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Bethlehem Commons Care Center Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Are you concerned that the medical staff is neglecting your loved one in an Albany County nursing home? Do you suspect that they are being mistreated or abused by caregivers, employees, or other patients?
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Bethlehem Commons Care Center
This nursing home is a Medicare and Medicaid-participating "non-profit" center providing cares and services to residents of Delmar and Albany County, New York. The 120-certified bed nursing facility is located at:
125 Rockefeller Road
Delmar, New York 12054
Financial Penalties and Violations
The federal government, through nursing home regulatory agencies, can impose fines or deny payment for Medicare services for any nursing facility with severe violations of rules and regulations. Typically, hefty fines are levied against the nursing home when the most egregious violations have occurred that harmed or could harm a resident.
Within the last three years, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against Bethlehem Commons Care Center for $29,188 on April 20, 2017, citing substandard care. The nursing home also received one complaint and self-reported one serious problem over the last thirty-six months that resulted in violation citations.
Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the New York State Nursing Home Report Website.
Delmar New York Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Our attorneys review data on every long-term and intermediate care facility on Medicare.com and the New York Department of Public Health website.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Keep Every Resident Free from Physical Restraints Unless Need for Medical Treatment – citation #F221 date April 20, 2017
- Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Area Remained Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provides Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation #F323 date April 20, 2017
According to state investigators, “the facility did not ensure [for two residents] that a physician’s orders were followed. Specifically, for one resident, “who had a Velcro alarm seat belt, [the resident] did not have a restraint assessment or a signed consent form for this restraint.” For the other resident “who had a Velcro alarm seat belt, the facility did not ensure that a Physician’s orders were followed.”
The state investigators observed a resident who “was unable to release his alarm seat belt upon command. The resident did not appear to understand that the Nurse Manager was asking him to release the seat belt.”
During the observation, “the resident’s smiled occasionally while the Nurse Manager was talking to him but did not make any attempt to reach for his seat belt.” The Nurse Manager “looked through the resident’s chart and was unable to locate a consent for the Velcro alarm seat belt or an assessment regarding the seat belt.”
The surveyors interviewed the Nurse Manager, who stated that “she thought there was a verbal consent for the seat belt. She stated it is ultimately the Nurse Manager’s responsibility to ensure that the consent and assessment for the Velcro seat belt were completed. She stated there should have been a signed consent and assessment for the use of a seat belt used as a restraint.”
The nursing home “did not ensure that the environment remained as free of accident hazards as possible on one unit of three units observed. Specifically, the door to the visitor's lounge on Unit BC was open, the window in the lounge was open, and the screen behind the window was bowed out from the track.”
These problems “created a potential elopement hazard.” The survey team interviewed the Maintenance Director, who stated that “yesterday, he did a walkaround with the surveyor did not find any problems. He stated that housekeeping staff is supposed to let him know if anything is broken. He stated the screens are removable so the windows can be cleaned. During this interview, the visitor lounge door was open.”
The survey team interviewed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who stated that visitors and families used the visitor's lounge and said, “he had not seen residents in there by themselves. He stated the staff may use the room for breaks.”
Ready to File a Nursing Home Neglect Claim Against Bethlehem Commons Care Center? Let Us Help
Was your loved one mistreated, harmed or neglected while residing at Bethlehem Commons Care Center? Contact the New York nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Albany County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Delmar.
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