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Information & Ratings on Bradford County Manor, Troy, Pennsylvania
Mistreating the elderly in nursing facilities is reprehensible, unacceptable and disgraceful. When families entrust the care of their loved one to the nursing home staff, they place their full faith that that their family member will be treated compassionately in a safe environment. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect in nursing facilities happen all too often, scarring the victim with physical and emotional injuries that Impact their daily life. The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented many Bradford County residents who were injured at the hands of their caregivers or by other residents to ensure they are financially compensated for their damages, and we can help your family too.Bradford County Manor
This facility is a 200-certified bed “government-owned” Long-Term Care Home providing services and cares to residents of Troy and Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The Center is located at:
15900 Route 6
Troy, Pennsylvania, 16947
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Bradford County Manor also offers:
- Respiratory therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Psychiatry care
- End of life care
- Respite care
- Dementia/Alzheimer’s care
- Memory support care
- Nutritional services
State and federal investigators have the legal authority to penalize any nursing home cited for serious violations of regulations and rules. These penalties include levying monetary fines and denying payment of Medicare services. Within the last three years, Bradford County Manor has not been fined by the federal government agencies. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing facility.
Comprehensive research results can be reviewed on the Medicare.gov nursing home database that details all dangerous hazards, opened investigations, health violations, safety concerns, filed complaints, and incident inquiries. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care long-term care facilities in the local community provide their residents.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Bradford County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found numerous safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this Nursing Home that include:
- Failure to Provide Timely Notify the Resident before a Transfer or Discharge
- Failure to Ensure Residents Do Not Lose the Ability to Perform Activities of Daily Living Unless There Is a Medical Reason
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident Is Provided an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision to Prevent Accidents
- Failure to Implement Gradual Dose Reductions and Non-Pharmacological Interventions Unless Contraindicated
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Programs That Control or Prevent Infection from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 15, 2018, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “notify resident in writing of a transfer to the hospital.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved five residents at the facility. In one incident, the state surveyor documented that there was “no evidence a written notification was provided to [the resident] or his representative regarding the transfer that included the required contents.” The notification should provide answers including the “reason for the transfer, the effective date of the transfer, location to which the resident was transferred to, contact and address information for the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and information for the Agency responsible for the protection and advocacy of individuals with developmental disabilities.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility Nursing Home Administrator who “confirmed that the facility did not provide [the resident] with the required written notice of the transfer.” The review of the resident’s clinical records revealed that the resident was transferred out for an emergency “due to her condition.” However, the clinical record “contained no evidence of written notification to either the resident or responsible party regarding the transfer that included the required contents of the list above.” The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who “confirmed that the facility failed to provide [the resident] or responsible party the required written notice of the transfer.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 15, 2018, a state investigator documented the facility’s failure to “provide restorative treatment and services for [one resident].” The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Activities of Daily Living that read in part:
“The interdisciplinary team will evaluate changes in the resident’s functional status via MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessments. Changes in condition will be assessed, and referrals for rehabilitation consult and the restorative nursing program will be communicated.”
However, a review of the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessments indicated that “the facility assessed him as being independent for bed mobility and transfers.” The resident “was assessed as being independent with set up help only for eating and toilet use.” Subsequent MDS documentation “now indicated that the facility assessed him as needing the limited assistance of one person for bed mobility, transfers, and eating. The facility assessed [the resident] as needing the supervision of one person for toilet use.” However, “there was no documented evidence in [the resident’s] clinical record indicates the facility made referrals for rehabilitation consult or restorative programs once the changes were noted.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 15, 2018, a state investigator noted concerns of the facility's failure to "ensure an environment free from potential accident hazards on one of five nursing units.” The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Tobacco Product Usage/Smoking Policy that read in part:
“To provide an optimum safe environment, the facility will observe a Tobacco Use Policy for all residents, staff, visitors, and volunteers. All cigarettes and lighters are to be kept at the Nurse’s Station on the resident’s unit unless an individualized Plan of Care states otherwise.”
The investigator interviewed a resident who “revealed that he goes outside the smoke whenever he wants.” The resident stated that “his tobacco is kept behind the nurse's desk and the medication room.” The resident said that “he keeps his lighter in a bag adapted to his motorized wheelchair [and] when the lighter is kept in a common area, anyone who needs to borrow it does, and it goes missing.” The investigator observed the resident’s room that “revealed a large pair of scissors hanging from an open shelf.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s clinical record and Admission Smoking Assessment that revealed the resident was capable of being independent. However, “the assessment did not include the storage of smoking materials.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 15, 2018, a state surveyor documented the nursing home’s failure to “ensure a resident’s medication regime was free from potentially unnecessary medications.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two residents at the facility.
