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Information & Ratings on Berwick Retirement Village Nursing Center, Berwick, Pennsylvania
We entrust caregivers in nursing facilities to provide the highest level of services for our loved one in a safe environment to ensure their health and well-being are maintained. Unfortunately, there are serious signs of neglect, abuse, and mistreatment occurring to residents in nursing homes nationwide. The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys work aggressively on behalf of our clients to stand up for what is right to hold negligent caregivers legally and financially accountable for their inappropriate behavior. Our team of lawyers have helped many injured nursing home residents in Columbia County and can help your family too.Berwick Retirement Village Nursing Center
(Commonwealth Health Berwick Retirement Village)
This nursing center is a “for profit” facility providing services and cares to residents of Berwick and Columbia County, Pennsylvania. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating 240-certified bed Long-Term Care Nursing Home is located at:
801 East 16th Street
Berwick, Pennsylvania, 18603
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers physical, occupational and speech therapies along with:
- Diabetes care
- Cancer care
- Behavioral Health Care
- Bariatric weight loss services
- Emergency services
- Kidney disorder care
- Nutritional services
- Primary care
- Urgent care
- Surgical services
- Wound care
- Infectious disease care
- Geriatric services
Pennsylvania and federal nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal authority to impose monetary fines and deny payment for Medicare services for any nursing facility cited for serious violations of regulations and rules. Within the last three years, investigators have not levied fines or denied Medicare service payments for Berwick Retirement Village Nursing Center. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing home.
Families can review comprehensive research results on the Medicare.gov nursing home database that lists all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, and incident inquiries. The information is valuable to determine the level of health, medical and hygiene care that long-term care facilities in the local community provide their residents.
According to Medicare, the facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars involving health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Columbia County neglect lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center have reviewed numerous health violations, deficiencies and safety concerns occurring at Berwick Retirement Village Nursing Center that include:
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Abuse, Physical Punishment and Being Separated from Others
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Acts or Reports of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
- Failure to Provide Necessary Care and Services to Maintain the Resident’s Highest Well-Being
- Failure to Provide Proper Care and Services to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Pressure Wound to Heal
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident Is Provided an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provided Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 11, 2017, a state investigator documented the nursing home’s failure to “ensure that one resident was free from abuse.” The investigator reviewed the resident’s annual MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment that shows that the resident was “severely cognitively impaired and requires extensive assistance from staffed with Activities of Daily Living. The resident resided in the room alone and did not have a roommate.”
The state survey team reviewed the facility’s Investigative Report that was submitted “by the facility” revealing that the Director of Nursing “received a phone call from [the resident’s] daughter requesting a meeting.” At the meeting, the resident’s daughter “presented a flash drive containing video evidence of a nurse aide… [acting] in an aggressive manner. The report noted that the resident’s daughter informed the facility that she had set up a video camera in [the resident’s] room before she went away on vacation.”
According to the resident’s daughter, the video “depicts the nurse aide becoming verbally aggressive with the resident and smooshing her face between her hands and subsequently grabbing the resident by the hair.” In the video, the employee was heard speaking to the resident “in an aggressively intimidating manner, telling the resident to Stand Up! Stand Up!” The employee “was observed to forcibly squeeze the resident’s face and grab the resident by the hair on the back of the resident’s head.”
The investigator reviewed the facility’s Abuse of Investigative Report that revealed that the resident “was captured on video during an inappropriate interaction with [the resident]. The report indicated that [the allegedly abusive employee] was initially suspended.” Sometime later the employee “was terminated from employment.” The resident “was cognitively impaired and unable to provide an account of the incident.” The investigators interviewed the Nursing Home Administrator and Director of Nurses who confirmed that the employee “was terminated from employment for abuse.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 11, 2017, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "thoroughly investigate an injury of unknown origin, to rule out potential abuse of [one resident].” The state investigator reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Resident Abuse, Neglect, Misappropriation of Resident Property and Exploitation.
The state survey team reviewed the clinical records for a resident along with their MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessments that indicated “that the resident was severely cognitively impaired and requires staff assistance with Activities of Daily Living.” A review of the resident’s Incident/Accident Report revealed that “during morning care, [the resident] was identified with a 5.0 cm x 2.0 cm bruise to the outside of her left elbow. The resident was not aware of how she received the bruise.”
