Background Information on West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation Center
West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation Center is a for-profit nursing home in Brevard County, Florida. This 180-bed facility can be found at 2125 West New Haven Ave in West Melbourne. West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation Center is also known by its legal business name, Northport Health Services of Florida, LLC. At the time of this blog post, the nursing home has been given a rating of one out of five stars by Medicare, which is considered a “much below average” score.
West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation has been sued in the past for allegations of nursing home negligence and wrongful death. In addition, the facility has received two federal fines in the past three years for failing to correct health and safety citations.
Our Orlando nursing home abuse attorneys explain prior lawsuits and citations involving the Melbourne nursing home facility.*
Lawsuits Against West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation Center for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations
The following lawsuit has been filed against West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation Center:
Allegations: Ms. Ramsey was admitted to West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation Center for nursing care. While she was a resident of the facility, she suffered multiple falls resulting in head injuries, a severe bed sore on her bottom, a knee contusion, urinary tract infection, and multiple choking incidents. One of the choking incidents allegedly led to Ms. Ramsey’s death.
Deficiencies at West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation Center for Resident Care Violations
The results of this inspection showed that the facility had failed to prevent a resident from suffering a urinary tract infection as well as skin breakdown. Based on interviews with the affected resident, it was found that staff at the nursing home failed to provide incontinence care after the resident would urinate or defecate.
Based on record review and interview, it was determined that staff at the nursing home failed to honor a resident’s Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR). The resident was found unresponsive, and staff performed CPR for over twenty minutes on the resident. Emergency medical personnel then continued CPR for another nine minutes. The resident’s DNR order was not located until after the resident had been officially pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel.
West Melbourne Health & Rehabilitation Center failed to provide a safe and secure environment, as well as adequate supervision for a resident. The facility failed to prevent the resident from eloping from the building. The resident walked along a heavily trafficked six lane highway until a passerby picked the resident up. The staff at the facility were not aware of the resident’s elopement until the resident was returned to their facility by the passerby.
During a standard inspection at the Melbourne nursing home, inspectors observed a resident with a urine bag full of pink colored urine with white sediment. Upon interview with the resident, it was revealed that his suprapubic catheter had never been changed or flushed while in the facility. Interventions were issued to flush the resident’s catheter and test for infections.
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