It has been found that the nursing home in which overheating may have led to eight residents dying and the mass evacuation of more than 100 others has a checkered history of failing safety inspections. This includes recurrent issues with its generator and alleged complaints of mold.
At approximately 6 in the morning of Wednesday, September 13, 2017, officers from the local police department responded to Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. According to a police report, while at the facility, it was found that 3 residents had died and others were in “varying degrees of medical distress.” Five others have subsequently died and at least 12 other patients have been receiving treatment at the Memorial Regional Hospital.
Unbearable Heat and Unsafe Living Conditions
Investigators have said they believe the sweltering heat left in the wake of Hurricane Irma significantly contributed to the deaths. There is a generator at the facility; however, it is not clear whether or not it was operational. It has been noted by Hollywood Police Chief, Tomas Sanchez, that the second floor of the institution was extremely hot.
The facility has, in recent years, been cited two times for violating federal requirements regarding its backup power competences. In both cases, it was stated by nursing home administrators that the problems would be rectified. A criminal investigation has been opened by local authorities into the deaths of the residents who were staying at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.
In both cases, it was stated by nursing home administrators that the problems would be rectified.
A look at the past inspection records of this nursing home has revealed a definite case where there is proof that problems were not addressed in a timely or adequate manner. The potential negligence is symptomatic of a broader problem.
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As a result of weak regulations, many nursing homes across the country are accidents waiting to happen. If you entrusted an assisted living facility, nursing home or residential care facility to take care of a loved one and you suspect abuse, this is not an isolated issue. Sadly, nursing home abuse commonly occurs.
Nursing Home Abuse
There are many forms of abuse and they include neglect and physical assault. Seniors with disabilities or dementia are more susceptible to abuse. Regardless of how it happens, nursing home abuse is illegal and must be stopped.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Below are some of the signs of nursing home abuse:
- Physical Injuries
- Unexplained or Untimely death
- Pressure ulcers or infected bedsores
- Unexpected falls
- Unexplained injuries like sprains, broken bones and head injuries, burns, bruises, abrasions or cuts
- Medication errors or overdoses
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Unclean or unsanitary conditions
- Behavioral or Emotional Changes
- Agitation, fear or withdrawal
- Complaints of poor treatment
- Frequent crying