Local Fort Pierce rehab/nursing center under investigation
Fort Pierce, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- A local rehab and nursing center is under investigation. This is after a former patient’s granddaughter complained to authorities about her grandmother’s treatment at the facility.
The Department of Children and Families’ Adult Protective Investigations Unit is investigating multiple allegations involving the Sandgate Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center in Fort Pierce. Anna Jordan, 86, spent at least three days at the facility for rehabilitation. She spent more than a week at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. After she was released from the hospital, Lawnwood transferred Jordan to Sandgate Gardens. Her granddaughter, Alexandra Jordan, said her grandmother quickly began calling her, asking for someone to take her out of the facility.
Alexandra said in a complaint to DCF, AHCA, the Ombudsman Program, and the Florida Attorney General’s Office that her grandmother would sit in her urine for hours without anyone helping her get to the bathroom. She says her call light went unanswered.
Here is a list of past deficiencies and fines from this facility.
Here is a link to Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.The mission of the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is to improve the quality of life for all Florida long-term care residents by advocating for and protecting their health, safety, welfare and rights.