Nursing Home COVID-19 Review: Altercare of Alliance

by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law

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(Alliance, OH) – So Ohioans can become more informed about nursing homes and COVID-19, we are reviewing data collected by the State of Ohio concerning the total number of cases at nursing homes and the overall rating given to the home by Medicare. Today we spotlight Altercare of Alliance, located in Alliance, Ohio. 

According to preliminary data collected by the State of Ohio as of May 6, 2020, Altercare of Alliance nursing home has 44 cumulative resident cases and 24 cumulative staff cases. The total amount of deaths, if any, was not reported. As of May 6, 2020, there were 33 deaths reported among Stark County’s long-term care facilities. According to Altercare of Alliance’s own self-report, as of April 22, 2020, there were 15 COVID-19 deaths at the facility.   

According to Medicare, Altercare of Alliance received an “much above average” overall rating. Medicare assigns this overall rating based on a nursing home’s performance relating to health inspections, staffing, and quality of care. Altercare of Alliance, a for profit company, received an above average health inspection rating, a below average staffing rating, and a much above average quality of resident care rating. During Altercare of Alliance’s last health inspection (10/24/2019), the home was ordered to (1) ensure that it is free from accident hazards, (2) that it provides adequate supervision to prevent accidents, (3) and that it provide and implement an infection prevention and control program.     

As Altercare of Alliance residents continue to fight COVID-19, we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to all residents there for a healthy recovery.

Nursing Home Liability  

Although a nursing home like Altercare of Alliance received a much above average grade from Medicare, their COVID-19 numbers are some of the highest in Ohio. Families who have loved ones at Altercare of Alliance, or any nursing home for that matter, must review the home’s data and inspection results in order to gain a better insight into the home’s safety. Is there a connection between Altercare of Alliance’s COVID-19 numbers and the fact that the home was found to lack a proper infection prevention and control program in October 2019? Families of residents must inquire as to how nursing homes are preventing the transmission of COVID-19 among its residents and staff. If your loved one has become infected by COVID-19 while at a nursing home, and you question the quality of the home’s infection control program, 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 assisting 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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