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November 5th, 2010

Palm Terrace of St. Petersburg, Florida has made it onto a federal list of the worst nursing homes in the country. The for-profit nursing homes must make improvements within the next within 18 to 24 months or it could be fined and stripped of its Medicare and Medicaid privileges.

The state inspection report shows that Palm Terrace was cited for various deficiencies on May 25, May 28, June 29 and Aug. 10 of this year, and three times last year. The nursing home has been labeled a “special focus facility” by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services meaning they will be inspected twice as frequently as other nursing homes.

In June, state inspectors found Palm Terrace failed to promptly resolve grievances against an allegedly abusive resident and did not take necessary measures to prevent resident-to-resident physical and psychological threat. The nursing home was also required to file an immediate federal report but failed to do so.

In August, the home was cited again for failing to implement necessary safety precautions when treating a resident who was at risk for falls due to dementia.

State inspectors revisited Palm Terrace regarding the June and August citations and found that the deficiencies causing nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect were corrected. Palm Terrace will be removed from the worst nursing homes list if it makes improvements that are continued over time.

Another St. Petersburg nursing home, Bon Secours Maria Manor, also made its way onto the worst nursing homes list but was recently taken off after making necessary improvements.


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