Background Information on Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center
Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center is a 57-bed nursing facility in Pinellas County, Florida. It can be found at 3456 21st Ave. S. in Saint Petersburg. The nursing home’s legal business name is Senior Health-Alpine, LLC. and is owned by Senior Health Properties South, Inc.
At the time of this post, Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center has an overall rating of four out of five stars by Medicare. However, they have been rated two out of five stars in the “Staffing” category. This rating could be related to the facility’s Registered Nurse (RN) turnover rate of 90%. Staff turnover is the percentage of staff that stop working in a facility within a year. Lower turnover rates are generally preferable to higher rates because staff who work in a specific facility for a longer period will become more familiar with the residents, the facility’s policies, etc. According to Medicare, the national average RN turnover rate is 51.3%. The Florida average is 56.1%.
Lawsuits Against Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations
The following lawsuits have been filed against Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center:
Lockwood, Helen E/O vs. Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center
Allegations: During Ms. Lockwood’s time in Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center, she was exposed to the Covid-19 infection. She later tested positive for the infection but was not provided with the appropriate medical care. Ms. Lockwood passed away due to the untreated infection. Ms. Lockwood’s personal representative of her estate, Tomekia Lockwood, filed a lawsuit following her death against Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Parks, Nixey W. E/O vs. Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center
Allegations: Mr. Parks was admitted to Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center following a long hospital stay. When Mr. Parks entered the nursing home, staff were made aware of his difficulty swallowing and his need for a puree diet. Approximately twenty-four hours after his admittance, Mr. Parks was found unresponsive in bed. Upon further examination, Mr. Parks had a “relatively large amount of food particles” in his lungs and airway. His cause of death was documented as acute aspiration pneumonia. Following his death, Hillorie Knight, Mr. Parks’ daughter, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home.
Deficiencies at Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center for Resident Care Violations
October 6th, 2021, Inspection at Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center
According to this inspection at Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center, staff failed to implement an activities program that incorporated the residents’ interests. While being interviewed about one of the residents that had not been involved in activities, a CNA stated, “They usually never include the resident in a particular activity, or really do anything else with him.”
February 12th, 2020, Inspection at Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center
During this inspection at the nursing home, surveyors observed loose pills in the medication cart. Upon further inspection, there were nine loose pills in different drawers and areas of the cart. Facility policy requires pills to remain in the containers that the pharmacy ships them in. These containers meet federal labeling requirements. Loose pills are a safety hazard to residents as they are unidentifiable and unsecured.
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