List of Troubled Kansas City Nursing Homes
As a Kansas City nursing abuse law firm, we are always following news and trends in the industry to help protect our clients and their families. A recent article in the Kansas City Star contained information about several Kansas City area nursing homes that merits attention.
The Star reported the recent public release of a list of troubled nursing homes. These are homes that are drawing extra scrutiny from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for persistently poor health inspections. Eight of these nursing homes are located in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The list was released last week by the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging. It includes more than 400 facilities throughout the U.S. Several nursing homes on the list had already been publicly identified as “Special Focus Facilities,” a designation reserved for homes that are at risk of losing their Medicare certification. However, the new list includes a number of other homes that are still being considered for that designation. Those names had not been previously released.
In total, 11 of these troubled nursing home facilities are located in Kansas, and 17 are located in Missouri. Eight of these are in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The eight Kansas City homes that were identified are as follows:
- Indian Creek Health Care Center, Overland Park
- Serenity Care and Rehab (which has been renamed the Overland Park Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing), Overland Park
- Pinnacle Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Olathe
- Kansas City Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Kansas City
- Garden Valley Healthcare Center, Kansas City
- Maple Wood Healthcare Center, Kansas City
- Edgewood Manor, Raytown
- Redwood of Raymore, Raymore
- Hidden Lake Care Center, Raytown
Previously, the only area nursing homes included listed publicly as facing heightened regulatory oversight were Hidden Lake Care Center and Serenity Care and Rehab, which have been on the Special Focus Facilities list. The Star notes that Hidden Lake has been on this list for 25 months, which is longer than almost any other facility in the country.
How to Choose a Kansas City Nursing Home
The selection of a nursing home is an important and difficult decision. Some tips to consider include:
- Research and think about what services are important to you and your loved one.
- Talk with your doctor, friends, relatives, social workers and other people you trust to get recommendations
- Contact each potential home and get details about occupancy, services, staffing, costs and wait lists.
- Visit and meet with the director and the nursing director. Take a copy of the Nursing Home Checklist offered by Medicare to get an idea of what to look for on your visit.
- Ask questions and observe the staff, residents and facility. Don’t be afraid to visit again at a different time.
Once you select a home, you need to read the contract carefully and ask the director about any terms or conditions that you do not understand. If necessary, have a friend or family member read over the contract before you sign it.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a guide that provides more information in detail on this important decision. Most important, you should not rush this decision. Do your research so you can make the best decision possible for your loved one.
When to Hire a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you suspect that your loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, you should take action promptly so the situation can be investigated. Trust your instincts and don't ignore the warning signs. Time is critical to get as much information as possible and to preserve any evidence of abuse or neglect. You should contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer for a free consultation. An experienced attorney can help you navigate what to do next and how to make sure your loved one is protected and ensure that others are not harmed in the future.
Contact Our Kansas City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you or your family is in this situation, contact our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys. We'll help determine the abuse or neglect that has occurred, and what legal steps you may want to consider to protect your rights. Our Kansas City nursing abuse lawyer offers a free consultation. Strict deadlines apply to nursing home abuse cases in Kansas and Missouri. Call us today at 816-203-0143, we're here to help.