Provider Name: DISCOVERY COMMONS SOUTH BISCAYNE
Provider Type: Assisted Living Facility
Inspection Data from January 1, 2008 to present
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Survey DateInspection TypeTrack IDDeficiencyClassRequirement DescriptionCorrection Date
03/07/2024ComplaintO9GWNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
01/09/2023ComplaintMCD7NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
08/16/2022ComplaintX84FA00303RESIDENT CARE - RIGHTS & FACILITY PROCEDURES59A-36.007 (5) RESIDENT RIGHTS AND FACILITY PROCEDURES. (a) A copy of the Resident Bill of Rights as described in Section 429.28, F.S., or a summary provided by the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program must be posted in full view in a freely accessible resident area, and included in the admission package provided pursuant to Rule 59A-36.006, F.A.C. (b) In accordance with Section 429.28, F.S., the facility must have a written grievance procedure for receiving and responding to resident complaints and a written procedure to allow residents to recommend changes to facility policies and procedures. The facility must be able to demonstrate that such procedure is implemented upon receipt of a complaint. (c) The telephone number for lodging complaints against a facility or facility staff must be posted in full view in a common area accessible to all residents. The telephone numbers are: the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, 1(888)831-0404; Disability Rights Florida, 1(800)342-0823; the Agency Consumer Hotline 1(888)419-3456, and the statewide toll-free telephone number of the Florida Abuse Hotline, 1(800)96-ABUSE or 1(800)962-2873. The telephone numbers must be posted in close proximity to a telephone accessible by residents and the text must be a minimum of 14-point font. (d) The facility must have a written statement of its house rules and procedures that must be included in the admission package provided pursuant to Rule 59A-36.006, F.A.C. The rules and procedures must at a minimum address the facility's policies regarding: 1. Resident responsibilities; 2. Alcohol and tobacco use; 3. Medication storage; 4. Resident elopement; 5. Reporting resident abuse, neglect, and exploitation; 6. Administrative and housekeeping schedules and requirements; 7. Infection control, sanitation, and standard precautions; 8. The requirements for coordinating the delivery of services to residents by third party providers; 9. Assistive devices; and 10. Physical restraints. (e) Residents may not be required to perform any work in the facility without compensation. Residents may be required to clean their own sleeping areas or apartments if the facility rules or the facility contract includes such a requirement. If a resident is employed by the facility, the resident must be compensated in compliance with state and federal wage laws. (f) The facility must provide residents with convenient access to a telephone to facilitate the resident's right to unrestricted and private communication, pursuant to Section 429.28(1)(d), F.S. The facility must allow unidentified telephone calls to residents. For facilities with a licensed capacity of 17 or more residents in which residents do not have private telephones, there must be, at a minimum, a readily accessible telephone on each floor of each building where residents reside. 429.28 Resident bill of rights.- (1) No resident of a facility shall be deprived of any civil or legal rights, benefits, or privileges guaranteed by law, the Constitution of the State of Florida, or the Constitution of the United States as a resident of a facility. Every resident of a facility shall have the right to: (a) Live in a safe and decent living environment, free from abuse and neglect. (b) Be treated with consideration and respect and with due recognition of personal dignity, individuality, and the need for privacy. (c) Retain and use his or her own clothes and other personal property in his or her immediate living quarters, so as to maintain individuality and personal dignity, except when the facility can demonstrate that such would be unsafe, impractical, or an infringement upon the rights of other residents. (d) Unrestricted private communication, including receiving and sending unopened correspondence, access to a telephone, and visiting with any person of his or her choice, at any time between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at a minimum. Upon request, the facility shall make provisions to extend visiting h09/16/2022
03/30/2021StandardGB3DA00093ADMISSIONS - ADMISSION PACKAGE(3) ADMISSION PACKAGE. (a) The facility must make available to potential residents a written statement(s) that includes the following information listed below. Providing a copy of the facility resident contract or facility brochure containing all the required information meets this requirement. 1. The facility's admission and continued residency criteria; 2. The daily, weekly or monthly charge to reside in the facility and the services, supplies, and accommodations provided by the facility for that rate; 3. Personal care services that the facility is prepared to provide to residents and additional costs to the resident, if any; 4. Nursing services that the facility is prepared to provide to residents and additional costs to the resident, if any; 5. Food service and the ability of the facility to accommodate special diets; 6. The availability of transportation and additional costs to the resident, if any; 7. Any other special services that are provided by the facility and additional cost if any; 8. Social and leisure activities generally offered by the facility; 9. Any services that the facility does not provide but will arrange for the resident and additional cost, if any; 10. The facility rules and regulations that residents must follow as described in rule 59A-36.007, F.A.C.; 11. The facility policy concerning Do Not Resuscitate Orders pursuant to section 429.255, F.S., and rule 59A-36.009, F.A.C., and Advance