Local Nursing Home shut down ventilator program, also on state’s “watch” list

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Local Nursing Home shut down ventilator program, also on state’s “watch” list

Recently, Avante at Jacksonville Beach moved patients to Ormond Beach for treatment after deciding to shut down its ventilator care program.   Families of these patients are upset that they will have to drive nearly 90 miles to see their loved ones.   The Families contacted the News4Jax I-Team after being notified in April that their loved ones were going to be moved because the ventilator care program that they use to stay alive was ending.  Both families appealed the notice, but nothing has been done.  Avante’s executive director told the I-TEAM Friday that keeping only two ventilator care patients at the facility isn’t financially feasible because of the amount of care they require.  Avante told the I-TEAM that there are only about 15 ventilator programs in the state and it offered the facilities closest to its patients’ loved ones.

The I-TEAM requested to interview Simmons at the Jacksonville Beach facility, but the corporate office decline the interview. Instead, Simmons told the I-TEAM over the phone that Avante followed all of the procedures appropriately to end the ventilator program.

What is interesting is that the I-Team found that the facility is currently on a watch list by state inspectors, and ranks poorly in overall care, in comparison to other facilities in Jacksonville.  The Agency for Health Care Administration gave Avante at Jacksonville Beach the lower comparative score – one star out of five for quality of care, overall inspection and administration. Only one category received three out of five stars – quality of life for patients. The scores were last updated in May.  The I-TEAM also found that the AHCA has received 27 complaints against the facility since 2013 and has investigated at least 10 concerns.

Avante at Jacksonville Beach is a for-profit nursing home with 165 beds for patients and costs patients on average of $295 a day to live there.

The facility is currently about 76 percent occupied with 126 patients living there, according to state records. It’s currently licensed, but the facility’s license expires at the end of the month.

The US News & World Report substantiate News4Jax I-Team research.  They found that Avante at Jacksonville Beach had an overall 1 star rating for overall quality of care in their annual Nursing Home Guide Issued last October.   The home also received one star for meeting health and safety standards for food preparation and other nursing-home activities in the latest three state inspections.  The publication also noted this nursing home paid two fines in the last three years totaling $26,383. This home was denied Medicare or Medicaid payments by the government on October 2, 2015.

If you or a loved one has been injured or has died as a result of neglect in a nursing home, please contact us at Edwards & Ragatz for a free consultation.  You can contact us at (904)399-1609 or toll free at (800)366-1609.  You may also contact us through our website www.edwardsragatz.com

Source: http://www.news4jax.com/news/investigations/jacksonville-beach-nursing-home-patients-moved-away-from-loved-ones & http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes/area/fl/avante-villa-at-jacksonville-beach-inc-105617

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