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Information & Ratings on Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, Beaver, Pennsylvania
Do you suspect that your loved one was mistreated, abused or neglected while residing in a nursing facility? If so, you owe it to them to take the initiative as their advocate to hold the nursing facility accountable. The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented many nursing residents in Beaver County who were mistreated by their caregivers, and employees, other residents, and visitors. We have extensive knowledge of the health care system and fight aggressively on behalf of our clients to ensure their rights are protected.Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
This Nursing Center is a “for-profit” Home providing services to residents of Beaver and Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The 589-certified-bed Long-Term Care Home is located at:
246 Friendship Circle
Beaver, Pennsylvania, 15009
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center also offers:
- On-site dialysis
- Respiratory therapy
- Intravenous (IV) therapy
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Diabetes management
- Bariatric care
- Wound care
- Tube feeding
- Tracheostomy care
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Pennsylvania nursing home regulators and federal inspectors have the legal authority to penalize any nursing home identified as violating rules and regulations that harmed or could have harmed a resident. Typically, these penalties include monetary fines and denial for payment of medical services. Within the last three years, the government has fined Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center twice including a $13,627 fine on January 30, 2017, and a $45,448 fine on July 11, 2017. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website about this Nursing Home.
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that they long-term care facility offers in their community, the state of Pennsylvania routinely updates their comprehensive list of opened investigations, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, health violations, filed complaints, and safety concerns of Homes statewide. The findings are posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health website and at Medicare.gov. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a private, public or government-run facility.
According to Medicare, the facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Beaver County neglect lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center have reviewed severe safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center that includes:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents
- Failure to Provide Residents a Safe, Clean, Comfortable and Homelike Environment
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from Spreading
- Failure to Provide Every Resident, Staff and the Public a Safe, Easy to Use, Clean and Comfortable Environment
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Forbid Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 22, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “make certain that abuse and neglect training was provided for seven … employees reviewed.” The state investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Resident Abuse/Neglect dated September 1, 2016, that revealed in part:
“Abuse and neglect in-service training for abuse and neglect will be provided [before] resident contact and annually.”
However, “a review of employee files for the contracted security company did not include documentation that Abuse and Neglect Training was provided by the facility.” The state investigator observed a security guard (interacting with the resident as they signed in and out of the building.” During a part of the interview with the security guard, it was revealed that “security staff does not get training about abuse and neglect.” The guard also indicated that “residents often talk to [them] about their concerns.” The state investigator interviewed the Supervisor Security Officer who “confirmed that security officers are not provided abuse and neglect training [before] resident contact and updated annually.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 22, 2017, a state investigator documented the nursing home’s failure to “provide a clean, homelike environment on four units” at the facility. State investigator reviewed the facility’s September 1, 2017, Environment Policy that reads in part:
“The facility shall provide a safe, clean, comfortable and homelike environment, allowing the resident to use his or her personal belongings as much as possible. All department and staff shall be responsible [for carrying] out this policy, but nursing, housekeeping, laundry, and maintenance shall be particularly involved.”
The state investigator made observations at the facility on September 18, 2017 “on the two main nursing unit North Hall shower/tub room” that revealed, “a shower curtain off the track, one Hoyer lift, two shower chairs, and a fall mat.” The investigator interviewed a Registered Nurse (RN) who “confirmed the facility failed to provide a clean, homelike environment in the North Hall shower/tub room.”
During that observation, it was revealed that “a garbage bag on the floor contained a soiled adult brief.” A few minutes later, observations were made on the two main North and South unit halls that “revealed peeling edges of wallpaper, border [material] that was rolling at the edges. The wallpaper had stains, glue marks where the paper came together also those edges were rolling off the wall [and the] wallpaper had a dirty appearance. There were numerous stained ceiling tiles, and light coverings contained dead bugs. The South shower/tub room contained a Hoyer lift blocking the tub/shower [which had a] garden hose hooked to the shower head going out the window, which had no screen, onto the roof attached to a sprinkler that was spraying on the air-conditioning unit.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated August 5, 2016, the state investigator documented the facility’s failure to “maintain a clean and homelike environment in the main lobby and on five of the twelve nursing units” including West Wing Second Floor, West Wing Third Floor, Two Main, Three Main, and Five Main nursing units.