In one incident, the state investigator reviewed the resident’s clinical record that revealed “Social Services documentation” that was conducted “during a mood interview with the resident when she reported that although she has days when she is chipper in the morning that by the afternoon she is not.” The resident “was in high spirits and very talkative during the visit.” The investigator reviewed the physician documentation that “did not indicate that an attempt to gradually reduce [the resident’s anti-psychotic medication] dose in the past was unsuccessful. The documentation did not indicate what ongoing psychotic behaviors warranted declining an attempt to reduce the dose at that time.”
The documentation also revealed that the “facility was unable to provide evidence that the staff identified a non-pharmacological approach to meet [the resident’s] need to improving sleep before quadrupling antipsychotic medication doses. The facility also failed to ensure [the resident’s] clinical record contained evidence of the presence of targeted behaviors to support the ongoing use of the antipsychotic medication at the lowest possible dose.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 15, 2018, a state investigator noted concerns of the facility's failure to "implement an infection control program to prevent the potential spread of infection.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident at the facility. As a part of the investigation, the surveyor reviewed the facility policy titled: Contact Precautions that read in part:
“Contact precautions shall be used in addition to standard precautions for residents with specific infections that can be transmitted by direct or indirect contact, and that gloves should be worn upon entering the room and while providing care for the resident.”
The state investigator observed a resident when “she was in her room with multiple facility employees [walking] in an out of the resident’s room. The employees did not have gloves or a gown on during multiple trips in and out of the room, repositioned the resident and touching her belongings.” One employee brought the resident “in a wheelchair out to sit by the nurse’s station.”
At a different time, a follow-up observation “revealed the resident was sitting at the Nurse’s Station, coughing at times, and multiple staff members were observed wiping the resident’s mouth of saliva excretions with a towel, and no gloves were worn.” In one case, a resident “began treating the resident without gloves being used.” At a different time, the resident was “sitting at the Nurse’s Station in her wheelchair. Multiple facility employees walked by the resident and gave her a hug. [During these times], the employees were not wearing a gown or gloves.”
On a different incident, “a visitor with the dog was observed stopping by the resident as she sat in the hallway. The resident petted the dog and then tightly hugged the visitor around the neck.” One employee “indicated to the visitor she is a hugger. The visitor was never informed not to have physical contact with the resident.”
The surveyor interviewed the facility’s Assistant Director of Nurses who stated that if “staff [members] are going to have direct contact with the resident on contact precautions, they should be gowned or gloved, or both, depending on what they were touching. She then stated if they were going to be rubbing against the resident …, they should be gowned.” The Assistant also said that “if they are touching secretions [around] the area of the source of the infection, they should be gloved.” During an interview with the Director of Nurses and Nursing Home Administrator, it was “confirmed that employee should have been gowned or gloved when having direct contact with [the infected resident].”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated December 21, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility’s failure to “implement an infection control program to prevent the potential spread of infection for [two residents at the facility].” As a part of the investigation, the investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Contact Precautions that read in part:
“Contact precautions for residents known or suspected to have infectious diseases or epidemiologically significant pathogens transmitted by direct resident contact or by contact with items in the resident's environment. Gloves should be worn upon entering the room and while providing care for a resident. A gown should be worn upon entering the room if it is anticipated that clothing will have substantial contact with the resident, environmental surfaces, or items in the resident's room.”
“After removal of the gown, clothing should not contact potentially contaminated environmental surfaces. Resident activities may need to be limited. If the resident leaves the room, precautions should be maintained to minimize the risk of transmission of microorganisms to other residents and contamination of environmental surfaces or equipment.”
The facility sent a report to the Philadelphia Department of Health indicating that eight residents had a “red, raised occasional itchy, rash.” In one incident, a resident had “a rash on her trunk and arms” two weeks after she arrived at the nursing facility.” It later spread and became “a raised rash noted to bilateral arms and chest.”
The investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses and an Assistant Director of Nurses/Infection Control Coordinator who revealed that “the facility’s policy for contact precautions requires the use of gowns and gloves when coming contact with the resident or the resident’s environment.” There was additional confirmation the resident “left the unit with her son while on contact precautions for a rash of unknown origin. The facility had no evidence that contact precautions were maintained upon the resident’s removal from the unit.”
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