Colony Healthcare Center

by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law

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On April 30, 2020, it was reported that more than two-thirds of the residents at Colony Healthcare Center in Tallmadge have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the home’s 75 residents, 52 are positive. In addition, seven of Colony Healthcare Center’s 75 staff members have COVID-19. Upon seeing an increase of cases, the nursing home enacted whole-house testing of their residents. Colony Healthcare Center also isolated sick residents, walled-off units with double plastic barriers, isolated their heating and ventilating system, created a negative pressure environment in every room and established decontamination areas. To prevent cross-contamination, designated staff work exclusively in the isolation units; even laundry is kept separate from the rest of the facility. Additionally, Colony Healthcare Center stopped family visitation on March 10, 2020 to prevent COVID-19 from coming in. 

As Colony Healthcare Center residents and staff work to recover, we would like to send our best wishes to everyone affected by the virus.

Nursing Home Liability 

We applaud Colony Healthcare Center for the efforts they have taken to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Hopefully, the actions they are taking will keep both residents and staff safe. However, while Colony Healthcare Center appears to have taken decisive action to protect its residents, 75% of its residents still contracted the virus. Putting procedure in place well-after an outbreak has begun may be too late for a lot of residents. Well before a pandemic occurs, a nursing home’s Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program is supposed to identify problems and trends, as well as track and monitor the effectiveness of the home’s Infection Control Program. A homes Infection Control Program is supposed to investigate, control and prevent infection in the nursing home. Organizing and implementing infection control procedures after an outbreak occurs is unacceptable and could be negligence if your loved one contracts COVID-19. If your loved one has become infected by COVID-19, and the nursing home they reside at was unprepared, you should always speak with a COVID-19 attorney in your time of need.     
The COVID-19 attorneys at Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A. are currently interviewing families who lost residents of nursing homes with COVID-19 now. We are experienced in litigating wrongful death and personal injury cases and will be by your side as you grieve while we assist you in compensating you for your loss. Please contact Attorney Colin G. Meeker at (330) 603-7173 for help understanding your legal options.

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Disclaimer: At Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A., we are always looking to improve the quality and safety of our state and have been saddened by the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic across Ohio. We hope to inform those in our community about the outbreak in the hopes that those who are responsible for taking care of our elders will work to avoid unnecessary loss of life in the future. These posts are not to be taken as a solicitation for business. The information within should never be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We hope that all involved in the Coronavirus epidemic will receive a speedy recovery.

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