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Information & Ratings on Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is often the most painful and challenging decision anyone can make. We need to entrust the care of our loved one to the nursing facility and ensure that they are treated with the respect, compassion, and dignity they deserve. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents become the victims of negligence, mistakes or abuse that might be occurring in an unsafe, uncomfortable environment. Many victims feel abandoned or are subjected to sexual assault, physical abuse or damage from defective equipment. The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented many families in Tioga County to ensure that their negligent caregivers are held legally and financially accountable. We can help your family too.Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center
This Center is a 120-certified bed Facility providing services to residents of Wellsboro and Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The “not-for-profit” Long-Term Care Home is located at:
1883 Shumway Hill Road
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, 16901
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- Personal care
- Short stay rehabilitation
- Outpatient therapy
It is the responsibility of federal and state investigators to penalize any nursing home that has violated a rule or regulation that caused harm or could have caused harm to a resident. Many of these penalties involve monetary fines or denial of payment for Medicare services. Over the last three years, the government has not fined Broad Acres Health and Rehab Center. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website about this nursing facility.
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that every long-term care facility offers in their community, the state of Pennsylvania routinely updates their comprehensive list of opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, and health violations of homes statewide and posts the resulting data on the Medicare.gov website. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a private 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 Tioga County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have viewed deficiencies and safety concerns at Broad Acres Health and Rehab that include:
- Failure to Respond Appropriately to All Alleged Violations
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Remains Free from the Use of Physical Restraints Unless Need for Medical Treatment
- Failure to Ensure the Resident’s Environment Remains Free from Accident Hazards and Is Provided Adequate Supervision to Prevent Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 8, 2018, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “thoroughly investigate a resident’s allegation of sexual abuse.” The investigator reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Prevention and Reporting: Resident Mistreatment, and Neglect, Abuse, Including Injuries of Unknown Source, and Misappropriation of Resident Property. The policy read in part:
“Prevention includes identifying, correcting, and intervening in situations where abuse, neglect or mistreatment are more likely to occur. This includes, but not limited to, the identification and analysis of residents with needs and behaviors that might lead to abuse (e.g., resident-to-resident altercation).”
Definitions included in “the policy include clarification that even though a resident may have a cognitive impairment, they still could commit a willful act.” The investigator interviewed a resident who revealed that “she was emotionally upset and crying while she reported that [a male resident] entered her room in the middle of the night and raped her.” The resident said that “a Nurse Aide told her to keep her mouth shut because it would make too much paperwork.” The resident “also stated that the nurse disposed of the condom found on the floor by her bed with a glove to avoid anyone seeing it in the garbage and creating too much paperwork.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s Social Services documentation indicating that the allegedly aggressive sexually assaulting resident “exhibited people-seeking behavior and had his room moved.” Social Services documentation revealed that the writer was with the resident “for two days who was upset by another [allegedly sexually assaulting] resident who was now moved to a different room. The writer indicated that all staff provided support and reassurance and that [the allegedly abused and assaulted resident’s] husband had stayed longer for his daily visits. The documentation did not indicate what upset the [allegedly abused and assaulted] resident that required supporting reassurance by staff for two days.”
Documentation shows that the facility had the nursing staff perform a physical examination “more than a month after the alleged incident” and “found no negative findings.” A review of the facility’s investigation concerning the allegation made by the allegedly raped resident confirmed that the resident’s “recount of the details of the event included that the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) disposed of a condom. A staff witness statement (missing an incident date and time) reported seeing [the allegedly abusive resident in the assaulting resident’s] doorway without any pants on. The statement also included noting a fecal smear mark on [the allegedly assaulted resident’s] bed.” A statement from another witness that was missing an incident date and time “reported notifying the supervisor that the resident (not clarifying which resident) was found naked sitting on the bed in [the allegedly abused resident’s] room. The statement did not specify which of the two beds the naked resident was on.”
