Princeton Place has been flagged by Medicare as a Special Focus Facility that may lose its privilege to participate in Medicare and Medicaid due to its history of poor care quality. This facility has also been cited for abuse. Levin & Perconti can help victims of Princeton Place nursing home abuse hold the facility accountable.
Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable members of society who have a right to live in a safe, homelike environment free of abuse. Unfortunately, Princeton Place has historically deprived residents of this type of environment.
A civil lawsuit against Princeton Place for nursing home abuse can allow your loved one to receive compensation for the harm the facility caused and help provide the means to seek higher-quality care.
If your loved one has been fatally injured as a result of Princeton Place nursing home abuse or neglect, a lawsuit can bring about a sense of justice and provide financial relief for your family.
The Albuquerque nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti help families hold nursing homes like Princeton Place accountable for the physical, mental, and financial harm they cause.
About Princeton Place
Princeton Place is a 369-bed for-profit skilled nursing facility owned by WW Healthcare LLC. It is located at the following address:
500 Louisiana Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: (505) 255-1717
This facility provides the following types of care:
- Inpatient nursing and rehabilitative services
- Long-term care
- Dialysis support
- Outpatient therapy
- Respite care
- Palliative care
Princeton Place Ratings
According to Nursing Home Database, Princeton Place ranks 19th out of 21 skilled nursing homes within a 25-mile radius and 18th out of 19 within a 10-mile radius. It has a Google review rating of 2.5 out of five stars.
Medicare has removed its rating for Princeton Place due to this facility’s designation as a Special Focus Facility. This means Princeton Place has a history of severe quality issues and is facing more frequent inspections and possible termination from Medicare and Medicaid.
Medicare.gov has also added the red hand icon to Princeton Place’s profile to denote that this facility has been cited for abuse. Eleven lawsuits have been filed against Princeton Place.
Safety Concerns at Princeton Place
The severe issues with the quality of care discovered by Medicare indicate that patients at Princeton are at higher risk for abuse, neglect, accidents, and medical malpractice.
Short-Stay Resident Concerns
Short-stay residents at Princeton Place are more likely to end up in the emergency room than the national and state averages. Approximately 19.2 percent of short-stay residents are admitted to emergency departments. This is markedly higher than the national average of 11.2 percent and the state average of 16.2 percent.
Short-stay residents at Princeton Place are significantly more likely than patients in other nursing homes to be placed on antipsychotic drugs. These drugs should only be prescribed to patients with specific issues, but nursing homes often use them to sedate patients viewed by staff as difficult. Antipsychotic drugs are essentially chemical restraints.
As many as 4.5 percent of patients at Princeton Place are prescribed antipsychotic drugs, which is more than double the state and national averages of 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively.
Short-stay patients also reported lower-than-average improvements in their mobility and ability to care for themselves.
Long-Stay Resident Concerns
Long-stay residents of Princeton Place experience more hospitalizations and emergency room visits than patients at other nursing homes. They also lose their independence faster than in the average facility and are more likely to lose excess weight.
They are almost twice as likely to receive antipsychotic medications, with 28.4 percent of patients receiving these medications. The national average is 14.5 percent, and the state average is 16.8 percent.
Substandard care is a longstanding problem at this facility, which has had 63 health inspections since 2004. Health inspections for compliant facilities generally occur once annually. This large number of inspections demonstrates Princeton Place’s longstanding pattern of poor performance.
Lack of supervision has historically been a problem at Princeton Place. The Albuquerque Journal reported that a resident wandered outside and was struck by a vehicle, resulting in the death of the resident. This occurred in 2016.
Health Violations at Princeton Place
Princeton Place has had 58 deficiencies, including four infection-control deficiencies. The facility has been fined $140,000 in the last three years. It has received 14 complaints with five resulting citations. The most recent inspection on July 7, 2022, resulted in 21 deficiencies, including an infection control deficiency.
Freedom from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Deficiencies
Medicare cited Princeton Place for failing to provide supervision to a nurse with prior abusive history. The nursing home also failed to report an allegation of abuse of a resident by another resident to the proper authorities.
Quality of Life and Care Deficiencies
Medicare found that the nursing home failed to provide the following basic necessities to residents:
- Sufficient water, even when patients repeatedly requested it
- Care and assistance to perform activities of daily living for any resident who is unable, including the emptying of a patient’s urinal
- Appropriate treatment and care according to physician’s orders and resident’s preferences and goals
- Freedom from accident hazards, including leaving a patient’s bed raised too high when the patient was a known fall risk
- Safe and appropriate respiratory care
- Safe, appropriate dialysis care
Resident Rights Deficiencies
The inspection uncovered several violations of residents’ rights to privacy, dignity, and comfort.
- Failure to honor a resident’s right to a dignified existence when a CNA transported a patient with his buttocks publicly exposed and his leg dragging on the ground
- Failure to maintain privacy and confidentiality of patient records
- Failure to reasonably accommodate the needs of residents by keeping their call lights out of their reach
- Failure to provide a comfortable and homelike environment by ignoring a resident’s complaints that her room was kept unreasonably cold when her thermostat was set to 65 degrees
Pharmacy Service Deficiencies
Medicare noted the following pharmacy service deficiencies in the most recent report:
- Failure to properly label drugs and biologicals
- Allowing patients to receive unnecessary drugs
Infection Control Deficiencies
Medicare found that Princeton Place failed to establish an infection control program or perform COVID-19 testing on residents and staff in accordance with guidelines. This indicates the facility might needlessly expose residents to infection.
What to Do if You Suspect Abuse at Princeton Place
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse at Princeton Place, you should take action to help stop the abuse and hold Princeton Place accountable. If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911.
A long-term care ombudsman provides patient advocacy services and can assist you with filing an abuse report. You can reach the New Mexico long-term care ombudsman by calling (866) 451-2901.
Alternatively, you can call the Health Facility Complaints Hotline at (800) 752-8649. The nursing home will be required to investigate and report to the Division of Health Improvement within five days of the incident. However, you may not be able to count on the nursing home to provide an impartial and complete investigation.
For this reason, it is also important to contact a nursing home abuse attorney if you believe your loved one has been abused at Princeton Place.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Levin & Perconti Are Ready to Help
When your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you need an advocate who understands nursing home abuse law and has the resources and experience to make a successful stand against Princeton Place.
Our law firm was established in 1992, and our attorneys have more than 200 years of combined experience serving as the voice of vulnerable nursing home residents who often cannot advocate for themselves.
Our successful case results for nursing home abuse survivors are a testament to our commitment to stand by our deserving clients:
- $4.1 million record-breaking verdict on behalf of an 85-year-old woman injured as a result of medication mismanagement
- $2.8 million settlement for a 59-year-old nursing home resident who developed bedsores that took four years to heal
- $1.5 million settlement for the family of a nursing home resident who died from burns due to inadequate supervision by nursing home staff while the resident smoked
If your loved one has been harmed by nursing home abuse or neglect at Princeton Place, contact the Albuquerque nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti today for a free consultation.