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Information & Ratings on Cheswick Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, Cheswick, Pennsylvania
With the population living longer than ever before, many senior citizens in America are moving into assisted living centers, rehabilitation facilities, and nursing homes. Unfortunately, not all receive safe and appropriate care by the nursing staff who often subject the resident to abuse, neglect or mistreatment. Many victims are abused because the staff withholds shelter, food, protection or healthcare. Other facilities are maintained by professionals who lack sufficient training or supervision to ensure resident safety. The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented many nursing home victims in Allegheny County to ensure their family is financially compensated for their damages and the abusers are held legally accountable. We can help your family too.Cheswick Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
This facility is a Medicaid/Medicare-approved 121-certified bed “for-profit” Long-Term Care Home providing services and cares to residents of Cheswick and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Center is located at:
3876 Saxonburg BlvdFinancial Penalties and Violations
Cheswick, Pennsylvania, 15024
Pennsylvania and the federal government have the legal obligation to monitor every nursing facility and impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare if the home has violated established nursing home regulations and rules. In severe cases, the nursing facility will receive multiple penalties if investigators find the violations are severe and harmed or could have harmed a resident. Within the last three years, Cheswick Rehabilitation and Wellness Center has not been fined by the federal government but has received 38 formal complaints. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing facility.
Detailed information on each long-term care facility in the state can be obtained on government-run websites including the PA Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov. These regulatory agencies routinely update their list of opened investigations, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, safety concerns, and incident inquiries on nursing homes statewide.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Allegheny County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies, dangerous violations and safety concerns at Cheswick Rehabilitation and Wellness Center that include:
- Failure to Respond Appropriately to All Alleged Violations
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Protocols and Procedures to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
- Failure to Make Sure the Nursing Home Remains Free of Accident Hazards, and Residents Are Provided Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- Failure to Provide A Safe, Clean, Comfortable and Homelike Environment
- Failure to Give Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores from Developing or Allow Existing Pressure Wounds to Heal
- Failure to Listen to the Resident or Family Groups or Act on Their Complaints or Suggestions
- Failure to Employ or Obtain outside Professional Resources Providing Services in the Nursing Home That Meet Professional Standards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 6, 2018, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “identify and investigate incidents of possible neglect and abuse.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected five residents at the facility. The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Resident Related Concern/Grievances and a separate policy titled Resident Abuse both dated April 19, 2017, that reads in part:
“Concerns shall be investigated … to provide for follow-up of concerns expressed by residents, family members, and visitors, which may affect the quality of care delivered.”
“All residents be afforded basic human rights, including the right to be free from abuse, neglect, mistreatment, exploitation or misappropriation of property.”
“All reports of an allegation of abuse/neglect will be investigated and the Executive Director, as the Abuse Investigator, is responsible for ensuring that an investigation is completed timely, a detailed report is prepared, and findings are reported to the appropriate official/agencies as required.”
The state surveyor reviewed a resident’s Concern Form dated February 8, 2018, that “indicated that his nurse makes them sit in his wheelchair or even if he is in too much pain and says if he can go out and smoke, he can sit in his chair. He also feels she dismisses his complaints of pain.” A Concern form involving a different resident dated February 7, 2018, “indicated that the nurse from the previous night was nasty and he was mean.” The resident said, “that she was going to be sick and asked for help and he threw a towel at her and walked away.”
The investigators interviewed the Nursing Home Administrator who “acknowledged that the… concerns were not thoroughly investigated for abuse and neglect.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated October 11, 2017, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "maintain adequate infection control practices on two of three pantries [second- and third-floor pantry].” The state investigator also documented the facility’s failure “to maintain infection control practices for one resident with a nephrostomy tube (a sterile tube placed directly into the kidney for drainage of urine).” The state survey team interviewed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who “confirmed that they nephrostomy tube should have been hung above the floor to prevent contamination.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated November 14, 2016, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to " maintain safe water temperatures (up to 110°F) in resident’s rooms (second- and third-floor nursing units) and one” shower room on the first floor. The investigator noted that the hot water temperatures maintained at the facility were not within “federal and state standards. Hot temperatures will be maintained to an acceptable level for the safety of the residents and the staff.”
Also, the investigator noted that the law requires “hot water temperatures will be checked daily within the facility by Maintenance and or the Management Staff and documented in the Facility Water Temperature Log.” The state survey “staff had informed the Nursing Home Administrator of hot water temperatures found in resident shower rooms on the first floor” exceeded 110°F.” An interview with the Maintenance Director revealed that they were “unaware of a problem with the hot water.”
During the investigation, temperatures in the first-floor shower room reach 116.5°F, and hot water temperatures in resident’s rooms ranged from 113.9°F to 117.1°F. The investigator interviewed the Nursing Home Administrator who “confirmed that the water temperatures were above the guidelines and the facility failed to maintain safe hot water temperatures.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated November 14, 2016, a state agency investigator noted the facility’s failure to “maintain a safe, homelike environment for two of three nursing units” including the second- and third-floor nursing units. During observations made on November 7, 2016, the surveyor identified “that the third-floor shower room flooring was lifted and there was missing faucet handles in one of two bathtubs.” An employee at the facility “confirmed that the shower room flooring was lifting and there was a missing faucet handle.”
A later observation “revealed that the third-floor dining area/activity room had buckling of floor tile and wallpaper coming off the lower portion of the wall.” A different observation “revealed that the second-floor shower room ceiling tile was stained above the tub and that two radiator covers were rusted with flaking paint.” A Registered Nurse admitted during an interview on November 7, 2016, that “there are a lot of leaks in the building.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated November 14, 2016, a state agency investigator documented the facility’s failure to “maintain accurate and complete pressure ulcer nursing and physician assessments.” The deficient practice of the nursing facility involved three residents. The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Pressure Ulcer Record dated May 31, 2016, that reads in part:
“Pressure ulcer records will include the site, state, size (length, width, and depth), tissue type and color, wound edges and drainage, peri-wound characteristics (surrounding skin) and will be completed weekly.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) that showed the resident was suffering from bedsores that had “slough or eschar (yellow or black dead tissue) may be present at some parts of the wound bed, often include undermining and tunneling).” However, a review of the Wound Care Physician Initial Evaluation “did not include an assessment of the wound measurements, staging or characteristics.”
The investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses who “confirmed that the wound care physician evaluations for [the resident] did not have a comprehensive assessment of the wound including characteristics and size.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated November 14, 2016, a state investigator noted the nursing home’s failure to “document how they address resident grievances and concerns identified during Committee Meetings for six months” from May through October 2016.” The investigator reviewed the meeting minutes that “revealed the facility failed to document how they address resident grievances and concerns.” The survey team interviewed the Food Service Director who “confirmed that the facility failed to document how they addressed resident grievances and concerns.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated October 11, 2017, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "provide physician-ordered care to [one resident at the facility].” The investigator reviewed the resident’s clinical face sheet that outlined the resident’s diagnoses and a scheduled orthopedic appointment for September 20, 2017.” The investigator stated that the resident “was not sent on the appointment [because] the facility did not have a contract in place with a transportation group due to the facility’s change in ownership.”
The investigators interviewed an employee who verified that the resident was “not taken to his appointment with the orthopedic physician due to the facility not having a contract in place with the transportation group due to the recent ownership change in the facility.”
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