Further reports showed that statements from two staff members “included in the investigation noted that [the abusive resident was making an allegation concerning the perpetrator who] used a condom; but that the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) disposed of it. The witness statement from the Licensed Practical Nurse (named as the one who allegedly disposed of the condom… and] noted that [the alleged perpetrator] went into the [allegedly assaulted resident’s] room, had been incontinent of bowel, was sitting on the edge of the resident’s bed, had taken off his boxers, and put them in the resident’s trash can.”
The investigator noted that the facility “did not interview the Licensed Practical Nurse to either confirm or dispute the allegation of abuse condom. The facility failed to initiate an investigation timely when becoming aware of a resident-to-resident interaction that caused the [allegedly abusive resident’s] emotional distress.” The survey team also stated that the facility failed to “thoroughly investigate pertinent details (e.g., incident dates and times, specific locations, presence/absence of a condom) before [they] unsubstantiated the allegation.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 8, 2018, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "document an ongoing reevaluation of the need [to use a] restraint for [one resident] reviewed for restraint use.” The state investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses who revealed that “the facility had no policy regarding the process to ensure ongoing monitoring for restraint necessity and the resident’s response (e.g., the frequency of assessment).”
Surveyors noted that the “facility provided a Physical Restraint: Decision Tree that indicated the facility would monitor a resident’s response.” However, the investigator documented that the decision tree “did not indicate the documentation retained or the frequency of the monitoring.”
The incident involved a resident who was observed while “in her wheelchair with the seat belt secured around her waist.” The investigator reviewed the resident’s clinical record that revealed a “Physical Device and Alarm Evaluation (assessment use for the ongoing monitoring and evaluation for the continued use of a physical restraint).” The document “confirmed the device was to prevent [the resident] and falling by preventing her rising from her wheelchair unassisted. The form confirmed that the device met the criteria of the restraint.”
However, a review of the “clinical record contained no evidence of a [recent] assessment. The investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses who “confirmed that the resident’s medical record did not contain evidence of an assessment of [a recent] clip seat belt.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 8, 2018, a state investigator documented the nursing home’s failure to “thoroughly investigate falls and implement interventions to prevent further falls.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two residents at the facility. The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled Incident/Accidents Investigative Report that read in part:
“The facility is to investigate incidents/accidents to determine possible causative factors and implement interventions that may prevent the recurrence of the same or similar events. The purpose of the policy includes [revising] the resident’s Plan of Care accordingly.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s clinical records that revealed “she had ten falls” within a short time frame. In one incident, staff found the resident “on the floor defecating with her pants pulled down around her knees. Her alarm was sounding. There were no known injuries. Staff reviewed her bowel pattern and continued to toilet her every two hours.” At a different time, the same resident’s “roommate rang her call bell to alert staff that [the resident] was on the floor. According to the roommate, [the resident] was reaching for the newspaper. There was no indication whether her alarm sounded. There were no known injuries. There was no documented evidence that any new interventions had been implemented.”
A third incident involved the resident found by staff members when the resident was “on the floor, on her knees in her room, with urine under her. She said she fell getting out of bed trying to go to the bathroom. There were no known injuries. There was no indication as to whether the alarm sounded. Nursing staff referred her to physical therapy for evaluation, but there was no documentation of the results of the evaluation.” A fourth incident involved a Nurses’ Aide who witnessed the resident falling “out of her wheelchair onto the floor [and] hitting her head.” The nursing assessment revealed that she had a 5.0 cm x 4.0 cm hematoma on her left forehead and a scalp shape like a doughnut with a round indent/abrasion in the center. The outer edge was purple in color. Maintenance tipped her wheelchair back for better positioning. There was no mention of the seat belt in the investigation.” Many other additional incidents occurred without interventions indicated in the clinical reports.
The state investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses who revealed that “the facility could not provide evidence of the evaluation of a pummel/antitrust cushion [and] could provide no evidence that [the resident] ever [underwent trials to] use the device.”
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injury or harm while residing as a resident at Broad Acres Health and Rehab, contact the Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 now. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Tioga County victims of mistreatment living in long-term centers including nursing homes in Wellsboro. For years, our attorneys have successfully resolved nursing home abuse cases just like yours. Our experience can ensure a positive outcome in your claim for compensation against those that caused your loved one harm. 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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