Nursing Home Under Fire After Failing to Adequately Care for Residents
Filomena Rosante, an 83-year-old woman, was suffering from lung cancer. Her around-the-clock medical needs led her son, James, to make the difficult decision to move her to an elder-care facility. On October 16, Filomena was scheduled to be moved, but the facility was having difficulty accessing the appropriate machines needed to help her breathe. To accommodate her needs, she was instead moved to the Island Health and Rehabilitation Clinic.
Investigation Launched after Nursing Home Patient Passes Away
Three days after being at the Island Health and Rehabilitation, Filomena was rushed away in an ambulance. She passed away a short time later. According to initial reports, Filomena suffered a nasty fall and was not appropriately cared for. Her son arrived at the facility not too long after the fall. Filomena told her son that she had fallen. She also described suffering from chest pains and having difficulty breathing. James urged the facility’s employees to properly care for Filomena, but eventually began insisting that they call 911. Investigators learned that it took the facility’s employees nearly an hour to call for help for Filomena. As a result, a widespread investigation into the facility has been launched by news media outlets
History of Island Health and Rehabilitation Violations
This particular facility is owned by Maitland-based Consulate Health Care. Back in January of this year, the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration was investigating at least two of their locations for supposedly not caring for their patients appropriately. The Island Health and Rehabilitation Clinic received an unacceptable one-star rating out of a five-star scale. After uncovering some disturbing evidence of neglect, the AHCA threatened to permanently shut down the location. At least 58 other facilities owned by Consulate were also being threatened with a shutdown. Eventually, a settlement was reached between the AHCA and Consulate Health Care. The facility remained open.
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