by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law
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(Akron, 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 Pebble Creek, located in Akron, Ohio.
According to preliminary data collected by the State of Ohio as of May 14, 2020, Pebble Creek nursing home has 66 cumulative resident cases and 14 cumulative staff cases. Ohio data indicates that Pebble Creek has the highest amount of resident cases in Summit County. The total amount of deaths, if any, was not reported. As of May 14, 2020, there were 47 deaths reported among Summit County’s long-term care facilities. Pebble Creek has not self-reported whether its residents have died as a result of COVID-19.
According to Medicare, Pebble Creek 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. Pebble Creek, a for profit corporation, received a much above average health inspection rating, an average staffing rating, and a much above average quality of resident care rating. During Pebble Creek’s last health inspection (2/6/2020), the home received zero citations.
As Pebble Creek residents continue to fight COVID-19, we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to all residents there for a healthy recovery.
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Although a nursing home like Pebble Creek received a much above average grade from Medicare, their COVID-19 numbers are the highest in Summit County. Families who have loved ones at Pebble Creek, or any nursing home for that matter, must not rely on a health inspector’s report as the sole indicator of whether the home is properly dealing with COVID-19. How can Pebble Creek maintain a much above average rating and still have the most COVID-19 cases in Summit County? Families of residents must inquire as to how nursing homes have prepared for and how they responded to the outbreak. If your loved one has become infected by COVID-19 while at a nursing home, and you question the home’s response to learning of a potential outbreak, 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 working with 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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