Nursing home residents are abused, mistreated and injured in a variety of ways including through neglect, receiving substandard care, sexual assault, and financial exploitation. Some facilities are understaffed or provide inadequate training to their nurses, and nurses' aides and others create problems with medication errors where one resident is given another resident's drugs, the wrong dose or do not provide a resident their prescribed drugs. The South Carolina Nursing Home Center Attorneys at (800) 926-7565 have reported nursing home abuse on behalf of our clients to ensure that the proper authorities take the adequate measures to stop the mistreatment immediately. Also, we seek financial compensation for victims who have suffered significant injury at the hands of their caregivers.Dundee Manor
This Nursing Center is a 'for profit' 110-certified-bed Home providing cares to residents of Bennettsville and Marlboro County, South Carolina. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Facility is located at:
401 Bypass, West
Bennettsville, SC 29512
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Dundee Manor also offers:
- Extended Stay
- Short-term rehabilitation
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
Both the federal government and the state of South Carolina have the legal responsibility to levy monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare if a nursing home has violated established rules and regulations that harm or could have harmed residents. Within the last three years, Dundee Manor has received three monetary fines including a $5200 fine on June 9, 2016, $15,580 fine on December 13, 2017, and a separate $13,627 fine on December 13, 2017. Additionally, regulators denied one payment by Medicare over the last 36 months. More information about penalties and fines can be found on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website concerning Dundee Manor.Bennettsville South Carolina Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Information on every nursing home in the United States can be viewed on federal and state database websites including Medicare.gov. These government regulatory agencies regularly update the list of filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, and opened investigations on facilities nationwide. Many families use this extensive information to make an informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of nursing care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Dundee Manor maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis rating summary system. This rating includes one of five stars for health inspection problems, three of five stars for staffing issues, and two of five stars for quality measures. The Marlboro County nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have located various safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Include Physical, Mental, Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment and Neglect by Anybody
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 13, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to ensure the resident remained free of abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident property or exploitation." Two residents at the facility were reviewed for abuse and neglect. The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident at the facility who "was noted with an injury of unknown origin. The resident was found to have a dislocated shoulder. The investigation into the incident revealed several staff members admitted to transferring the resident as a two-person assist, while the resident required a mechanical lift."
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was noted by others "to walk around with a walker mocking [the resident]." The mocking incident "was recorded by a Certified Nursing Assistant and the video was uploaded to a social media website. The state investigator reviewed the facility's Abuse Prohibition/Investigation Policy that indicates staff members:
"Will be responsible for identifying and reporting occurrences that may constitute events of abuse and neglect. Examples in the policy involving abuse and neglect could include 'suspicious bruising or any injury of unknown origin.' Anyone who witnesses an incident of suspected abuse is to tell the abuser to stop immediately and to report it to the nursing supervisor immediately. All reports of suspected abuse must be reported to the Administrator immediately. The family is to be notified of the facts surrounding the allegations. The state/federal reporting requirements for alleged incident must be followed. The Administrator will report the findings of all completed investigations per state requirements."
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies and Procedures That Prevent or Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 13, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to develop and implement written policies and procedures that prohibit abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident property or exploitation or established policies and procedures to investigate any such allegations." The incident involved a resident who "was noted with an injury of unknown origin. The resident was found to have a dislocated shoulder. The investigation into the incident revealed several staff members admitted to transferring the resident as a two-person assist, while the resident required a mechanical lift." The incident involved a Licensed Practical Nurse mocking a resident using a walker that was videotaped by a Certified Nursing Assistant and uploaded to a social media website." The resident "was noted to have an allegation of physical abuse by a CNA. The facility did not obtain statements from other staff who were on duty on the unit at the time of the alleged incident."
- Failure to Timely Report Suspected Abuse, Neglect and Report the Results of the Investigation a Proper Authorities
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 13, 2017, the state investigator noted that the facility had numerous failures. One of these deficiencies included a failure "to ensure that all alleged violations involving abuse, neglect, exploitation or mistreatment, including injuries of unknown source, are reported immediately, but not later than two hours after the allegation is made, if the events that caused the allegation involving abuse result in serious bodily injury, to the State Survey Agency." The incident involved a resident who "was found to have a dislocated shoulder as an injury of unknown origin.
