September 30, 2011
Kentucky nursing home Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation faces losing its certification and could possibly close following episodes of nursing home abuse which landed them on the Special Focus Facilities list and a national list of troubled facilities.
Fountain Circle, which has high employee turnover and has had four different administrators in the past four years, has been cited several times in the past year. The most serious incident was when a mentally impaired resident was found rolling down the highway in a wheelchair after workers left the resident outside alone.
The nursing home must receive two good surveys over the next year to be removed from the troubled facilities list, and must get one good survey by December 31 to stay out of danger of losing its certification.
The troubled facilities list was started by the federal government to monitor and improve nursing homes in order to prevent closures. When nursing homes are forced to close it creates the problem of finding new facilities for the displaced residents.
Family members of nursing home residents are encouraged to check in on their loved ones frequently and to notify authorities and contact nursing home abuse lawyer if they suspect abuse or neglect.