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Birch Manor Healthcare Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Do you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated while living in a Caroll County nursing facility? Are you concerned that their injuries are the result of negligence by the nursing staff, physical assault by other patients, or physical, sexual, or verbal abuse by others?
If so, contact the Maryland Nursing Home Law Center attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Our team of lawyers can work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive financial compensation to recover your damages.
Birch Manor Healthcare Center
This long-term care center is a "for profit" 118-certified bed home providing cares to residents of Sykesville and Caroll County, Maryland. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
7309 Second Avenue
Sykesville, Maryland 21784
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Birch Manor Healthcare Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes long-term care, dementia care, and rehabilitation.
Financial Penalties and Violations
Federal government nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal authority to penalize any nursing home with a denied payment for Medicare services or monetary fine when the facility has been cited for serious violations of regulations and rules.
This nursing facility also received six complaints and self-reported six serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Maryland Nursing Home Information Website.
Sykesville Maryland Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of Maryland and Medicare.com routinely update their comprehensive list of deficiencies online to reflect all violations
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Timely Report Suspected Abuse, Neglect or Theft and Report the Results of the Investigation to Proper Authorities – citation date August 3, 2018
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation date August 3, 2018
According to state investigators, “the facility failed to report an injury of unknown origin to the State Survey Agency.” The survey team reviewed a resident’s Progress Notes dated August 1, 2018. The notes revealed that on May 31, 2018, the staff “observed a bruise to the left upper eye of the resident. Upon assessment, the resident denied pain upon palpation, and the skin surrounding the bruised area is intact with no skin tear observed.”
The document states that they will notify the power of attorney and the doctor. However, the surveyors asked a staff member “if the incident was reported to the Office of Health Care Quality as an injury of unknown origin.” The staff member replied, “No, it was not because it was his behavior. He would put his head down on the handrails in the hall.”
The survey team reviewed Emergency Room documentation dated June 1, 2018, that revealed “a chief complaint and history of present illness which stated, presents to the emergency department for altered levels of consciousness for the past twenty-four hours. The patient is from the nursing facility where his caretakers noticed that his left eye had a bruise on it. However, they are not sure if he sustained a fall or not.”
A review of the resident’s Care Plan initiated on June 7, 2018, a week after the incident, “has actual impairment to skin integrity related to fragile skin, discoloration to the left upper eye (suspect that he injured himself while wresting forehead against the wall.)”
On July 26, 2018, the surveyor reviewed the facility’s investigative documentation related to the facility reported incident where the resident “sustained an injury of unknown origin.” It was noted that “the initial report was not sent to the State agency within twenty-four hours of the event as required in the final report was not sent as required within five days of the event.”
The facility “failed to keep a resident environment free of accident hazards.” The survey team reviewed a resident’s medical records that revealed “a change in condition related to a fall on July 10, 2018, at 2:44 PM. The note stated that the beauty shop chair is not fitted properly. The note continued that [others witnessed the resident] on the floor at the beauty shop at 2:00 PM.”
A staff member documented that “I heard someone yelling, so I went over to the beauty shop area, and he was leaning over between two chairs.” I “helped to lower him to the floor. His legs were pinned behind him.”
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Do you believe that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment, abuse, or neglect while living at Birch Manor Healthcare Center? Contact the Maryland nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Caroll County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Sykesville.
We do not charge for case evaluations and consultations. Also, we provide a 100% “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This promise means we will postpone all of your payments for legal services until after we have secured a financial recovery on your behalf. All information you share with our law offices will remain confidential.