A Casper, Wyoming nursing home with a history of negligent care, cost-centered staffing practices, and hazardous living conditions just settled a lawsuit with a blind resident who was hit by a facility-owned, staff-driven minivan while waiting for a ride. Although the man survived the accident, he now deals with pain and numbness from an incident that could have been prevented by greater supervision and improved employee training.
Between January 2014 and 2016, Poplar Living Center was cited 90 times by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a multitude of violations, some so egregious that they twice lost federal funding. Most of the complaints made by CMS against Poplar Living Center are common themes heard about many nursing facilities: Not enough staff to handle high resident volumes, inadequate staff training, rundown infrastructure, and negligent care.
Money Matters Most
It is worth noting that Poplar Living Center, like many nursing homes, is run by a corporation: Sava Senior Care. According to their website, Sava Senior Care is ‘one of the largest providers of short-term and long-term health care services in the United States.’
What reputable facility would allow an unaccompanied blind resident to wait alone on a curb for a ride? Unfortunately incidents such as these (many with far worse outcomes) are commonplace. The issue that threatens any resident of a corporate-owned nursing home or care facility is that keeping staffing numbers low and reducing the time and expense of training new staff allows for greater profit margins. Poplar Living Center has faced 6 lawsuits in as many years, all alleging negligence or death, proving that allowing private entities to operate nursing homes can allow money to speak louder than safety.
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