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Chester Nursing Home
Abuse, mistreatment, and neglect in nursing facilities are all too common occurrence. According to statistics maintained by Medicare, thousands of American nursing homes are cited for abuse and neglect. Every year residents are suffering neglect and mistreatment at the hands of their caregivers. Many residents are victims of physical, emotional, and mental abuse, sexual assault, and financial exploitation. The South Carolina Nursing Home Law Center lawyers at (800) 926-7565 have helped thousands of nursing home residents and their families in resolving their valid legal claim to receive financial compensation from the assisted living center, nursing home or rehabilitation facility and can help your family too.Chester Nursing Home
This Nursing Facility is a 'for profit' Home providing services to residents of Chester and Chester County, South Carolina. The Medicaid/Medicare-accepted 100-certified bed Center is located at:
1 Medical Park Dr.
Chester, SC 29706
Chester nursing facility is a part of the Chester Regional Medical Center that provides patients with various care that include:
- Critical care medicine
- Digestive health care
- Diabetes care
- Heart care
- Geriatric services
- Medical emergency
- Pediatric care
- Kidney disorders
- Ear, nose and throat care
- Nutritional services
- Orthopedic care
- Respiratory care
- Primary care
- Women's health care
- Surgical services
- Sleep medicine
Both the federal government and the state of South Carolina can impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare of any nursing facility that has been found to have violated the established nursing home rules and regulations. Over the last three years, this facility has not received any levied monetary fine for violations. Additional information concerning fines and penalties can be found on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website concerning Chester Nursing Home.Chester South Carolina Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the State of South Carolina and the federal government routinely update their nursing home websites that show comparison analysis of nursing facilities across the United States. Some of this information can be found on Medicare.gov through their star rating summary system. The data provides a comparison look at the effect of the level of care each facility provides to the residents. Currently, Chester Nursing Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This rating includes one of five stars for health inspections, four of five stars for staff ratings, and one of five stars for quality measures. The Chester County nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have many safety concerns, deficiencies, and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident's Doctor or Family Members of a Change in the Resident's Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 27, 2018, the state investigator documented the facility's failure to "ensure that the physician was notified as ordered when [the resident] finger stick blood sugars went above 400." The incident involved one resident at the facility who was reviewed for hospitalization. Records show that the resident "had a finger stick blood sugar [level] above 400 on May 28, 2018 and June 2, 2018 with no physician notification as ordered" a further review of the resident's medical records revealed "a nurses note dated August 20, 2018, that indicated the resident had a finger stick blood sugar level of 438 at 4:30 PM with insulin given and rechecked every 30 minutes. There is no documentation to indicate the physician had been called/notified as ordered."
The surveyor also reviewed a June 2, 2018 Nurses Note that indicated the resident had a finger stick blood sugar [level] of 452 at 11:30 AM with 12 units of insulin given per physician's orders. There is no documentation to indicate the physician had been called/notified as ordered." The state investigator interviewed the License Practical Nurse providing the resident care on the afternoon of June 26, 2018, revealed "the electronic medical record and 24-hour reporting confirmed the findings of the physician was not notified of the finger stick blood sugar of over 400 as ordered. On the morning June 27, 2018, it was revealed that "there was no documentation to indicate the physician was notified of the finger stick blood sugar over 400 on May 28, 2018, and June 2, 2018."
- Failure to Provide Adequate Staffing Every Day to Meet the Needs of Every Patient and Have a Licensed Nurse in Charge on Each Shift
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 27, 2018, a state surveying agency documented the nursing home's failure to "maintain sufficient staffing to provide care and services to the residents of four units reviewed during the survey." The investigator's findings included a review of the Resident Council Minutes revealing a grievance log of an ongoing issue involving call light response time. The investigator documented the call light response was an ongoing issue. The investigator interviewed a resident's responsible party who stated: "that it could take up to 30 minutes for the facility staff to answer the call light." The Responsible Party "also stated that when staff did not respond after waiting, staff with verbalizing to [the resident] that it took so long to respond because the facility was short staffed."
The investigators interviewed the Director of Nursing "regarding a different resident on June 26, 2018, at 11:00 AM." The Director stated that "the splints have not been applied because we probably had staffing issues on those days and did not have anyone to place them." The investigator interviewed the Resident Council on June 25, 2018, to reveal "staff issues are ongoing and that it still takes time for staff to respond to call lights. Some of the residents expressed having wet themselves because staff were taking too long to respond to call lights. They expressed this issue has been going on for approximately five months."
