Background Information on Oaks at Avon
In the small Florida city of Avon Park in Highlands County, the Oaks at Avon nursing home serves 104 certified beds. Oaks at Avon is located at 1010 US 27 N in Avon Park, FL 33825. Boasting a resident council and accepting of both Medicare and Medicaid plans, Oaks at Avon is owned and managed as a non-profit doing business under the name Fi-the Oaks, LLC. Residents at Oaks at Avon can expect to spend approximately five minutes per day with a physical therapist, and registered nurses spend around 32 minutes with each resident per day; this represents a decline from the national average of 46 minutes.
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Lawsuits Against Oaks at Avon for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations
The following lawsuit is one example of families who have taken legal action against the Oaks at Avon facility for their treatment of residents:
THE ESTATE OF YVONNE DUTCHER v. FI-THE OAKS LLC
Allegations: The details of this lawsuit clarify that the family of Yvonne Dutcher are seeking compensation for the treatment that staff provided at Oaks on Avon. Ms. Dutcher was found to have developed a stage 4 bedsore in her tailbone region, which caused pain and suffering. In addition, this injury was discovered to contain fecal matter and urine as a result of staff failing to adequately assist Ms. Dutcher with her toileting needs. The matter is currently under review.
Deficiencies at Oaks at Avon for Resident Care Violations
March 6, 2020 Inspection at Oaks at Avon
A recent March 2020 inspection at Oaks at Avon revealed that staff had failed on multiple occasions to respect the dignity of residents, such as by failing to cover urinary catheter bags or by keeping doors open while residents where in some state of undress. One resident’s room was found to be open to public view while the resident’s lower half was unclothed, with the resident lying knees-up on the bed, exposed to view. In addition, the inspection found that the facility’s medication error rates were higher than acceptable, at 9.38%. This included instances such as staff member providing chewable aspirin rather than the 81mg aspirin that the resident’s doctor had ordered.
March 7, 2019 Inspection at Oaks at Avon
One year earlier, the Oaks at Avon facility was subject to another health inspection that indicated that staff failed to address a resident’s grievance of missing property according to protocol. The resident’s file did not indicate any possessions due to a documentation failure in which staff did not record his possessions. Additionally, staff did not document the lung sounds of a resident who was on oxygen according to physician’s orders; this area of the resident’s charts was left blank. The resident was permitted to lie in bed and staff would come to check that the nasal cannula continued to provide 2 liters of oxygen, but no lung sounds were recorded.
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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.