Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation

Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation has a history of significant health violations and complaints. If your loved one has experienced neglect or nursing home abuse at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation, Levin & Perconti can help.

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Nursing home abuse and neglect violate the standard of care and constitute medical malpractice. Even one instance of nursing home abuse is inexcusable. 

If you have made the devastating discovery that your loved one has been mistreated at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation, a nursing home abuse lawyer in Albuquerque can help you hold the facility accountable and get justice for your loved one.

About Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation

Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation is an 85-bed facility located at the following address: 

8820 Horizon Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113 
Phone: (505) 998-1551 

Ownership information is unavailable for Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation because the facility changed ownership in 2022. The facility offers the following services:  

  • Short-term rehabilitation services
  • Amputation care
  • Long-term care 

It has an overall rating of two stars by Medicare, which is below average and is rated 2.7 stars by Google reviews.

History of Nursing Home Abuse at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation

This facility is not flagged for abuse by Medicare, but recent health violations show a history of neglect that raises concerns that unreported abuse may occur.  

During an inspection that occurred November 12, 2021, investigators found the following examples of nursing home neglect at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation when staff failed to do the following:

  1. Timely report an unwitnessed fall resulting in injury to the New Mexico Department of Health as required by law 
  2. Devise a plan of care for a patient who refused to eat the facility food after he found a bug in it, resulting in the patient only eating when his daughter brought meals to him  
  3. Ensure that patients received regular showers or bed baths in accordance with their needs and preferences 
  4. Perform regular weight and skin checks

Health Violations at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation

Medicare performs nursing home health inspections annually but inspects more frequently when it finds numerous or severe deficiencies and when it receives complaints. Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation has been inspected 24 times during the period from 2012 to 2021 and underwent two complaint inspections in 2022.  

Medicare has fined Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation $250,171 in the past three years and discovered 27 violations in the last year alone. This significantly exceeds the national average of 8.4 violations and the state average of 15.5.  

Medicare performed the most recent inspection on August 1, 2022, in response to complaints. The surveyor found that the facility was not providing residents with reasonable food choices during meal times or sufficient snacks between meals and in the evenings. This can result in residents’ dietary needs not being met. 

Sugar-free snacks were not made available for diabetics, and residents told investigators they had sufficient choices and snacks before the new company took over. Investigators also observed nursing home staff consuming the limited supply of snacks intended for residents. 

During the previous complaint investigation, which occurred on June 30, 2022, investigators found the following deficiencies: 

  1. Failure to provide patients with medical records upon request 
  2. Failure to administer medication to a patient with severe chronic disorders as ordered by the doctor

Quality of Care at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation

Medicare has rated the overall quality of care at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation as above average. However, it has identified areas of concern related to the care received by short-stay and long-term residents.

Short-Stay Quality of Care

Medicare’s rating of the quality of care short-stay residents receive at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation is above average. However, Medicare found that the percentage of residents who improve their mobility is just 61 percent. This is significantly lower than the national average of 74.1 percent and the statewide average of 66.5 percent. 

Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation patients were also less likely to experience improvements in their ability to care for themselves compared to the national average. 

Long-Term Quality of Care

Medicare has given Fiesta Park Wellness and Rehabilitation a score of three stars, or average, for the quality of long-term care while identifying several areas of concern. 

Pressure Ulcers

Long-term residents at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation are more likely than average to develop bedsores. Nationally, an average of 8.1 percent of nursing home residents develop bedsores. The state average is 8.3 percent. As many as 11.5 percent of Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation residents develop bedsores. 

There is no acceptable number of occurrences of bedsores. They are caused by a nursing home’s negligence in failing to reposition immobile residents, keep their skin dry, and perform regular skin checks. 

Excessive Catheter Use

Long-term nursing home residents at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation are more than twice as likely as the national average to have a chronic indwelling catheter inserted and more than 50 percent as likely as the state average.  

Overuse of indwelling catheters is associated with urinary tract infections, which can lead to other complications. Indwelling catheters may be inappropriately used as a substitute for appropriate incontinence management, fall prevention, and other forms of care that require more effort. 

Worsening Mobility

While a decrease in mobility may be inevitable in some cases, appropriate nursing home care can preserve a resident’s ability to move on their own in most cases, even as a resident ages. Approximately 17.2 percent of nursing home patients nationwide and 19.2 percent statewide experience reduced mobility. An alarming 32.8 percent of residents experience reduced mobility at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation. 

Decreased Independence

Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation residents are more likely to lose their ability to care for themselves than the state and national average. This is measured by considering the activities of daily living residents can perform for themselves.

Depression

Residents at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation are nearly twice as likely as nursing home residents nationally to experience depression and more than four times as likely as New Mexico nursing home residents. Higher-than-average rates of depression may be a red flag for nursing home abuse and neglect or an inhospitable environment.

Staffing at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation

Medicare has given Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation a rating of above average, or four stars, for staffing. Patients at this facility receive significantly more RN hours and more CNA hours of care than the national and state average, but they receive significantly fewer hours of care from mid-level nursing staff.  

Staff turnover at this facility is similar to the state and national averages.

What to Do If You Suspect Abuse at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation

If you suspect your beloved family member has experienced nursing home abuse at Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation, you have a right to fight back, give your loved one a voice, and restore their dignity. Your first step should always be to secure your loved one’s safety.  

The New Mexico long-term care ombudsman provides patient advocacy services to long-term care residents of nursing homes. You can report abuse to the long-term care ombudsman by calling (866) 451-2901. The ombudsman will visit your loved one, investigate the allegations, and address concerns. 

You can also file a report with the New Mexico Health Facility Complaints Hotline using an online form or by calling (800) 752-8649. This will notify the New Mexico Division of Health Improvement. Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation will then be required to investigate the allegations and provide a report within five days. 

If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911. If your loved one has experienced physical abuse or financial exploitation, consider filing a police report to open a criminal investigation. After you have secured your loved one’s safety, contact an Albuquerque nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible. 

The Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Levin & Perconti Will Fight For You

Levin & Perconti is a nationally known law firm with specific experience in nursing home litigation. We are passionate about standing up for the rights of vulnerable individuals who otherwise might not have a voice against the powerful skilled nursing industry. 

Our dedication to our clients has won us distinctions such as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Top 10 Lawyers for Nursing Home Negligence. 

But, our greatest source of pride is the difference we have made in the lives of our clients, having achieved such successful results as the following: 

  • $4.1 million verdict on behalf of an 85-year-old woman who was injured when a nursing home mismanaged her medications
  • $2.3 million settlement for a family whose 88-year-old loved one died as a result of infected bedsores in a case where the doctor was criminally indicted 
  • $1.3 million verdict against a nursing home that allowed a 74-year-old resident to be beaten to death by another patient 

When you are ready to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit against Fiesta Park Wellness & Rehabilitation, you need a team of lawyers with successful nursing home litigation experience. We will not stop fighting until your loved one receives justice. Contact Levin & Perconti today for a free consultation.