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) providing care to the resident's was interviewed on June 27, 2018 and revealed that they watch "over 30 residents and do not have enough time in the shift to finish tasks without sacrificing breaks or staying late." The LPN also stated that "the facility is aware of the staffing problems in short staffing, and they try to get people to work overtime and are trying to hire new staff." An interview with a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) confirmed "concerns with staffing." The CNA "stated that nurses, restorative, and activities staff are often pulled onto the units to help out."
The investigators interviewed the facility Director of Nursing on the morning of June 27, 2018, who "confirmed that staff from activities and restorative of staff are pulled a couple times a week to work as a CNA." The Staffing Coordinator stated that morning that "turnover rate was high." A review of the Turnover Report that day revealed "a 20% turnover rate for skilled nursing care over the period of a year."
- Failure to Serve Food to Residents According to Professional Standards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 27, 2018, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to ensure that all staff members working in the kitchen have proper care restraints in place." The investigator's findings included a random observation of the kitchen made on the morning of June 26, 2018, that "revealed that a food service staff member was in the food preparation area without a hair restraint. An interview with the Food Service Director revealed that [they] would expect food service members to wear the proper hair restraints when in the kitchen area." The investigator reviewed the facility's Food Service's Policy on Care Restraints that states:
"Food employee shall wear hair restraint such as hats, hair coverings or nets, beard restraints, and clothing covers body hair, that are designed and worn to effectively keep their hair from contacting exposed food."
The documentation also revealed that "facial hair must be effectively restrained as per local and state regulations."
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Receives an Accurate Assessment by Qualified Health Professional
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 23, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to ensure each resident had an accurate, comprehensive assessment for dental status" and "an accurate, comprehensive assessment for nutritional status."
The state investigator conducted an observation of the facility on the morning of February 21, 2017, when a resident "was observed to be edentulous [without teeth] except for one broken tooth in the lower front of her mouth." A review of the resident's MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment dated August 1, 2016, documented that they were unable to examine the resident for the assessment.
The investigator then reviewed the resident's Quarterly MDS assessment which "indicated there were no dental concerns and did not identify her dental status as being [a dental problem for] having one broken tooth in her mouth." A previous Quarterly Assessment also "indicated there were no dental concerns." The investigator interviewed the MDS coordinator on the morning of February 22, 2017, who confirmed that "the MDS assessments for dental status were incorrect for [that resident] and she would modify the current MDS…"
A review of the resident's weight revealed that the female resident weighed 169 pounds on November 28, 2016, 130 pounds on December 19, 2016, and 125 pounds on January 20, 2017. The MDS coordinator was interviewed about the significant weight loss of the patient in three weeks and confirmed that [the MDS assessment for weight loss was inaccurate."
- Failure to Develop a Comprehensive Care Plan That Meets All of the Resident's Needs with Timetables and Actions That Can Be Measured
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 23, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to develop a Comprehensive Care Plan for [a resident]. Specifically, the facility failed to ensure that [a resident] had a person-centered and measurable care plan for activities."
The investigator reviewed the resident's Minimum Data Set (MDS) dated May 20, 2016, which revealed that the resident "has short- and long-term memory problems and is severely impaired for decision regarding tasks of daily life." The resident's Medical Records also revealed a prognosis that the resident's condition of chronic disease "may result in the life expectancy of fewer than six months." A review of the resident's Preferences for Routine & Activities revealed that the resident "was not assessed for daily preferences, activity preferences, interview with primary respondent (resident, family/significant or interview could not be completed), and staff assessments of daily activities and preferences were not completed."
The last revised Activities Care Plan dated July 28, 2016, revealed that the resident "was dependent on staff for meeting emotional, intellectual, physical, and social needs related to physical limitations and cognitive deficits. The goal was that the resident would respond to one on one visits or activity verbally or with facial expressions. There was no documentation on the activity sheets regarding that the one on one visits consisted of, the duration of visit, or what the resident's participation and response was to the activity."
The investigator reviewed the resident's November 2016 through February 23, 2017 Activity Sheets that show the resident "was only seen by the Activity Staff thirteen times. There was no documentation on the Activity Sheets regarding [what] the one on one visits consisted of, the duration of the visitor what the resident's participation response was to the activity." Additionally, there was no documentation on the one on one visits in the quarterly activity report.
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