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident's Doctor or Family Member of a Change in the Resident's Condition Including a Decline in Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 13, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to immediately inform the resident's physician when there was an incident involving the resident which resulted in injury and had the potential for requiring physician intervention." The deficient practice involved a resident who "was noted with bruising to [their] arm on November 11, 2017. The physician was not notified, and there was no Incident Report completed when the bruising was initially found. The physician was notified on November 17, 2017, an x-ray was obtained which showed a display shoulder." The incident required the resident being sent "out to the emergency room."
Finding by the state investigator included a review of the resident's Nurse's Notes and Weekly Nursing Summary from September 10, 2017. The documentation "indicated the resident is to be transferred by one or to assist." The November 3, 2017, at 5:51 PM Nursing Note indicated "a bruise was noted to the resident's left eyebrow. The first shift Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) stated [the bruise] was there at the start of [their] shift, the nurse looked at the left padded side rail and had to re-adjust the padding because the rail was exposed. The medical doctor and responsible party were contacted. The nurse's notes dated November 3, 2017, and 9:56 PM indicated a purple color bruise was noted on the left side of the resident's eyebrow; area measures 2.5 cm x 3.2 cm."
- Failure to Develop and Implement a Complete Care Plan That Meets All the Resident's Needs
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 13, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to develop and implement a comprehensive person-centered Care Plan for each resident." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a resident who "was noted with bruising to [their] arm on November 11, 2017. The physician was notified on November 17, 2017, an x-ray was obtained which showed a displaced shoulder. The resident was sent out to the emergency room. The facility investigation revealed that several staff [members were] not following the resident's Plan of Care."
- Failure to Ensure That the Nursing Home Is Free of Accident Hazards and Residents Are Provided Adequate Supervision to Prevent Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 30, 2017, the state surveyor documented the facility's failure to "ensure each resident received adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a resident who "was noted with bruising to [their] arm on November 11, 2017." A Certified Nursing Assistant providing the resident care noticed that the resident's arm on November 16, 2017 "still had some bruising but also the entire upper arm around the elbow and above was swollen." A Registered Nurse providing the resident care "noted this on the night shift, so [they] gave a report to the oncoming nurse so [they] could call the doctor and get an order."
On that day, the resident grimaced "when the arm was touched or moved." The Registered Nurse "indicated [they were] not aware that the Director of Nursing did not know about the bruising to the resident's arm as it was already on alert charting two days prior to [their] first assessment of it. There was no statement from the [Registered Nurse], who first noted the bruise to the resident's arm in the nursing notes on November 11, 2017."
During an interview with the state surveyor, the Director of Nurses stated that "nursing did not complete an incident report for the bruising of the resident's arm at all. There should have been an incident report completed when it was noted on November 11, 2017. The bruising of the resident's arm and dislocated shoulder was not noted on the facilities incident log."
- Failure to Verify That Every Nursing Aide Has Received Adequate Training to Ensure Resident Safety
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 30, 2017, notations were made that the facility "failed to receive registry verification before allowing an individual to serve as a Nurse Aide. A review of the facility files revealed three Certified Nursing Aides who are registry verification did not have the date when they were completed." The state investigator interviewed the Director of Nursing who confirmed that "the registry verifications did not contain the dates checked."
- Failure to Ensure Nurse's Aides Have the Skills They Need to Care for Residents and Give Nursing Aides Education and Dementia Care and Abuse Prevention
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 30, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to ensure in-service training was sufficient to ensure the continuing competence of nurse's aides but must be no less than 12 hours per year. The facility was not monitoring the in-service training hours for Certified Nurse Aides."
The document revealed that the facility employed all nurse aides working at the facility. The surveyor, during the extended survey, requested "individual training records for all CNAs (Certified Nurse Aides). The facility was unable to provide the information. In an interview with the surveyor on December 13, 2017…, the Director of Nursing stated they "did not have the information requested [and] have not calculated the training hours for the CNAs."
The Nursing Home Law Center attorneys provide legal representation to South Carolina nursing home residents who have suffered neglect, abuse, and mistreatment at long-term care centers like Dundee Manor at the hands of their caregivers. If your loved one was mistreated, abused, injured or died unexpectedly from neglect while residing in a nursing home in Marlboro County, let our team of dedicated lawyers protect your rights. Contact the Bennettsville nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 today to schedule a free case consultation to discuss filing a claim for financial compensation to recover your damages. Let our team of attorneys begin working on your case to take to ensure that your family receives the financial compensation they deserve for their damages.
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