Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, is under scrutiny from families who claim they have been left in the dark regarding the health status of their loved ones. Source.
Ever since nursing homes in Florida closed their doors to visitors on March 14, Michael Casbar has called Apollo Health two to three times a week to talk with his 88-year-old mother, who is a resident at the nursing home. On June 22, Casbar’s mother informed him during their 2:00 pm phone call that she had tested positive for Coronavirus. Despite getting her test results back at 7:00 am, the facility never called to inform Casbar.
This is not the first time the facility failed to report to a family that their loved one had tested positive for Coronavirus. In fact, at least three families have reported that while Coronavirus spread through Apollo Heath, the staff repeatedly failed to keep them informed about the health of their loved ones. At least 50 residents and 12 staff members have tested positive for the virus, and of those infected, at least five have died.
The facility has also been under watch after an inspection on May 15 found that employees failed to wash their hands and wear the required personal protective equipment, among other things.
Nursing home residents are one of the most at-risk groups during this Coronavirus pandemic, and it is unsettling that it appears many nursing homes are not taking the proper care to protect their residents. With guidelines for nursing homes made available by the CDC, it comes as a shock that so many nursing homes are not properly caring for their residents during this time.
If your loved one is currently in a Florida nursing home and not being properly cared for, the personal injury attorneys at Beltz & Beltz can help. Our attorneys represent the victims of nursing home abuse and will represent the injured anywhere in the state of Florida. Contact Beltz & Beltz today.
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