When we send our loved ones to an adult care or nursing facility, we expect them to be properly cared for. Good hygiene, attentive staff, medically accepted practices and compassionate treatment are the bare minimum. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Recently, an Ohio-based healthcare firm has come under fire from the United States Justice Department. “The Justice Department has filed a complaint under the False Claims Act against Dublin, Ohio-based American Health Foundation (AHF), its affiliate AHF Management Corp., and three of its nursing homes.”
Nursing home abuse is a serious issue with long-lasting consequences. If you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, read on and call the Law Offices of Tim Misny.
‘Grossly substandard’ nursing home care
The complaint applies to three specific facilities, along with the parent organization: “Samaritan Care Center and Villa, a 56-bed facility in Medina; Cheltenham Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, a 255-bed facility in Philadelphia, Pa.; and The Sanctuary at Wilmington Place, a 63-bed nursing home in Dayton.” Between 2016 and 2018, the facilities failed to maintain adequate staff, did not follow infection-control protocols, failed to create or maintain medical records, housed residents in a pest-infested building, administered unnecessary medications and verbally abused the residents.
The Justice Department filed their complaint under the False Claims Act. The agency claims that the nursing home firm and these three locations made fraudulent claims of appropriate nursing care and safety. Worse, the nursing homes receive taxpayer funds to operate.
What to do when you suspect nursing home abuse
Nursing home abuse can be devastating. Vulnerable residents may not be aware of what’s happening or advocate for themselves. It’s crucial that family and friends visit and call often to keep an eye on what’s happening.
While it’s easy to see dirty facilities and physical signs of abuse, others may not be as obvious. Emotional and psychological abuse are more subtle. Learn what to look for, then get help.
If you notice filthy conditions, a lack of medical records, understaffing or other signs of abuse, it’s wise to call a lawyer. The Law Offices of Tim Misny have extensive experience in standing up for the victims of nursing home abuse. When you call us, we’ll review your claim, explain your legal options and help you determine the best course of action for your elderly relative.
Contact me for help with nursing home abuse
Nursing home abuse is common throughout Ohio, but we can hold the home responsible. When it comes to negligent healthcare providers, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (800) 556-4769 today for more information.