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The Telltale Signs of Washington DC Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse injuries take many forms. If you suspect your loved one suffered a serious injury or wrongful death due to nursing home negligence, contact our Washington DC nursing home attorney immediately.
However, many families are unsure if their loved one’s injuries constitute nursing home neglect. While not an exhaustive list, below are some of the common injuries which result in a nursing home negligence lawsuit:
- Bed sores, pressure ulcers and pressure injury wounds
- Falls resulting in broken hips, femur fractures and brain bleeds
- Medication errors
- Elopement or wandering off the facility premises
- Sexual abuse, physical assaults and rape
- Unexplained injuries and broken bones
Any of the above injuries are suggestive of abuse, neglect or negligence. Call our Washington DC nursing home abuse attorney if your family member developed any of these ailments inside a long term care facility in the DC metro area.
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Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Washington, D.C. has a population of approximately 705,749 and is the 24th most populous place in the United States. The Washington DC metropolitan area is one of the country’s most affluent metro areas. 12.1% of Washington, D.C.’s population is 64 years of age or older. Further, many DC metro area seniors reside in Washington DC skilled nursing homes. This means residents of nearby Northern Virginia and Maryland often get admitted into DC long term care facilities.
While DC enjoys some of the nation’s highest-rated hospitals, unfortunately, some Washington DC nursing homes consistently provide substandard care. As a result, preventable injury, bedsores, pressure ulcers, falls, broken bones, and wrongful death occur frequently in patients.
The Washington, D.C. Health Regulation & Licensing Administration lists nineteen (19) nursing homes within the city, with the number of beds each facility offers ranging from 16 to 360. Two of the facilities located in Washington, D.C. have been cited by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for nursing home abuse. Resident and consumer reviews regarding several of the remaining seventeen (17) facilities indicate that those facilities, while not cited for abuse by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, do not provide an adequate level of care and that their residents may be at risk of nursing home neglect and abuse.
Washington Center for Aging Services
A large, 259-bed facility, Washington Center for Aging Services has been cited by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Washington D.C. nursing home abuse. Although the agency has given the facility a five-star rating for Staffing and Quality Measures, it received a one-star rating for its health inspections and an overall rating of two out of five stars. In the most recent health inspection for this facility, dated July 30, 2019, Washington Center for Aging Services was cited for its failure to thoroughly investigate an incident of abuse and/or neglect. One incident involved a resident that had allegedly become combative when a male staff member attempted to render care; the resident hit her face on a bedrail, including an orbital fracture. The facility stated that an investigation was conducted but there was no written conclusion of the investigation. Moreover, that resident was not provided an interpreter during care and did not respect the resident’s wishes that no male staff provides care for her. The injury suffered by the resident could have been avoided had the facility provided adequate care.
Transitions Healthcare Capitol City
Transitions Healthcare Capitol City is the second facility in Washington, D.C. that has been cited by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for nursing home neglect. According to the most recent health inspection survey conducted on December 14, 2018, there were several incidents of resident-on-resident assaults and physical altercations. There were reported incidents of residents slapping or punching another in the chest, getting into highly charged verbal altercations, and one resident grabbing and hitting his roommate. More concerning, the facility stated that while it documented the fights, there was no documentary evidence that a thorough investigation was conducted. Finally, based on incident reports, there were instances where CNAs and staff refused to turn a resident when requested which prevents the development of bedsores. In one case, a resident fell while he was being assisted to the bathroom. As a result, the resident was told that he could no longer go to the bathroom because he had fallen. The facility investigated the latter incident as a fall, not as a neglect case.
Deanwood Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
One cannot rely solely on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ratings to evaluate nursing homes. For example, Deanwood Rehabilitation and Wellness Center is highly rated by the agency and received an overall rating of four out of five stars. Its health inspection, staffing, and quality measures ratings have also received four stars each. Yet, the most recent health inspection survey for the facility shows a long list of citations and regulations violations. Although some of the citations are for administrative issues, the survey also observed a resident calling to a particular staff member for help. The staff member was at a wall computer and she ignored the resident who was in a wheelchair. When the surveyor asked the resident what she needed help with, she stated that her diaper was too tight and was causing her pain and discomfort. The staff member stated that she had heard the resident calling for help but did not respond because she had to enter her charts into the system by a certain time.
Furthermore, reviews of this facility by residents and loved ones of residents claim that the facility often smelled like urine, residents smelled like they had not been changed or were found lying in their own waste, and that residents did not receive the correct medication.
Conclusion: You Must be Vigilant in Monitoring for Washington DC Nursing Home Neglect
Despite the ratings provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a review of the health inspection citations issued against certain Washington, D.C. nursing homes show that facilities in this area are providing negligent care to some of its residents. Residents and their loved ones cannot always rely on state and federal agencies to hold the facilities accountable for specific acts of neglect; thus, it is imperative that residents of Washington, D.C. nursing homes and their loved ones remain diligent and recognize the signs of nursing home abuse and/or neglect. When neglect and/or abuse is not immediately addressed, it can and has led to serious infections, injuries, and, in some cases, death.
Washington DC Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
DC nursing home abuse festers when left unreported.
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