Directives pursuant to chapter 765, F.S.; 12. If the facility is licensed to provide extended congregate care, the facility's residency criteria for residents receiving extended congregate care services. The facility must also provide a description of the additional personal, supportive, and nursing services provided by the facility including additional costs and any limitations on where extended congregate care residents may reside based on the policies and procedures described in rule 59A-36.021, F.A.C.; 13. If the facility advertises that it provides special care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, a written description of those special services as required in section 429.177, F.S.; and, 14. The facility's resident elopement response policies and procedures. (b) Before or at the time of admission, the resident, or the resident's responsible party, guardian, or attorney-in-fact, if applicable, must be provided with the following: 1. A copy of the resident's contract that meets the requirements of rule 59A-36.018, F.A.C., 2. A copy of the facility statement described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, if one has not already been provided, 3. A copy of the resident's bill of rights as required by rule 59A-36.007, F.A.C.; and, 4. A Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program brochure that includes the telephone number and address of the district office. (c) Documents required by this subsection must be in English. If the resident is not able to read, or does not understand English and translated documents are not available, the facility must explain its policies to a family member or friend of the resident or another individual who can communicate the information to the resident. 400.0078 (2) Upon admission to a long-term care facility, each resident or representative of a resident must receive information regarding: (a) The purpose of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. (b) The statewide toll-free telephone number and e-mail address for receiving complaints. (c) Information that retaliatory action cannot be taken against a resident for presenting grievances or for exercising any other resident right. (d) Other relevant information regarding how to contact representatives of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. 02/22/2022
03/30/2021StandardGB3DA00783STAFFING STANDARDS - STAFF(2) STAFF. (a) Within 30 days after beginning employment, newly hired staff must submit a written statement from a health care provider documenting that the individual does not have any signs or symptoms of communicable disease. The examination performed by the health care provider must have been conducted no earlier than 6 months before submission of the statement. Newly hired staff does not include an employee transferring without a break in service from one facility to another when the facility is under the same management or ownership. 1. Evidence of a negative tuberculosis examination must be documented on an annual basis. Documentation provided by the Florida Department of Health or a licensed health care provider certifying that there is a shortage of tuberculosis testing materials satisfies the annual tuberculosis examination requirement. An individual with a positive tuberculosis test must submit a health care provider's statement that the individual does not constitute a risk of communicating tuberculosis. 2. If any staff member has, or is suspected of having, a communicable disease, such individual must be immediately removed from duties until a written statement is submitted from a health care provider indicating that the individual does not constitute a risk of transmitting a communicable disease. (b) Staff must be qualified to perform their assigned duties consistent with their level of education, training, preparation, and experience. Staff providing services requiring licensing or certification must be appropriately licensed or certified. All staff must exercise their responsibilities, consistent with their qualifications, to observe residents, to document observations on the appropriate resident's record, and to report the observations to the resident's health care provider in accordance with this rule chapter. (c) All staff must comply with the training requirements of rule 59A-36.011, F.A.C. (d) An assisted living facility contracting to provide services to residents must ensure that individuals providing services are qualified to perform their assigned duties in accordance with this rule chapter. The contract between the facility and the staffing agency or contractor must specifically describe the services the staffing agency or contractor will provide to residents. (e) For facilities with a licensed capacity of 17 or more residents, the facility must: 1. Develop a written job description for each staff position and provide a copy of the job description to each staff member; and, 2. Maintain time sheets for all staff. (f) Level 2 background screening must be conducted for staff, including staff contracted by the facility to provide services to residents, pursuant to sections 408.809 and 429.174, F.S. 04/16/2021
