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Florida Health Officials Make Surprise Visit to Problematic Nursing Home

State officials were on site today, visiting a Miami Gardens nursing home that is currently under investigation over its treatment of “medically fragile children” in its care. These fragile children, who are in the care of the State of Florida, have been living at Golden Glades Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, which is a nursing home that was fined heavily by the federal government after a 14- year old Tampa girl was taken there against her mother’s wishes and died less than 12 hours after arrival. The Department of Children & Families oversees these children in the home.

David Wilkins, DCF Secretary, was at the nursing home after Florida’s privately run foster care agency in Miami, Our Kids, removed two of the five children from the care of the nursing home. One of the children was immediately sent to a Broward medical center. After DCF leaders filed a complaint, the state Agency for Health Care Administration opened a formal investigation of the nursing home. No safety concerns were immediately found, but child-welfare officials still have serious concerns about the home.

During Wilkins’s visit, a nurse overseeing the dependent children in the nursing home noted that detailed care-giving instructions for these children were ignored. Also, one of the home’s doctors abruptly resigned last week. The home’s pediatrician is supposed to see the children on a daily, if not weekly basis, but had not seen most of the children in weeks. These failures are what prompted DCF and Our Kids to remove children from the home and send them back to their parents or other medical foster homes, but two children will remain indefinitely because they cannot be physically moved.

DCF chief inspects Miami Gardens nursing home where girl died, December 19, 2012.

Putting an adult loved one in a nursing home is an emotionally difficult decision, but sending your child away to a home can be a traumatic decision. When placing your loved one in a nursing home, you are entrusting their life with the staff. You expect your loved one will get all of the care and attention they need. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are either inadequately staffed or operating with unqualified staff. If your loved one has died as a result of nursing home negligence or abuse, call the child injury attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona immediately. Jonathan R. Friedland and Michael J. Carmona are expert nursing home abuse attorneys who also specialize in wrongful death cases. The Friedland | Carmona is dedicated to helping you and your loved one recover the compensation you deserve!

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