In one incident, an observation was made of an electrical outlet in room 279 that was “noted without a cover plate allowing access to the wiring, the doors at the entrance to every room, … storage areas and shower rooms were noted to have scrapes with areas of missing paint. The door jambs to the storage areas, supply rooms and showers, the North kitchen and the resident’s rooms 263, 264, 265, 269, 274, 278 and 280 were noted to have areas of loose, jagged and chipped hard plastic coating.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 22, 2017, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "provide a sanitary environment to prevent possible cross-contamination of disease in five of twelve nursing units.” These units included Two Main Nursing Unit, Three Main Nursing Unit, Grove Two Nursing Unit, Two West Nursing Unit, and Three West Nursing Units. The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Infection Control Program dated September 1, 2017, that indicated that the facility “would provide a safe, sanitary environment to prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection.”
The investigator observed the Two Main Nursing Units and saw “two soiled utility rooms that contain biohazardous waste and hopper sinks were unsecured, accessible to residents and visitors.” The surveying team also saw “the North shower room had fifteen used the disposable razors and four used nail trimmers on top of a closed Sharps container.” The restroom in the South Unit “contained a large biohazardous can next to two resident toilets.”
The surveying team interviewed a Registered Nurse who “confirmed that the facility failed to implement measures to prevent the potential of cross-contamination by securing biohazardous materials.” An interview with the Unit Manager confirmed that “the facility failed to maintain a sanitary environment for one toilet in the community bathroom.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 22, 2017, a state surveyor documented the nursing home’s failure to “provide a sanitary and comfortable environment for four [residents].” The investigator reviewed the facility Maintenance Service and Environment Policy dated September 1, 2017, that read in part:
“A routine maintenance program shall include attention to the exterior of the building including the parking lot, sidewalks and grounds; and the facility is kept clean, comfortable and orderly at all times, odors are controlled through good housekeeping practices.”
However, the investigator conducted a confidential group interview with four residents who “indicated there were offensive smoke smells when the doors to the smoking lounge were left open, and the residents often smoked outside near non-smoking residents and residents who were using oxygen.” The investigator observed the “front of the indoor smoker lounge” and saw the that “the doors were kept open while multiple residents were smoking cigarettes inside the room. A cigarette smoke odor was noted in the hallway.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 11, 2017, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “prevent neglect resulting in a fractured arm for [one resident].” The state investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Turning and Positioning a Resident in Bed dated September 1, 2016, that read in part:
“Staff should review the ADL (Activities of Daily Living Book for current order/specialty positioning information.”
Contact in the Facility - Staff Education titled: Bed Mobility, conducted on May 2, 2017, indicated that “when a resident was turned in bed, staff should turn the resident toward themselves. The contact also included that the air mattress should be adjusted to firm [before] turning the patient.”
However, a review of a moderately cognitively impaired resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment and the current ADL Nurse Aide Information records revealed that the resident “was non-weight bearing on the right lower extremity, was to have two-persons assist for all transfers, had an air mattress on her bed and was to be repositioned every two hours.” A review of information dated June 26, 2017, revealed that the facility submitted to the State Survey Agency information that indicated the resident “was being repositioned by a Nurse Aide when the resident slid off the air mattress and fell onto her right arm, resulting in [a fractured] humerus (upper arm bone).”
The Nurse Aide completed a written statement that was signed by the employee indicating that they had “turned the resident away from her and failed to obtain assistance from another person stating, ‘I can usually do it by myself’, and failed to adjust the air mattress mode [before] attempting to repositioned the resident.” The Hospital physician’s Progress Note dated June 26, 2017, indicated that the resident “had a right distal (lower end) humerus fracture and chronic right femoral neck (upper thigh bone) fracture.”
The state investigator interviewed the Assistant Director of Nurses indicated that the resident “required to persons for repositioning.” The Assistant Director indicated that the Nurse Aide “failed to obtain assistance, properly turn the resident toward her and to adjust the mode of the air mattress to prevent falls resulting in injury.”
If you believe your loved one has suffered abuse, neglect or mistreatment while a resident as a resident at Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center, contact Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 today. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Beaver County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Beaver. Allow our seasoned abuse injury attorneys to file your claim for compensation against every party responsible for causing harm to your loved one. Our years of experience can ensure a successful financial resolution to make sure your family receives the financial recompense they deserve. 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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