03/30/2021StandardGB3DA00803TRAINING - CORE & COMPETENCY TEST429.52 (2) Administrators and other assisted living facility staff must meet minimum training and education requirements established by the agency by rule. This training and education is intended to assist facilities to appropriately respond to the needs of residents, to maintain resident care and facility standards, and to meet licensure requirements. (3) The agency, in conjunction with providers, shall develop core training requirements for administrators consisting of core training learning objectives, a competency test, and a minimum required score to indicate successful passage of the core competency test. The required core competency test must cover at least the following topics: (a) State law and rules relating to assisted living facilities. (b) Resident rights and identifying and reporting abuse, neglect, and exploitation. (c) Special needs of elderly persons, persons with mental illness, and persons with developmental disabilities and how to meet those needs. (d) Nutrition and food service, including acceptable sanitation practices for preparing, storing, and serving food. (e) Medication management, recordkeeping, and proper techniques for assisting residents with self-administered medication. (f) Firesafety requirements, including fire evacuation drill procedures and other emergency procedures. (g) Care of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. 59A-36.011 (1) ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY CORE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS AND COMPETENCY TEST. (a) The assisted living facility core training requirements established by the department pursuant to section 429.52, F.S., shall consist of a minimum of 26 hours of training plus a competency test. (b) Administrators and managers must successfully complete the assisted living facility core training requirements within 3 months from the date of becoming a facility administrator or manager. Successful completion of the core training requirements includes passing the competency test. The minimum passing score for the competency test is 75%. Administrators who have attended core training prior to July 1, 1997, and managers who attended the core training program prior to April 20, 1998, shall not be required to take the competency test. Administrators licensed as nursing home administrators in accordance with chapter 468, part II, F.S., are exempt from this requirement. (c) Administrators and managers shall participate in 12 hours of continuing education in topics related to assisted living every 2 years. (d) A newly hired administrator or manager who has successfully completed the assisted living facility core training and continuing education requirements, shall not be required to retake the core training. An administrator or manager who has successfully completed the core training but has not maintained the continuing education requirements will be considered a new administrator or manager for the purposes of the core training requirements and must: 1. Retake the assisted living facility core training; and, 2. Retake and pass the competency test. (e) The fees for the competency test shall not exceed $200.00. The payment for the competency test fee shall be remitted to the entity administering the test. A new fee is due each time the test is taken. 04/01/2021
03/30/2021StandardGB3DA00813TRAINING - STAFF IN-SERVICE429.52(1) (1)Each new assisted living facility employee who has not previously completed core training must attend a preservice orientation provided by the facility before interacting with residents. The preservice orientation must be at least 2 hours in duration and cover topics that help the employee provide responsible care and respond to the needs of facility residents. Upon completion, the employee and the administrator of the facility must sign a statement that the employee completed the required preservice orientation. The facility must keep the signed statement in the employee's personnel record. (7) Facility staff shall participate in inservice training relevant to their job duties as specified by agency rule. Topics covered during the preservice orientation are not required to be repeated during inservice training. A single certificate of completion that covers all required inservice training topics may be issued to a participating staff member if the training is provided in a single training course. 59A-36.011 (2) STAFF PRESERVICE ORIENTATION. (a) Facilities must provide a preservice orientation of at least 2 hours to all new assisted living facility employees who have not previously completed core training as detailed in subsection (1). (b) New staff must complete the preservice orientation prior to interacting with residents. (c) Once complete, the employee and the facility administrator must sign a statement that the employee completed the preservice orientation which must be kept in the employee's personnel record. (d) In addition to topics that may be chosen by the facility administrator, the preservice orientation must cover: 1. Resident's rights; and, 2. The facility's license type and services offered by the facility. (3) STAFF IN-SERVICE TRAINING. Facility administrators or managers shall provide or arrange for the following in-service training to facility staff: (a) Staff who provide direct care to residents, other than nurses, certified nursing assistants, or home health aides trained in accordance with rule 59A-8.0095, F.A.C., must receive a minimum of 1 hour in-service training in infection control, including universal precautions and facility sanitation procedures, before providing personal care to residents. The facility must use its infection control policies and procedures when offering this training. Documentation of compliance with the staff training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1030, relating to blood borne pathogens, may be used to meet this requirement. (b) Staff who provide direct care to residents must receive a minimum of 1 hour in-service training within 30 days of employment that covers the following subjects: 1. Reporting adverse incidents. 2. Facility emergency procedures including chain-of-command and staff roles relating to emergency evacuation. (c) Staff who provide direct care to residents, who have not taken the core training program, shall receive a minimum of 1 hour in-service training within 30 days of employment that covers the following subjects: 1. Resident rights in an assisted living facility. 2. Recognizing and reporting resident abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The facility must use its abuse prevention policies and procedures when offering this training. (d) Staff who provide direct care to residents, other than nurses, CNAs, or home health aides trained in accordance with rule 59A-8.0095, F.A.C., must receive 3 hours of in-service training within 30 days of employment that covers the following subjects: 1. Resident behavior and needs. 2. Providing assistance with the activities of daily living. (e) Staff who prepare or serve food, who have not taken the assisted living facility core training must receive a minimum of 1-hour-in-service training within 30 days of employment in safe food handling practices. (f) All facility staff shall receive in-service training regarding the facility's resident elopement response policies and procedures within 04/16/2021
