Background Information on Whispering Oaks Nursing Home
Whispering Oaks, a 236-bed nursing home, can be found at 1514 E Chelsea St. in Tampa, Florida. This facility’s legal business name is Senior Health – TNF, LLC. As of the time of this post, Whispering Oaks is rated one out of five stars by Medicare. This rating is considered to be “much below average” by Medicare and is the result of poor health inspection and complaint inspection results.
Medicare has issued a consumer alert for the facility due to citations related to the abuse of residents. Over the past year of inspections, Whispering Oaks have received 11 health citations. The average number of health citations that nursing facilities in Florida receive over the same time period is 6. Additionally, Whispering Oaks has been sued in the past for allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect. The injuries alleged in complaints against Whispering Oaks range from infections, bedsores, broken bones, and death.
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Lawsuits Against Whispering Oaks for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations
The following lawsuits have been filed against Whispering Oaks, alleging nursing home abuse, neglect, and/or nursing home negligence against the Hillsborough County skilled nursing facility:
Rivera, Ivette E/O vs. Whispering Oaks Nursing Home
Allegations: During her admission to Whispering Oaks, Ms. Rivera contracted Covid-19 due to the lack of proper infection protocols in the facility. Ms. Rivera sadly passed away due to the infection.
McClendon, L.J. E/O vs. Whispering Oaks Nursing Home
Allegations: While residing at Whispering Oaks, Mr. McClendon developed a stage four bedsore on his sacrum. The wound was not properly cared for, which resulted in a gangrene infection and severe sepsis infection. Mr. McClendon was hospitalized, and had a surgical debridement of the wound, but ultimately passed away.
Jones, Mary E/O vs. Whispering Oaks
Allegations: As a result of the negligence of Whispering Oaks’ staff, Ms. Jones suffered a preventable fall resulting in catastrophic injuries. Ms. Jones passed away from her injuries.
Hanson, Willamena Marcella E/O vs. Whispering Oaks, a Tampa Nursing Home
Allegations: While she was a resident at Whispering Oaks, Ms. Hanson suffered a fall which resulted in a broken neck, severe head laceration, skin tears, and death.
Deficiencies at Whispering Oaks for Nursing Home Resident Care Violations
February 1st, 2023, Inspection at Whispering Oaks
A complaint inspection occurred at Whispering Oaks after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services were alerted that a resident had eloped from the facility. According to observations, review of medical records, and interviews with facility staff, inspectors were able to put together a timeline of what occurred. The resident, Resident #1, who had dementia and had previously made elopement attempts, left the facility on 1/25/23 after lunch. Resident #1 was able to exit the facility without staff noticing. He then walked 2.9 miles to a bus station. He was discovered at the bus station by a bystander and was transported to a hospital by ambulance. The resident had been missing for 44 hours.
Furthermore, another resident, Resident #2, was found to be the victim of staff-to-resident physical abuse. The abuse resulted in Resident #2 suffering from a left broken rib and left pleural effusion.
August 13th, 2021, Inspection at Whispering Oaks
During this inspection in Whispering Oaks, inspectors determined that the facility had failed to alert a resident’s healthcare representative about a hospital transfer. Resident #81 was witnessed throwing up a coffee ground-like substance by staff. After contacting the physician, staff sent Resident #81 to the hospital. She was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal bleed. After being treated, Resident #81 was transferred back to Whispering Oaks. Facility policies state that a resident’s representative and the ombudsman must be alerted to all transfers- this was not done.
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