KRISTV news of Corpus Christi, Texas reported that a family filed a lawsuit against La Hacienda Nursing Home after their father was not properly cared for after sustaining a knee injury. The family says the facility’s neglect caused the injury to become infected which resulted in the amputation of the leg. The family came to a settlement with the nursing home outside of court, but it seems that the facility’s issues do not end there.
Recent research on the nursing home determined that the Department of Aging and Disability Services filed a claim on the nursing home in recent months that lists several state violations. It states that in the most recent inspection of the facility, the nursing home exceeded the allowable medication errors, which is five percent. The facility was also sited for not getting food from approved places and failed to store, prepare, and administer food in a safe and sanitary way. Lastly and most relevant to the recent settlement, the facility was sited for not having a program to keep infections from spreading. Perhaps that is why their father lost his leg.
Overall, this report scored the facility as a 50 out of 100 which is extremely low considering the average nursing homes that accept Medicaid and Medicare score an average of 66 out of 100. The nursing homes administrator, James Baker, defended the facility claiming that many of the violations were “minor” and had all been addressed with the exception of one. When asked about the low scores he claimed, “We work on that rating year long. We try and improve it everyday.” Obviously his facility’s efforts are not doing enough.