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Alleghany Center Nursing Home
This facility is a 90-certified bed "for-profit" long-term care home providing services and cares to residents of Sparta and Alleghany County, North Carolina. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating center is located at:
179 Combs Street
Sparta, North Carolina 28675
Alleghany Center Nursing Home
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Alleghany Center Nursing Home offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-stay care, IV (intravenous) therapy, respite care, hospice, wound care, dementia and memory care, colostomy care, and restorative services involving physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
It is the responsibility of federal and state investigators to penalize any nursing home that has violated a rule or regulation that caused harm or could have caused harm to a resident. Many of these penalties involve monetary fines or denial of payment for Medicare services.
The nursing home received four complaints over the last three years that resulted in a violation citation. Additional information about this nursing home can be found on the North Carolina Department of HHS Adult Protective Services Website.
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Sparta North Carolina Nursing Home Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research Medicare.gov and the North Carolina Department of Public Health website database systems for a complete list of deficiencies, violations, and citations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of two out of five stars, including three out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Safe and Appropriate Respiratory Care for a Resident When Needed – citation #F695 date April 18, 2019
The state investigators determined the “facility failed to administer oxygen at 2 Liters (L) per minute and failed to change oxygen tubing weekly as ordered.” The resident’s Quarterly MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed “Moderately Impaired Condition entry requires extensive assistance with most of activities of daily living. The MDS also indicated she requires oxygen.”
A review of the resident’s Care Plan dated April 17, 2019, revealed that “she was at risk for respiratory complications related to her [diagnoses].” The survey team conducted an initial interview with the resident just before lunchtime on April 15, 2019. At that time, “her oxygen concentrator was set to deliver oxygen at 1.5 L per minute via nasal cannula” and not the 2.0 L per minute as indicated by her care plan.
On three different observations between April 16, 2019, and April 17, 2019, the resident’s “oxygen delivery was set at 1.5 L per minute and at no time during the observations did [the resident] show signs of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.”
The surveyors interviewed the Director of Nursing the following day who stated that she had looked at the resident’s oxygen settings the evening before “and discovered the setting was not on the 2.0 L per minute ordered by the Physician.”
The Director “adjusted the oxygen to the correct setting of 2.0 L per minute. The Director also stated she expected the nurses to check all the resident’s oxygen settings twice a day to assure that the oxygen setting was on the correct amount as ordered by the Physician.”
In a separate incident, a different resident was observed on April 15, 2019, while “up in her chair and bed. She was alert and verbal and had an oxygen cannula in her nose. There was an oxygen concentrator next to her bed that was set to deliver 2.0 L per minute via the cannula. The oxygen tubing was dated April 3, 2019, the water bottle on the concentrator” had the same date, and “the bag attached to the concentrator to hold the tubing was [also] dated April 3, 2019.”
A nurse providing the resident care stated that “she routinely checked the oxygen concentrators once a shift to ensure that the setting was correct [but] did not check the dates of the oxygen tubing or the water bottles” that were to be changed weekly.
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