Deficiencies, Fines and Lawsuits at Winkler Court Nursing Home
Winkler Court, operating under the legal name Fi-Winkler Court, LLC, is a 120-bed nursing home which has been serving Lee County for over 40 years. The facility is located at 3250 Winkler Ave. Extension in Fort Myers, FL 33916. Winkler Court is only 10 minutes away from Lee Memorial Hospital and 11 minutes away from Gulf Coast Medical Center. Medicare has given Winkler Court an average rating of 2 out of 5 stars, which is based on the nursing home’s performance on 3 sources: health inspections, staffing, and quality of resident care. From 2004 to 2021, the facility has been fined over $28,000 by the Agency for Health Care Administration for various deficiencies. The latest fine of $1000 was issued after the AHCA determined Winkler Court failed to assure each resident the right to receive adequate and appropriate health care.
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Lawsuits Against Winkler Court for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations
The following lawsuits have been filed against Winkler Court:
Stegall, Patricia Ann E/O vs. Fi-Winkler Court, LLC
Allegations: Tonia Ann Lucius, the representative of the late Patricia Ann Stegall, states that staff at Winkler Court failed to develop an adequate care plan and properly monitor the care of Ms. Stegall. Ms. Lucius states that this lack of care resulted in Ms. Stegall’s development of pneumonia and a subsequent sepsis infection which resulted in the wrongful death of Ms. Stegall.
Cichelero, Gloria E/O vs. Fi-Winkler Court, LLC
Allegations: Ian Wolk, the representative of the deceased Gloria Cichelero, states that Winkler Court neglected the care and wellbeing of Ms. Cichelero which resulted in her death. Mr. Wolk states that while in her residency at Winkler Court, Ms. Cichelero developed multiple bed sores and a subsequent infection. Ms. Cichelero’s bed sores and infection were left untreated by the staff at Winkler Court.
Briggs, Rose Mary E/O vs. Fi-Winkler Court, LLC
Allegations: Larry Briggs, the representative of the estate of Rose Mary Briggs, states that as a result of Winkler Court’s negligence, Ms. Briggs suffered falls that resulted in a fractured hip. In addition, Ms. Briggs developed bedsores due to improper care and suffered a subsequent sepsis infection. These injuries resulted in Ms. Briggs’ wrongful death.
Deficiencies at Winkler Court for Resident Care Violations
April 8, 2021 Inspection at Winkler Court
Winkler Court failed to document grievances from four residents (Resident #19, #34, #64 and #202). Interviews of the residents took place on 4/5/21. Resident #202 stated that a CNA had an attitude and was argumentative when talking to her. Resident #19 stated that his main concern was the way the CNAs talked to him and treated him. He stated that the nurses would not change his urinal and it often ended up spilling on him. Resident #64 stated that when she used the call light to ask for help at night, the nurses would come in and scold her. Resident #34 stated that it normally took at least an hour for nurses to answer the call light.
August 11, 2020 Inspection at Winkler Court
Winkler Court failed to maintain a functional communication system in one of the three units of the facility. On August 10, 2020, observation of the unit revealed that multiple residents’ call lights were not working. A CNA staff member stated in an interview that the call lights had not been working for weeks. She stated that the staff members were instructed to make rounds every 15 minutes, but that the staff were too busy to do so.
June 16, 2020 Inspection at Winkler Court
Winkler Court failed to follow laundry handling procedures, basic sanitation, and current infection control COVID-19 recommendations by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nurses were observed not using proper handwashing techniques before handling residents’ meals and wearing face masks improperly. Furthermore, nurses failed to withhold laxatives according to the physician’s orders for a resident. Additionally, Winkler Court failed to obtain a physician’s order for use of restraint before restraining a resident in her wheelchair.
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*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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