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Florida Nursing Home Negligence in the Midst of Coronavirus

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In an article published by the Miami Herald on April 19th, the inexcusable conditions found by a team from the Florida Department of Health at a Tallahassee nursing home were brought to light. This nursing home was the first case, of perhaps many to come, where disciplinary actions were taken against nursing home administrators for the failure to protect its vulnerable patients in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The department of health found regular violations of CDC and state guidelines created to protect the at-risk demographics living in long term care facilities. It was noted that the nursing home staff failed to wear the N-95 masks that were plentifully stocked, and that essentials such as hand sanitizer and protective gloves were not available in patient rooms. Additionally, the designated isolation area for COVID patients was set up in close proximity to the establishment’s cafeteria, increasing the risk of contagions spreading throughout the nursing home.

The DOH team also witnessed careless screening measures such as testing temperatures inside the building, failing to sanitize thermometers in between tests, and even allowing individuals with obvious respiratory illnesses into the nursing home. These actions are a direct violation of the procedural requirements outlined in Florida’s Division of Emergency Management’s emergency order. Unfortunately, as stated in the report, these failures resulted in 8 of the 35 patients testing positive for COVID-19 and the suspended license of the nursing home’s director.

As mentioned in one of our previous blog posts, nursing home neglect cases in Florida include unintentional, yet careless or reckless acts of misconduct.

Residents of similar rehabilitation or nursing home facilities may suffer when owners, operators, administrators, or employees fail to provide proper care and maintain the nursing home in a clean, secure condition. Indications that they’re failing in their duties include:

  • Unsanitary common areas
  • Soiled linens and filth in resident private rooms
  • Malnourishment or dehydration
  • Unsafe living conditions
  • Issues with your loved one’s personal hygiene

The Division of Emergency Management order issued March 11, 2020 as well as additional Executive Orders regarding Florida’s COVID-19 safety procedures can be found here. Below are the regulations that Florida Nursing Homes are required to follow.

For purposes of this order, a facility includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes. The order applies as follows:

  • Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours is prohibited from visiting a facility;
  • Any person showing or presenting s1gns or symptoms of a respiratory infection, including cough, fever, shortness of breath or sore throat is prohibited from visiting a facility;
  • Any person who has or may have been in close contact with a person( s) infected with COVID-19 who has not tested negative for COVID19 is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their interaction with the person(s) who is infected with COVID-19;
  • Any person who traveled internationally is prohibited from visiting a facility until14 days after their return to the United States;
  • Any person who traveled on a cruise ship is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States;
  • Any person who has been in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility within 14 days of their presence in the community with community spread; or
  • Any person who resides in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility.

This past Saturday, the Governor published a list of all Florida Nursing Homes that have documented cases of COVID-19. If you or someone you know have relatives in one of the following nursing homes, and suspect that the facility has been negligent in ensure save living conditions or has violated the Emergency Management Guidelines detailed above, please contact us TODAY. We are here to help and are available for free consultations for your nursing home negligence claims.

Alachua County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Oak Hammock At The University Of Florida
  • Parklands Care Center

Brevard County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Brookdale Melbourne
  • Life Care Center Of Palm Bay
  • Sonata Viera
  • Victoria Landing Alf
  • Viera Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Zon Beachside LLC

