drugs and biologicals used in the facility must be labeled in accordance with currently accepted professional principles, and include the appropriate accessory and cautionary instructions, and the expiration date when applicable. (h) Storage of Drugs and Biologicals. (1) In accordance with State and Federal laws, the facility must store all drugs and biologicals in locked compartments under proper temperature controls, and permit only authorized personnel to have access to the keys. (2) The facility must provide separately locked, permanently affixed compartments for storage of controlled drugs listed in Schedule II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1976 and other drugs subject to abuse, except when the facility uses single unit package drug distribution systems in which the quantity stored is minimal and a missing dose can be readily detected.|