Lorien Health Services has slowly expanded their reach in Maryland to nine locations since their inception in 1977, however, Lorien nursing homes have faced lawsuits and citations for sub-par care. Of the nine locations, four lie within a 25-mile radius of Columbia, MD. Although the company’s expansions have been received well, and the company does provide overall good resident care, a closer look into their operations reveals growing pains and isolated nursing home negligence issues.
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Average Staffing Can Lead to Future Problems
Staffing is vital for the strength of a nursing home. When staffing is insufficient due to restricted hours or an inadequate number of people, the residents’ risk of facing abuse or neglect increases exponentially which can lead to serious injuries like bed sores and falls. While Lorien’s locations have do not currently have any open lawsuits, Lorien Health nursing homes have faced prior lawsuits in the past. Some of these lawsuits against Lorien nursing homes have alleged short staffing and a lack of resources.
Medicare’s website rates three of the four locations within the 25-mile radius of Columbia as only three out of five in regards to their staffing. Medicare determines this staffing rating based on the amount of time each type of nurse or staff member spends with each resident each day. Despite having fewer residents per day than the average U.S. nursing home, Lorien Mays Chapel maintains a worse nurse to resident ratio than the national average, while the remaining three locations in the Columbia area were only slightly better.
Health Inspections and Citations at Lorien Nursing Homes
When it comes to health inspections, two of the locations in the Columbia area show the risks the company faces if Lorien nursing homes are short staffed.
The location in Mt. Airy (Lorien Mt. Airy) has received 16 citations, which is twice as high as the national average. Noted in the citations were several incidents where the staff failed to uphold the dignity and agency of their residents. In one citation, the location failed to provide proper assistance during mealtime in a timely manner. In another citation, the location did not provide a plan that met the resident’s needs.
The Lorien Mays Chapel facility fared even worse at 22 citations. They had numerous issues with failure to allow residents to communicate with family members and advocate agencies. They were also cited for failing to honor a resident’s right to a safe and clean environment after housekeeping failed to properly maintain a clean bathroom.
Mt. Airy and Mays Chapel, along with the other two locations in the area, have thus far avoided lawsuits for nursing home negligence.
If you believe your loved one was abused or neglected inside a Lorien Health Care Nursing Home, contact our Maryland Elder abuse attorney immediately. Call Senior Justice Law Firm toll free at 888-375-9998 or you can utilize our live chat feature on our website.
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