Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch is a for-profit 150-bed assisted living facility. This ALF is located at 5424 Lena Road, Bradenton, Florida 34211 in the Lakewood Ranch area. This is an assisted living facility that holds itself out to the public as providing memory care. A number of complaints were made against this ALF during 2019.
Staffing sufficiency is key to resident safety and well-being
Almost every issue, concern or problem that may arise in an assisted living facility is tied to staffing. If sufficient numbers of personnel are not employed to meet the needs of the residents, or its staff members are not adequately trained, bad things become predictable. During 2019, Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch was cited for a staffing-related issue.
Complaint related to staffing was substantiated as a violation of law
Officials with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration concluded a complaint investigation on December 6, 2019 and, at that time, determined that the assisted living facility had failed to meet requirements related to staffing sufficiency at its Lakewood Ranch ALF.
(3) STAFFING STANDARDS. (a) Minimum staffing: 1. Facilities must maintain the following minimum staff hours per week: Number of Residents, Day Care Participants, and Respite Care Residents Staff Hours/Week 0-5 168 6-15 212 16-25 253 26-35 294 36-45 335 46-55 375 56-65 416 66-75 457 76-85 498 86-95 539 For every 20 total combined residents, day care participants, and respite care residents over 95 add 42 staff hours per week. 2. Independent living residents, as referenced in subsection 59A-36.015(3), F.A.C., who occupy beds included within the licensed capacity of an assisted living facility but do not receive personal, limited nursing, or extended congregate care services, are not counted as residents for purposes of computing minimum staff hours. 3. At least one staff member who has access to facility and resident records in case of an emergency must be in the facility at all times when residents are in the facility. Residents serving as paid or volunteer staff may not be left solely in charge of other residents while the facility administrator, manager or other staff are absent from the facility. 4. In facilities with 17 or more residents, there must be at least one staff member awake at all hours of the day and night. 5. A staff member who has completed courses in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and holds a currently valid card documenting completion of such courses must be in the facility at all times. a. Documentation of attendance at First Aid or CPR courses pursuant to subsection 59A-36.011(5), F.A.C., satisfies this requirement. b. A nurse is considered as having met the course requirements for First Aid. An emergency medical technician or paramedic currently certified under chapter 401, part III, F.S., is considered as having met the course requirements for both First Aid and CPR. 6. During periods of temporary absence of the administrator or manager of more than 48 hours when residents are on the premises, a staff member who is at least 21 years of age must be physically present and designated in writing to be in charge of the facility. No staff member shall be in charge of a facility for a consecutive period of 21 days or more, or for a total of 60 days within a calendar year, without being an administrator or manager. 7. Staff whose duties are exclusively building or grounds maintenance, clerical, or food preparation do not count towards meeting the minimum staffing hours requirement. 8. The administrator or manager’s time may be counted for the purpose of meeting the required staffing hours, provided the administrator or manager is actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the facility, including making decisions and providing supervision for all aspects of resident care, and is listed on the facility’s staffing schedule. 9. Only on-the-job staff may be counted in meeting the minimum staffing hours. Vacant positions or absent staff may not be counted. (b) Notwithstanding the minimum staffing requirements specified in paragraph (a), all facilities, including those composed of apartments, must have enough qualified staff to provide resident supervision, and to provide or arrange for resident services in accordance with the residents’ scheduled and unscheduled service needs, resident contracts, and resident care standards as described in rule 59A-36.007, F.A.C. (c) The facility must maintain a written work schedule that reflects its 24-hour staffing pattern for a given time period. Upon request, the facility must make the daily work schedules of direct care staff available to residents or their representatives. (d) The facility must provide staff immediately when the agency determines that the requirements of paragraph (a) are not met. The facility must immediately increase staff above the minimum levels established in paragraph (a), if the agency determines that adequate supervision and care are not being provided to residents, resident care
The complete survey results may be accessed and viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/v3d7zjj
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