The attorney general of New Mexico has recently filed a lawsuit against Preferred Care Partners Management Group, one of the largest nursing home chains in the country, claiming the chain has been providing inadequate care to their residents. Preferred Care Partners Management Group runs nursing homes in at least 10 states, including Colorado.
According to the nursing home negligence lawsuit, the homes run by Preferred Care Partners Management Group are understaffed, making it impossible to provide quality care. Some of the negligent actions the nursing home chain is being accused of include:
- Residents were frequently left in soiled diapers for extended periods of time and beds were soaked with urine because previous shifts didn’t have proper staffing to complete their rounds
- Residents were left on toilets or bed pans for extended periods of time
- Residents suffered slip and fall accidents on a regular basis because their calls for help went unanswered by staff
The lawsuit also highlights one instance of wrongful death. One resident’s care plan stated he needed to be fed pureed food. This resident choked to death after eating a hamburger without the supervision of nursing home staff.
These nursing homes have generated more than $236 million in revenue since 2008, and approximately 80% of this total was covered by Medicare and Medicaid. In building his case, the New Mexico attorney general calculated the amount of time it takes to provide basic care tasks to residents using a complex industrial simulation. Based on these calculations, the attorney general determined that staffing was almost 50% lower than it needed to be in order to provide all residents with the care they deserve. While this understaffing boosted profits, it created a situation where residents weren’t receiving the care they deserved.
When you place your loved one in the care of a nursing home, you are trusting the facility to provide the high quality care your loved one deserves. When a nursing home fails to fulfill this obligation, you may be able to hold them accountable in a nursing home negligence claim.
The Tenge Law Firm has been fighting for the rights of nursing home residents in the Denver area for more than 20 years. If your loved one is in a facility run by Preferred Care Partners Management Group and has been receiving substandard care, Mr. Tenge can help.
Please contact the Tenge Law Firm using the form at the top of the page or call 303-566-4068 today to schedule your free nursing home negligence consultation. Mr. Tenge serves clients from his offices in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, Colorado.