The nursing home portion of the Life Care Center in Post Falls received the most serious citation a skilled nursing facility can get—an "immediate jeopardy" citation.
The state issued the citation after a compliance survey that did not favor the institution. The report will be released in about two weeks with more information on the situation that drew the citation, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Tom Shanahan told the Press
that, "No one died and no one is presently in danger."
The department is now working on a "daily basis" with the facility to correct and monitor the situation. The health care center may face fines after this issue is resolved if a followup survey does not show better results.
This is the third case this year of "immediate jeopardy" in the state, though not all belong to Life Care. There are 78 skilled nursing facilities in Idaho. Life Care
has multiple locations in Coeur d'Alene, Boise, Idaho Falls and Sandpoint, as well as around the nation.
A citation like this is issued when a facility's noncompliance causes injury, harm or impairment to a resident and immediate corrective action is needed.
"Residents are the top priority at Life Care Center of Post Falls," wrote Robin Leary, Life Care's executive director, in a statement about the citation. "Their safety and well-being are our focus in our day-to-day operations. We have already hosted associate training to ensure that moving forward the citation is corrected. We are submitting a plan of correction notifying the state of these changes."
Life Care has until Nov. 6 to fix the problem, which related to the clinical standards of care—meaning that more than one resident could have been affected.