A pair of nursing homes under scrutiny

Signature Healthcare of Port Charlotte and The Woods at Manatee Springs in Bradenton were both added to the Florida nursing home watch list. Signature Healthcare was put on the list after reports that an 85-year-old quadriplegic was not revived despite being found unresponsive.

The Woods at Manatee Springs was put on the list after an incident where a resident who had dementia and a history of falls fell while using the restroom. He was not found until nine hours after the incident and required care for a fractured shoulder.

The two nursing homes will stay on this list for 30 months and will be removed if no further infractions are reported. In order to make the list in the first place, there must be an issue that is either persistent or severe enough to monitor further. Signature Health received 62 days of conditional status for failing to uphold its end-of-life directives.

The policy at Signature is to attempt to save a resident’s life unless there is a document specifying otherwise. Signature said that several nurses were terminated and reported while several aides were given written warnings. The Woods at Manatee Springs was given 30 days of conditional status, and a representative for the organization says that it strongly disagrees with the ruling made against it.

Nursing homes are typically expected to provide the best possible level of care for all residents. While a fall or other injury may occur at any time, homes generally take precautions to lower the odds of a fall or have a comprehensive policy to act quickly during an emergency. A personal injury attorney may be able to help the victim of a nursing home injury or their family take legal action if negligence occurs.

SourceHerald-Tribune, “Two area nursing homes added to state watch list“, Barbara Peters Smith, August 16, 2014

SourceHerald-Tribune, “Two area nursing homes added to state watch list“, Barbara Peters Smith, August 16, 2014