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Largo nursing home placed on list of nation's worst

A Largo nursing home has been placed on a federal list of problem nursing homes over concerns including failure to supervise patients who smoke, and nonworking call bells in some residents' rooms.

Oak Manor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center has been designated as a "special focus facility" by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Such facilities are found to have more problems and more serious problems than other nursing homes.

The 180-bed facility, at 3500 Oak Manor Lane, was cited in its most recent inspection in July for problems related to patient smoking and call bells, among other issues. It found that nursing home staffers did not ensure that residents smoked only in designated areas, and that the staff did not properly store smoking materials, putting all residents at risk of fire-related accidents.

The home also was cited for various deficiencies on three other occasions dating to January 2009.

As a special focus facility, Oak Manor will be inspected twice as frequently as other homes, about two times a year, and can come off the list if it improves. Failure to comply could mean loss of its Medicare and Medicaid privileges.

Brad Graham, the nursing home's administrator, said the home has requested and been granted a formal administrative hearing to challenge the July inspection results.

"We did not agree with the findings," said Graham, though he declined to go into detail.

Oak Manor is one of six Florida nursing homes on the federal list, and one of two in the Tampa Bay area. Palm Terrace in St. Petersburg was added to the list late last year. The other homes are in Tallahassee, Port Charlotte, Jacksonville and South Daytona.

Two other Tampa Bay area homes, Bon Secours Maria Manor in St. Petersburg and Heather Hill in New Port Richey, were taken off the list last year after making needed improvements.

Richard Martin can be reached at rmartin@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8330.

Largo nursing home placed on list of nation's worst 01/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:48pm]
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