Broward County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home
  • Atria Tamarac
  • Atria Willow Wood
  • Avalon Park Retirement Residence, Inc.
  • Bright Horizons Of Ramblewood, Inc.
  • Broward Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Buckingham Place, LLC
  • The Court At Palm Aire
  • Covenant Village Care Center
  • Cross Pointe Care Center
  • Five Star Premier Residences Of Hollywood
  • Five Star Premier Residences Of Plantation
  • Five Star Premier Residences Of Pompano
  • Ft Lauderdale Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Golden Age Manor Alf
  • Golfcrest Healthcare Center
  • Harborchase Of Coral Springs
  • Harborchase Of Tamarac
  • Hillcrest Health Care And Rehabilitation Center
  • Leisure Living Of Victoria Park
  • Life Care Center Of Inverrary
  • Manor Pines Convalescent Center
  • Memorial Manor
  • Nspire Healthcare Plantation
  • Oakmonte Village Of Davie
  • Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace
  • Palms Care Center
  • Park Summit At Coral Springs
  • Pompano Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Presidential Place
  • Saejca’S Castle LLC
  • Solaris Healthcare Coconut Creek
  • John’S Nursing Center
  • Tamarac Rehabilitation And Health Center, Inc.
  • The Colony Club Alf
  • The Horizon Club
  • The Preserve At Palm Aire
  • The Sheridan At Cooper City
  • Villa Rio Vista

Charlotte County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Douglas Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home
  • Harbour Health Center
  • Port Charlotte Rehabilitation Center
  • Signature Healthcare Of Port Charlotte
  • South Port Square Senior Living Facility

Clay County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Brookdale Orange Park
  • Diamond Alf, LLC
  • Governors Creek Health And Rehabilitation
  • Heartland Health Care Center – Orange Park
  • Isle Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Seagrass Village Of Fleming Island

Collier County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • All Seasons In Naples LLC
  • Bentley Village
  • Keystone Place At Naples Preserve
  • Manorcare Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • Naples Green Village

Miami-Dade County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Blessing Alf LLC
  • Bosch Alf, Inc
  • Buena Vista Assisted Living
  • Claridge House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Coral Gables Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • Cross Gardens Care Center
  • East Ridge Retirement Village, Inc
  • Epworth Village Retirement Community
  • The Floridean Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • Fountain Manor Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Franco Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Golden Glades Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • Hainat, Inc
  • Hialeah Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • Jackson Memorial Long Term Care Center
  • Jean Carlos Alf Inc
  • Krystal Bay Nursing And Rehabilitation
  • Log Cabin Enterprises, Inc.
  • Marla Grove Alf Inc
  • Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc.
  • Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services, Inc.
  • Miami Jewish Health Systems, Inc.
  • Miami Shores Nursing And Rehab Center
  • New Age Adultcare Inc
  • North Beach Rehabilitation Center
  • North Dade Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • Nspire Healthcare Miami Lakes
  • Palace At Homestead, LLC
  • Palace At Kendall
  • Palm Garden Of Aventura
  • Palmetto Care Center
  • Pavilion Gardens
  • Pinecrest Rehabilitation Center
  • Pines Nursing Home
  • Pointe Of North Gables
  • Ponce Plaza Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Professional Home Care I
  • Regents Park At Aventura
  • Residential Plaza At Blue Lagoon
  • Riverside Care Center
  • Riviera Health Resort
  • The Sands At South Beach Care Center
  • Signature Healthcare Center Of Waterford
  • Silver Palm Assisted Living, LLC
  • Sinai Plaza Nursing And Rehab Center
  • South Dade Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • St Annes Nursing Center, St Annes Residence Inc
  • Sterling Aventura
  • Susanna Wesley Health Center
  • The Palace At Coral Gables
  • Treasure Isle Care Center
  • Unity Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • University Plaza Rehabilitation And Nursing Center, Inc
  • Vi At Aventura
  • Villa Maria Nursing Center
  • Villa Maria Pia Inc
  • West Gables Health Care Center

Duval County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Brookdale Avondale
  • Camellia At Deerwood
  • Cathedral Gerontology Center, Inc
  • Fannie E. Taylor Home For The Aged-Taylor Manor, Inc.
  • Jacksonville Nursing And Rehab Center
  • Lanier Rehabilitation Center
  • Palm Garden Of Jacksonville
  • Wyndham Lakes Jacksonville

Escambia County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Arcadia Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Asbury Place
  • Brookdale Pensacola
  • De Luna Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Homestead Village Retirement Community
  • Olive Branch Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Rehabilitation Center At Park Place
  • Rosewood Healthcare And Rehabilitation Center
  • Southern Oaks Care Center
  • Specialty Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • West Pointe Retirement Community Inc

