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Florida Assisted-Living Facility Closed By State

A Florida assisted-living facility was shut down after regulators found an elderly woman tied to a wheelchair.

San Martin de Porras ALF, located at 1840 NW 15th St, was also ordered to pay $20,000 in fines. The license revocation comes after regulators arrived at the home in February of 2012, and found an elderly woman struggling to get up after being tied down to a wheelchair and forced to sit on a pressure sore.

The resident, whose identity was not released, was in imminent danger, according to a nurse who testified at the trial. It was also discovered that the woman should not have been allowed in the ALF in the first place, as she was suffering from seizures, diabetes and psychosis, and needed to be in a skilled nursing home.

The ALF has 30 days to complete the closure, and it also forbids the home from accepting any new residents.

The facility was also cited in the past for inadequate staff, for allowing staff to sleep in the closet of a room shared by two residents, sloppy record keeping, failing to help residents take their medications and failing to allow a resident access to his own clothes.

The home’s administrator testified that in 12 years of managing the home he had never had a problem before and admitted that he had made a mistake when it came to the woman in question.

As our population ages, nursing home neglect and abuse is becoming a serious problem in Florida. As a society, we should not tolerate mistreatment of the elderly in facilities that are designed to care for them.

At Freidin Brown, P.A., we have been winning major awards and settlements for nursing home negligence victims throughout Florida. Here are some examples:

  • $930,000 for the family of a victim of nursing home neglect at the Franco Nursing Home.
  • $725,000 for a paraplegic man who developed severe bedsores at a nursing home.

If you or your parent has experienced bed sores, fractures, fall injuries, malnutrition, dehydration, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect in a nursing home facility, call the personal injury lawyers at the Florida-Dade law firm of Freidin Brown, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation for all victims for nursing home neglect or abuse.

For more information, contact us at 305-371-3666.

Source: The Florida Herald, “State closes assisted-living facility,” June 17, 2013

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