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Information & Ratings on Abington Crest Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Erie, Pennsylvania
It is a challenging decision to place a loved one in a nursing facility, but unfortunately, it is often the only necessary option. We want our grandparent, parent, spouse, or sibling to receive the highest care in a compassionate environment that is free from harm and abuse. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents become victims of a poorly run facility with inadequately trained staff that do not always treat the most vulnerable of our society in the best way. If a caregiver harmed your loved one, it is important to be their advocate to ensure they are removed from the unsafe situation immediately. The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented many nursing home residents in Erie County, Pennsylvania and we can help your family too. Below is a small sample of the problems associated with Abington Crest Healthcare and Rehab.Abington Crest Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
This facility is a “not-for-profit” 80-certified bed Long Term Care Center providing cares and services to residents of Erie and Erie County, Pennsylvania. The Home is located at:
1267 South Hill RoadFinancial Penalties and Violations
Erie, Pennsylvania, 16509
The investigators working for the state of Pennsylvania and the federal government had the legal authority to impose monetary fines and deny payment for Medicare services if the nursing home has been cited for serious violations of established regulations and rules. Within the last three years, Abington Crest Healthcare the Rehabilitation Center has not received any fines and was not denied any payments. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing home.
The Pennsylvania care home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The PA Department of Public Health information contains a historical list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints, incident inquiries, health violations, and dangerous hazards of every facility in each county as does Medicare.gov.
According to Medicare, the facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars involving health inspections, four out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Erie County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Abington Crest Healthcare the Rehab that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Prevent or Control Infections
- Failure to Provide the Necessary Care and Services to Maintain the Resident’s Highest Well-Being
- Failure to Provide Safe and Appropriate Respiratory Care for a Resident When Needed
- Failure to Ensure Menus Meet the Resident’s Nutritional Needs and That There Is a Prepared Menu That Has Been Planned for the Resident
- Failure to Try and Resolve Each Resident’s Complaints Quickly
- Failure to Ensure There Is a Pest Control Program to Prevent Mice, Insects or Other Pests from Harboring in the Facility
- Failure to Reasonably Accommodate the Needs and Preferences of Each Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 26, 2018, a notation was made by a state surveyor involving the facility's failure to "prevent the potential cross-contamination [for one resident and a failure to] implement proper infection control measures to prevent the spread of infection [involving three units at the facility] (Sub-Acute, Auxiliary, and Maine Nursing Units).”
In one incident, the state investigator reviewed a physician’s orders for a resident who had “an antibiotic-resistant organism” which “had infected the resident’s pressure ulcers on his back.” The investigator observed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) on the afternoon of January 25, 2018, who “donned a clean disposable gown and gloves, then touched the resident’s bedside stand to move it into place.” The LPN “then reached under their disposable gown to their back uniform pocket to retrieve the disinfectant wipe packet, potentially contaminating the inside of their uniform and any pocket contents.”
Further observation of the LPN noted that “after opening and dropping sterile dressings onto the field, [the LPN] carried the empty paper records of the dressing to the overflowing garbage can.” At the point the LPN “proceeded to push the trash down with their gloved hands, potentially contaminating their gloves, then proceeded to reach into their back pocket, [pulled out a] black permanent marker, potentially contaminating their gloves, the market, and their back pocket.”
During a separate observation of the facility laundry room that morning, the surveyor observed soiled linen being “transported past the uncovered clean linens and clean resident’s clothing to the washer area.” The surveyor interviewed the facility Housekeeping Aide who confirmed that the “clean linens and clean resident’s clothing were not covered” to ensure there was no cross contamination from the soiled linen to the clean clothing and linen.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 16, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility failed to “administer medication per physician’s orders.” A review of the facility’s transfer agreement dated January 24, 2017, revealed that “appropriate information accompanies the resident at the time the transfer. This [information] could include but not limited to lab [results], x-ray findings, medication changes, and diet changes.”
However, the investigator did not find the appropriate documentation included in the resident’s Medication Administration Record (MAR) that was necessary to transfer a patient at the facility. The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who “confirmed that there was no documented evidence to indicate why the resident had not received medication as Physician-ordered.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 26, 2018, a state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “provide appropriate respiratory care and services for [two residents and a failure] to provide a clean delivery of oxygen through an oxygen concentrator for [another resident].” The state investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Oxygen Administration and Therapeutics dated January 24, 2018, that read in part: “filters of machines are to be cleaned once a week and nurses will adjust [the] liter flow to the amount prescribed by the physician.”