Hillsborough County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Allegro
  • The Bristol At Tampa Rehabilitation And Nursing Center LLC
  • Inspired Living At Tampa
  • Plaza West
  • Promise Pointe At Tampa Oaks
  • Rocky Creek Village

Lee County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • American House Fort Myers
  • The Arbor At Shell Point
  • Barkley Place Lee
  • Cypress Cove At Healthpark Florida
  • Discovery Village At The Forum
  • Healthpark Care Center
  • Lehigh Acres Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Life Care Center Of Estero
  • Manorcare Health Services
  • Palms Of Fort Myers
  • Shell Point Nursing Pavilion
  • Signature Healthcare At College Park
  • The Springs At Shell Point Retirement Community
  • Springwood Court

Manatee County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Braden River Rehabilitation Center LLC
  • Bradenton Health Care
  • Brookdale Bradenton Gardens
  • Casa Mora Rehabilitation And Extended Care
  • Manatee Springs Rehabilitation And Nursing Center
  • Residence At Bay Vue
  • Riviera Palms Rehabilitation Center
  • Westminster Point Pleasant

Orange County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Adventhealth Care Center Orlando North
  • The Bridge Assisted Living At Life Care Center Of Orlando
  • Encore At Avalon Park
  • Gentry Park Orlando
  • Guardian Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Hunters Creek Nursing And Rehab Center
  • Orlando Va Medical Center At Lake Nona – Community Living Center
  • Orlando Va Medical Center- Community Living Center Dementia Care
  • Rosewood Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Savannah Court Of Maitland
  • Serenades By Sonata – West Orange
  • Sonata West

Palm Beach County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • 1 AAA Assisted Living At Wellington
  • Abbey Delray Health Center
  • Addington Place At Wellington Green
  • Allegro
  • Arbor Oaks At Greenacres
  • Avante At Lake Worth, Inc.
  • Barrington Terrace At Boynton Beach
  • Boulevard Rehabilitation Center
  • Boynton Beach Rehabilitation Center
  • Brighton Gardens Of Boca Raton
  • Brookdale West Boynton Beach
  • The Carlisle Palm Beach
  • Colonial Assisted Living At Boynton Beach
  • Crest haven
  • The Encore At Boca Raton Rehabilitation And Nursing Center, LLC
  • Fountain View
  • The Gardens Court
  • Hamlin Place Of Boynton Beach
  • Heartland Health Care And Rehabilitation Center Of Boca Raton
  • Heartland Health Care Center – Boynton Beach
  • Manorcare Health Services
  • Manorcare Health Services – Boynton Beach
  • Medicana Nursing And Rehab Center
  • Morselife Health System
  • North Lake Care Center
  • Palm Garden Of West Palm Beach
  • Regents Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Rehabilitation Center Of The Palm Beaches
  • Renaissance Health And Rehabilitation
  • Sonata Boca Raton
  • Sonata Boynton Beach
  • Sonata Delray Beach
  • Stratford Court Of Boca Raton
  • Terraces Of Lake Worth Care Center
  • The Meridian At Boca Raton
  • Vi At Lakeside Village
  • Wood Lake Health And Rehabilitation Center

Pinellas County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Bay Tree Center
  • Belleair Health Care Center
  • Consulate Health Care Of Safety Harbor
  • Consulate Health Care Of St. Petersburg
  • Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services
  • Heron House Of Largo
  • Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center
  • The Inn At Lake Seminole Square
  • Lakeside Oaks Care Center
  • Manorcare Health Services Dunedin
  • Masonic Home Of Florida
  • Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center
  • Palm Garden Of Clearwater
  • Palm Garden Of Largo
  • Pinellas Point Nursing And Rehab Center
  • Regal Palms
  • Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation & Nursing Services
  • South Heritage Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • St Mark Assisted Living Center
  • Mark Village
  • Tierra Pines Center