The investigators reviewed the Staff Statements of Reported Incident completed by two staff members “who had identified the bruise during care and one staff member who did not provide care to the resident. There were no additional statements obtained from any other staff and the Incident/Accident Review was incomplete.”
The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who “confirmed that the witness statements were not obtained and completed [promptly]. There was no documented evidence that the facility conducted a timely investigation into the resident’s injury to rule abuse and mistreatment is a potential cause. This failure was confirmed by the Nursing Home Administrator and Director of Nurses during an interview.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 11, 2017, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “consistently assess the severity of a resident’s pain and attempt non-pharmacological interventions to alleviate or reduce pain [before] the administration of medications prescribed on an as needed basis for three residents.” The investigator also documented the facility’s failure “to apply a therapeutic device for one resident.” A review of the facility’s policy titled Pain Management revealed in part:
“It is the facility’s policy to ensure optimal comfort through a proactive pain control plan, which is mutually established with the resident, family members and members of the healthcare team. All residents will be assessed for pain using a 0-10 pain intensity scale.” Additional interventions include ‘alternative comfort measures (i.e., decreased lighting and noise, provided privacy, limit visitors)’ [that] should be instituted based on the identified need of the resident.”
The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses on Nursing Home Administrator who both “confirmed that the facility’s nursing staff are not documenting the resident’s levels of pain or attempting non-pharmacological interventions [before the] administration of as needed pain medications.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 11, 2017, a state investigator noted the nursing home’s failure to “implement interventions plan to prevent the development and the worsening of a pressure sore.” The state investigator reviewed a resident’s clinical record that revealed that the resident had “diagnoses, which included a fractured left femur (broken leg bone).” A review of the resident’s Admission MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment identified the resident’s cares and needs.
The facility Incident/Accident Report revealed a “stage 3.0 cm x 1.5 cm … purple area found on the resident’s left heel.” The report noted that the resident “did not have heels float boots on as ordered…” A review of the staff’s witness statements revealed there was “no documented evidence that staff had elevated the resident’s heels or applied heel float boots” before the “identification of the resident’s pressure sore.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 11, 2017, the state agency surveyor documented the nursing home’s failure to “maintain an environment free of accident hazards by failing to maintain hot water temperatures within a safe range to prevent potential injury to residents.” The investigator also documented the facility’s failure “to provide adequate supervision or implement effective interventions to maintain resident safety and prevent elopement by [one resident].”
The state investigator documented hot water temperatures during an initial tour of the facility that reached as high as 118°F. During an interview with the Nursing Home Administrator, it was “confirmed that water temperatures should be in the range of 100°F to 110°F and the [previously mentioned] temperatures were not in the range considered to be safe.”
In a separate incident, the investigator reviewed the facility Elopement Evaluation Report that identified a resident “as a potential risk for elopement.” A review of the facility Incident/Accident Report revealed that at 6:45 PM “the alarm was sounding, indicating an elopement out the front door and the resident was observed walking briskly out to the front parking lot, without a walker or her jacket. The resident was observed to have walked past the building and was just entering the front parking lot. The staff indicated that the resident was non-compliant at times with walker use and displayed exit seeking behaviors.” Witnesses last saw the resident toileting twenty-five minutes earlier.
The documented evidence revealed that a nurse a last saw the resident “observed sitting at a desk.” The employee indicated that “she did not hear the alarm sound because another resident was screaming, and the television was on loudly.” A review of the Incident/Accident Report “failed to provide evidence that the facility had attempted to ascertain how the resident eloped from the building. The facility did not plan to provide increased supervision of the resident to prevent further elopements. The facility did not revise the resident’s Care Plan based on the resident’s risk for elopement at that time.”
The report also showed that when the resident “was outside the building and was returned to the lobby [by a Business Office Employee] the door alarm was not functioning properly and did not sound when the resident exited the building.” The surveyors also determined that there was “no documented evidence at the facility had ascertained the reason why the door alarm did not sound timely and effectively resolve the problem to prevent resident elopements.”
If your loved one was the victim of mistreatment, abuse or neglect while a resident at Berwick Retirement Village Nursing Center, contact Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 today. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Columbia County victims who have been mistreated while living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Berwick. Our dedicated lawyers can work on your behalf to file and resolve your claim for compensation against all those that caused your loved one harm, injury, or premature death. Contact us now to schedule a free case review to discuss how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim. Let us fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.
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