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Information & Ratings on Clepper Manor, Sharon, Pennsylvania
Nursing home caregivers are required to provide every resident a reasonable level of quality care in a safe environment. Residents who have been mistreated, abused or neglected have the legal right to seek financial compensation from the employee, nursing professional, and the facility. For years, Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented Mercer County nursing home residents to hold the parties at fault for negligence and abuse accountable for their actions. Let us help your family too.Clepper Manor
This Nursing Center is a “for-profit” Medicaid/Medicare-approved Home providing services to residents of Sharon and Mercer County, Pennsylvania. The 54-certified bed Long-Term Care Home is located at:
959 East State Street
Sharon, Pennsylvania, 16146
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- Nutritional services
- Respite care
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Outpatient therapy
- X-ray and laboratory services
The investigators for the federal government and state of Pennsylvania nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal authority to impose monetary fines or deny payment for Medicare services if the nursing facility is cited for serious violations of rules and regulations. Neither the state nor federal nursing home regulatory agencies have fined Clepper Manor within the last three years. However, the nursing home has received ten formally filed complaints. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing facility.
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health database system for a complete list of dangerous hazards, filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations, and incident inquiries. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and health care.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Mercer County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies, hazardous violations and safety concerns at Clepper Manor that include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident’s Doctor or Responsible Party of a Change in the Resident’s Condition including a Decline in Health or Injury
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Protocols and Procedures to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
- Failure to Give the Resident’s Representative the Ability to Exercise the Resident’s Rights
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident Receives Food That Accommodates Their Allergies, Intolerances, and Preferences
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 6, 2018, a state investigator documented that the nursing home failed to “informed the physician of a change in condition.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident. The investigator reviewed the facility’s current policy titled: Care of Skin Tears – Abrasions and Minor Breaks that reads in part:
“Notify the physician of any abnormalities (i.e., excessive bleeding, localized swelling, redness, drainage, tenderness, pain, etc.).”
The state survey team reviewed a resident’s nurse’s notes dated January 17, 2018, documented by the Wound Nurse that revealed the resident “had a purplish ecchymotic area to the right upper thigh measuring 21.0 cm in length by 20.0 cm in width.” The resident denied being in pain or injured and could move their bilateral extremities “without limitation.”
However, Nurses Notes between January 23, 2018, and January 28, 2018, revealed that the resident “was medicated for right thigh pain.” The January 30, 2018 Nurse’s Notes revealed the resident “was found teary-eyed, complaining of right thigh pain” and another note from the same day about three hours later revealed that the resident’s “right thigh was bleeding in small amounts.”
The surveyor documented that even though the resident “experienced pain at the site and began bleeding at the site, … the physician was not notified until January 30, 2018 (eight days after the initial notation of pain) of the change in condition.” The investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses who “confirmed that there was no evidence to indicate the physician was made aware of a change in condition between January 23, 2018, and January 30, 2018.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated September 12, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility’s failure “to notify the physician of pressure ulcers in a timely manner for [one resident].” The investigator also stated that the nursing home “failed to notify the responsible party of changes” in the resident’s condition. The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Pressure Ulcer Treatment data May 17, 2017, that reads in part:
“Upon identification of a Stage I pressure ulcer, the physician should be notified and obtain a new treatment order if indicated.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s Clinical Admission Observation dated August 23, 2017. The document “indicated that there were five areas marked as Stage I (a persistent area of skin redness without a break in the skin) and also marked five areas indicated at Stage II (partial thickness skin layer loss-present as an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater).”
However, the state investigator noted that the “documentation lacked evidence of notification to the physician for orders for treatment. Notification to the physician and treatment orders are not obtained until August 25, 2017, two days after the initial identification of the pressure ulcers.” The state survey team interviewed the Nursing Home Administrator who “confirmed that the treatment orders had not been obtained until two days after the initial identification of [the resident’s] pressure ulcers.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 12, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “re-assess pressure ulcers in a timely manner for [four residents].” The investigator also documented the facility’s failure “to provide treatment as ordered for [one resident].”
The investigator noted that the wound management documentation “did not include the staging of the identified pressure ulcer for the appropriate monitoring/treatment.” During an interview with the Nursing Home Administrator, it was confirmed that the resident’s “pressure ulcer documentation lacked staging and additionally confirmed at the time of the interview that [the resident’s] wound documentation lacked evidence of staging.”
Concerning one incident, there was a lack of documentation “regarding the dressing changes that revealed from August 4, 2017, to August 8, 2017. For five days, the morning dressing change was not completed as ordered.” The Nursing Home Administrator “confirmed the lack of assessments from May 27, 2017, to July 5, 2017, and the lack of staging on the wound management forms for [one resident].” The Administrator also confirmed that the resident’s “dressing change was not completed twice daily from August 4, 2017, to August 8, 2017, as ordered.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 16, 2017, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "maintain appropriate infection control measures during the administration of an injection.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident at the facility.” The state surveyor observed a medication administration on March 13, 2017, when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was “administering an insulin injection into the stomach area of [a resident] and had not donned gloves [before] giving the injection.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Nursing Home Administrator who “confirmed that the facility policy did not indicate that the staff had to wear gloves when administering insulin injection to residents.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 12, 2017, a state surveyor documented the nursing home’s failure to “honor the rights of the resident’s Power of Attorney (POA) regarding medication administration.” The investigator reviewed the facility’s Resident Rights that states that “the resident may refuse treatment, to the extent permitted by law and that if incapable of making decisions, these rights evolve to [the resident’s] Power of Attorney.”
The resident’s Care Plan shows that the resident “had cognitive loss and dementia (difficult thinking and remembering).” The resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident “had short and long-term memory problems and moderate cognitive impairment.” A review of the resident’s Medication Administration Record (MAR) plus shows that the medication was “on hold.” The documentation shows that the resident’s responsible party was “refusing the new order and [the physician ordered medication was] not administered. On hold (power of attorney) refusal.”
During an interview with the facility Administrator, it was noted that the resident’s “responsible party had concerns about [the drugs being prescribed for agitation].” The Administrator said, “that the facility had told the Power of Attorney to call the physician, that the facility did not notify the physician of the refusal and that the medication was given as ordered and was not held as requested by the POA.”
The investigator interviewed a facility’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who stated that the resident’s Power of Attorney “had adamantly refused the [agitation medication] and that the nursing supervisors were made aware.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 6, 2018, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "provide foods of choice” concerning three residents at the nursing home. An observation was made of a dinner meal on February 3, 2018, where one resident stated “that they had not received the peaches and cream nor the tomato soup that they had chosen for the dinner menu. A review of the meal ticket provided on [the resident’s] tray indicated the resident had ordered tomato resident soup and peaches and cream.” The investigator interviewed the Dining Service Director who” confirmed the missing items from the residents’ dinner trays.”
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