03/30/2021StandardGB3DA00823TRAINING - HIV/AIDS(4) HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS/ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (HIV/AIDS). Pursuant to section 381.0035, F.S., all facility employees, with the exception of employees subject to the requirements of section 456.033, F.S., must complete a one-time education course on HIV and AIDS, including the topics prescribed in the section 381.0035, F.S. New facility staff must obtain the training within 30 days of employment. Documentation of compliance must be maintained in accordance with subsection (12), of this rule. 04/16/2021
03/30/2021StandardGB3DA00863TRAINING - ADRD(10) ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND RELATED DISORDERS ("ADRD") TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. Facilities which advertise that they provide special care for persons with ADRD, or who maintain secured areas as described in Chapter 4, Section 464.4.6 of the Florida Building Code, as adopted in rule 61G20-1.001, F.A.C., Florida Building Code Adopted, must ensure that facility staff receive the following training. (a) Facility staff who interact on a daily basis with residents with ADRD but do not provide direct care to such residents and staff who provide direct care to residents with ADRD, shall obtain 4 hours of initial training within 3 months of employment. Completion of the core training program between April 20, 1998 and July 1, 2003 shall satisfy this requirement. Facility staff who meet the requirements for ADRD training providers under paragraph (g) of this subsection, will be considered as having met this requirement. Initial training, entitled "Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Level I Training," must address the following subject areas: 1. Understanding Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; 2. Characteristics of Alzheimer's disease; 3. Communicating with residents with Alzheimer's disease; 4. Family issues; 5. Resident environment; and, 6. Ethical issues. (b) Staff who have successfully completed both the initial one hour and continuing three hours of ADRD training pursuant to sections 400.1755, 429.917 and 400.6045(1), F.S., shall be considered to have met the initial assisted living facility Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Level I Training. (c) Facility staff who provide direct care to residents with ADRD must obtain an additional 4 hours of training, entitled "Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Level II Training," within 9 months of employment. Facility staff who meet the requirements for ADRD training providers under paragraph (g) of this subsection, will be considered as having met this requirement. Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Level II Training must address the following subject areas as they apply to these disorders: 1. Behavior management, 2. Assistance with ADLs, 3. Activities for residents, 4. Stress management for the care giver; and, 5. Medical information. (d) A detailed description of the subject areas that must be included in an ADRD curriculum which meets the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, can be found in the document "Training Guidelines for the Special Care of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders," dated March 1999, incorporated by reference, available from the Department of Elder Affairs, 4040 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-7000. (e) Direct care staff shall participate in 4 hours of continuing education annually as required under section 429.178, F.S. Continuing education received under this paragraph may be used to meet 3 of the 12 hours of continuing education required by section 429.52, F.S., and subsection (1) of this rule, or 3 of the 6 hours of continuing education for extended congregate care required by subsection (7) of this rule. (f) Facility staff who have only incidental contact with residents with ADRD must receive general written information provided by the facility on interacting with such residents, as required under section 429.178, F.S., within three (3) months of employment. "Incidental contact" means all staff who neither provide direct care nor are in regular contact with such residents. (g) Persons who seek to provide ADRD training in accordance with this subsection must provide the department or its designee with documentation that they hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or hold a license as a registered nurse, and: 1. Have 1 year teaching experience as an educator of caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders, or 2. Three years of practical experience in a program providing care to persons with Alzheimer's disease or 04/16/2021
03/30/2021StandardGB3DA00903TRAINING - DO NOT RESUSCITATE ORDERS(11) DO NOT RESUSCITATE ORDERS TRAINING. (a) Currently employed facility administrators, managers, direct care staff and staff involved in resident admissions must receive at least one hour of training in the facility's policies and procedures regarding Do Not Resuscitate Orders. (b) Newly hired facility administrators, managers, direct care staff and staff involved in resident admissions must receive at least one hour of training in the facility's policy and procedures regarding DNROs within 30 days after employment. (c) Training shall consist of the information included in rule 59A-36.009, F.A.C. 04/16/2021
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