The state investigator observed a resident on the morning of January 23, 2018, with an “oxygen concentrator (a device that provides oxygen to residents), set at 4.5 Liters per minute.” A follow-up observation made on January 24, 2018, January 25, 2018, and January 26, 2018, revealed the resident’s “oxygen concentrator set at 5.0 Liters per minute.” Observations of another resident on the morning of January 24, 2018, revealed that that resident’s “oxygen concentrator set at 2.5 Liters per minute” which did not follow physician’s orders.
A third resident’s oxygen concentrator was noted on January 25, 2018, with “a filter [containing] clumps of dark/white areas.” The state investigator interviewed a Registered Nurse that morning who confirmed that “the filter on the resident’s oxygen concentrator had clumps of white/dark areas.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 13, 2016, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “maintain an adequate food supply to meet the resident’s nutritional needs [which placed] the residents at risk for not having enough food and creating an Immediate Jeopardy … in three units (East Wing, West Wing, and Center Section).”
The state investigator conducted an initial tour of the facility kitchen on January 9, 2016, with the facility’s Dietary Manager. The state surveyor observed a “dry storage area in the main kitchen and in the downstairs storage room and the downstairs walk-in freezer in the basement, [that were found] not to be stocked with food in accordance with the menus for the upcoming four days until the next anticipated food delivery of January 13, 2016.”
The state surveyor questioned the Dietary Manager “as to how much food supply there was on-site in case of an emergency.” “It was discovered that there was not an emergency supply of food within the facility.” The Dietary Manager also confirmed that “there was not any emergency supply food and further stated, that supply was used before [they had] started here” which according to records was October 6, 2015.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 10, 2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "timely and effectively resolve resident concerns.” The investigator interviewed a facility resident who “indicated that there was a discussion on March 4, 2016, between the resident and the Director of Nurses concerning the resident’s timeliness of receiving diabetic medication.” The resident stated that they “needed to change diabetic medications” because of their insurance coverage.
The physician ordered a change of the patient's diabetic medication at a specific dosage “injected subcutaneously (under the skin) every week. During the course of events brought about because of the change in the diabetic medication, the resident was without any diabetic medication from March 5, 2016 March 9, 2016 (a total of four days) which resulted in abnormal blood sugar levels, according to the [resident’s] Medication Administration Record (MAR).” This deficiency by the nursing staff was revealed in an interview with a pharmacy employee at the facility who confirmed that the resident “was not given the new medication” for a lapse of nine days after the facility had received the new medication. As a result, the resident “became ill after the injection of the new medication was discontinued.” The facility Director of Nurses “indicated no awareness of the lapse of diabetic medication for [the resident].”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 12, 2016, a state surveying agency opened a formal complaint against the nursing home for its failure to “maintain an environment free of insects for two nursing units (Ancillary and Main) and the kitchen.” The state investigator interviewed three residents on the morning of August 9, 2016, who “indicated that fruit flies were often seen throughout the facility.”
The state investigator observed the facility that day and identified “two fruit flies lying in the area near the juice dispenser upon entering the kitchen. Fruit flies were observed throughout the facility” that day between 10:25 AM and 2:15 PM and in a resident’s room, the ancillary room, the main nurse’s station, and in the Nursing Home Administrator’s office. The investigator interviewed the facility Administrator who “confirmed that there had been fruit flies within the facility.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 13, 2016, a state investigator noted the nursing home’s failure to “maintain the water and ice [to ensure that it was] available to residents within reach.” This deficient practice involved three wings of the nursing home including “Sub-Acute, Main, and Auxiliary.”
The investigator observed different residents’ rooms and noted that there were no pitcher/cups and no water available. The residents were interviewed, and some stated that they had not received any water or cups that day. One resident said that “staff used to pass water and ice every shift and now not even daily, you have to ask for or get yourself.”
An investigator observed one resident who “arose from their bed and went to the bathroom sink and motioned that is where they get water and then walked to the nurse’s cart to get a plastic cup from the cart and indicated staff do not come around to provide water/ice and that [the resident] has to get it themselves. There were no pitchers/cups and [the resident’s] room.” The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who “confirmed that staff is to pass water/ice at the beginning of each shift and as needed.”
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