By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - A patient at a troubled Idaho nursing home has filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment.

Jerry Carr has filed a lawsuit against Holly Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Nampa and its Tennessee-based owner, Orianna Health Systems, The Idaho Statesman reported (https://bit.ly/2kIhaVY ). The lawsuit, filed last week, seeks more than $100,000 in damages.

According to the lawsuit, Carr claims Holly Lane didn’t do enough to prevent him from falling in February 2015, among other allegations of mistreatment.

Carr was living at Holly Lane when he fell and was badly injured enough to require hospitalization nd surgery. He returned to Holly Lane from the hospital two months later.

He also claims the nursing home did not dress him appropriately, did not shower him and did not change his clothes when he soiled them. They did not ensure he could use his call light. They did not provide his pain medication as provided and they allowed him to contract urinary tract infections, among other issues.



Holly Lane’s administrator, Charles Williams, said in an email that the company does not agree with allegations made in the lawsuit.

“(We) do not agree with the allegations made in the complaint and intend to vigorously defend this case,” he said.

Previously Holly Lane was ordered by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to pay a $2.46 million fine after inspectors determined patients were subjected to neglect and mistreatment. Carr’s incident was flagged by investigators as a case of mistreatment.

Holly Lane management has changed since the inspection, and the institution regained its ability to take new patients in late December, after passing a second follow-up inspection.

Jeff Carr spoke to the Statesman on behalf of his father, who has dementia and other illnesses. He said since he learned about the inspection, he has been extra diligent about his father’s care and his father is doing better now.

“He’s getting the care he should have been getting since the day he was in there,” Carr said.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, https://www.idahostatesman.com

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