Polk County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Consulate Health Care Of Lakeland
  • Highlands Lake Center
  • Lakeland Hills Center
  • Merrill Gardens At Champions Gate
  • Palm Garden Of Winter Haven

Sarasota County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • A Banyan Residence
  • Bay Breeze Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Beneva Lakes Healthcare And Rehabilitation Center
  • Brookdale Deer Creek Sarasota
  • Consulate Health Care Of Sarasota
  • Glenridge On Palmer Ranch Inc.
  • Magnolia Acres
  • Magnolia Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Pines Of Sarasota
  • Sarasota Point Rehabilitation Center
  • Springs At Lake Pointe Woods

Seminole County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Brookdale Lake Orienta
  • Consulate Health Care At West Altamonte
  • Faith House Assisted Living Facility
  • Serenades By Sonata

St. Lucie County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Emerald Health Care Center
  • Lawnwood Physical Rehabilitation Center
  • The Broadmoor Alf
  • Watercrest Of St Lucie West Assisted Living And Memory Care

Volusia County Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Avante At Ormond Beach, Inc
  • Coquina Center
  • Debary Health And Rehabilitation Center
  • Deltona Health Care
  • Grand Villa Of Ormond Beach
  • Majestic Oaks

 More Florida Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Patients

  • Macclenny Nursing And Rehab Center, Baker County
  • W Frank Wells Nursing Home, Baker County
  • Riverwood Health & Rehabilitation Center, Bradford County
  • Windsor Health And Rehabilitation Center, Bradford County
  • Crown Court, Citrus County
  • Arcadia Oaks Assisted Living, Desoto County
  • Desoto Health And Rehab, Desoto County
  • Magnolia House, Gadsden County
  • Clewiston Nursing & Rehabilitation, Hendry County
  • Oakbrook Health And Rehabilitation Center, Hendry County
  • The Palms Of Sebring, Highlands County
  • Harborchase Of Vero Beach, Indian River County
  • Cross Landings Health And Rehabilitation Center, Jefferson County
  • Advent health Care Center Waterman, Lake County
  • Lake Eustis Health And Rehabilitation, Center Lake County
  • The Cove At Tavares Village, Lake County
  • Tallahassee Developmental Center, Leon County
  • Williston Care Center, Levy County
  • Lake Park Of Madison Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, Madison County
  • Pacifica Senior Living Ocala, Marion County
  • Palm Garden Of Ocala, Marion County
  • Brookdale Stuart, Martin County
  • Grand Oaks Of Palm City LLC, Martin County
  • Salerno Bay Health And Rehabilitation Center, Martin County
  • The Terrace At Hobe Sound, Martin County
  • Life Care Center Of Hilliard, Nassau County
  • Fort Walton Rehabilitation Center, LLC Okaloosa County
  • Sonata Hunter’s Creek, Osceola County
  • The Terrace Of Kissimmee, Osceola County
  • The Terrace Of St Cloud, Osceola County
  • Grand Villa Of New Port Richey, Pasco County
  • Royal Oak Nursing Center, Pasco County
  • Vintage Care Senior Housing, Putnam County
  • Arbors Of Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa County
  • Starling At Nocatee, St. Johns County
  • Buffalo Crossing Assisted Living, Sumter County
  • Osprey Point Nursing Center, Sumter County
  • Serenades In The Villages, Sumter County
  • Suwannee Health And Rehabilitation Center, Suwannee County
  • Chautauqua Rehabilitation And Nursing Center, Walton County

Sources:

miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article242122496.html

floridahealthcovid19.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LTCF-List-041920.pdf

miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article242063921.html

yourfloridatrialteam.com/watch-for-the-key-signs-of-nursing-home-abuse/

floridadisaster.org/globalassets/executive-orders/covid-19/dem-order-no-20-002-in-re-covid-19-public-health-emergency-issued-03-11-2020.pdf

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