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Information & Ratings on Epworth Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Many families that cannot provide care for their elderly loved one must entrust that responsibility to the staff and caregivers at nursing facilities to ensure they receive the best services in a compassionate and safe environment. It can be especially devastating to learn that your loved one was neglected, abused or mistreated by the very individuals that were hired to provide their protection.
In many incidents, the nursing home is understaffed or staff with Nurses and Nurses’ Aides that lack the training required to provide the best care. If your loved one was abused, mistreated or died unexpectedly while residing in a Blair County nursing facility, the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys are ready to help. Our team of lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you are adequately compensated for your financial damages and that those responsible for harming your loved one are held legally accountable. Let us begin working on your case today.Epworth Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
This Center is a 102-certified bed Facility providing services to residents of Tyrone and Blair County, Pennsylvania. The Medicaid/Medicare-approved “for-profit” Long-Term Care Home is located at:
951 Washington Avenue
Tyrone, Pennsylvania, 16686
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Memory support
- Social services
- Private and semi-private rooms
Pennsylvania and federal government agencies have the legal responsibility of monitoring every nursing home and imposing monetary fines or denying reimbursement payments through Medicare if investigators identify serious violations and deficiencies. These penalties are typically imposed when the violation is severe and harmed or could have harmed a resident.
Within the last three years, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies have not fined Epworth Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. However, within the previous thirty-six months, the facility has received nine formally filed complaints and reported to the State Agency that there were facility-related issues that resulted in a citation. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing facility.Tyrone Pennsylvania Nursing Home Residents Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the state of Pennsylvania routinely updates their long-term care home database system. This information reflects a complete list of health violations, dangerous hazards, safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, and filed complaints that can be found on numerous sites including PA Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov.
According to Medicare, this 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 four out of five stars for quality measures. The Blair County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Epworth Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- 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 Services Provided by the Nursing Facility Meet Professional Standards of Quality
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment and Care to Prevent the Development of New Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies that Forbid Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated November 2, 2017, a state surveyor documented the nursing home’s failure to “ensure that a personal safety alarm was in place for [one resident] who experience a fall that resulted in a fracture.” That investigator also documented the facility’s failure “to ensure that the staff [safely transported residents].”
The facility’s admittance records revealed that the resident was admitted to the facility “after experiencing a fall with a fracture. The MDS assessment reveals that the resident required the extensive assistance of two staff for transfers and needed staff assistance to balance herself. The resident’s Care Plan … revealed that the resident was at risk for falls and was to use pressure sensing alarms on her bed and wheelchair.”
A review of the facility Incident Report revealed that the resident “was found on the floor in her room, bleeding from the right nostril. The resident’s bed alarm was not sounding.” Before the incident, “the resident was placed in bed by the therapy staff. The resident’s nose appeared to deviate to the left, and her right cheek and periorbital (around the eye) were reddened. The incident report indicated that the resident was put into bed by the therapist, and the alarm was not transferred from the wheelchair to the bed.”
The investigator stated that there was “no documented evidence that the [resident] clinical record indicated that he was assessed to determine if it was safe for the resident to be transported in a wheelchair without a footrest.” An observation was made of the resident being transported down the hall in his wheelchair by a Nurse Aide. The wheelchair was “without a footrest in place.”
The state investigator interviewed the Nurse Aide who had been “employed by the facility for one month and did not know where the footrests were kept, as therapy dealt with all of that.” The investigator interviewed a Registered Nurse providing [the resident] care who “confirmed that the footrest should have been applied to the resident’s wheelchair before the Nurse Aide transported the resident.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 25, 2018, a state investigator documented that the nursing home failed to “ensure that a resident’s responsible party was notified of changes in the physician’s orders” concerning the resident. The state investigator reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment that indicated that “the resident was confused, had no pressure ulcers (skin or tissue impairment caused by pressure).” However, a subsequent Nursing Note revealed that the resident “had an area skin breakdown on the sacrum that measured 1.8 cm x 1.0 cm. The physician was notified, and orders were received.”
The nursing staff was provided guidance by the doctor on applying a protective barrier ointment to “the wound twice a day, and for wound consultation.” However, there was “no evidence that the resident’s responsible party was notified about the wound and the physician’s orders.” The investigator also stated that there was “no documented evidence of the resident’s responsible party being notified about the development of the open area on the sacrum and the Physician ordered treatments.
The state investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who confirmed that “there was no documented evidence that the resident’s responsible party was notified about the development of the open area on the sacrum or the Physician-order treatments to the area.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 25, 2018, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “clarify physician’s orders for wound consultation recommendations and blood sugar monitoring.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two residents at the facility.”
A review of a resident’s wound clinic consultation revealed that the resident “had an unstageable pressure ulcer (a wound caused by pressure where the true depth and state cannot be determined because it is covered with yellow, tan, green, brown or black tissue) by less than 0.2 cm that had undermining (wound under the skin) that measured 1.8 cm.” The wound also “had a fungal [medical condition] to the peri-wound (skin surrounding the wound). The plan was to cleanse the wound with normal saline cream” and “apply Medi-honey” to the wound base daily, and cover with foam dressing.”
However, the investigator reviewed the resident’s Treatment Administration Record (TAR) that indicated “that the treatment to the sacrum included skin prep (a liquid that forms of a protective film on the skin) to the peri-wound, not the recommended “medication] cream. There is no documented evidence that the recommendations from the wound clinic were clarified with the resident’s attending physician.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 25, 2018, the state agency surveyor “determined that Physician order treatments for pressure ulcers were not completed as ordered.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved three residents at the facility.” In one incident, the state investigator reviewed a resident’s Wound Note that “revealed that the resident had a stage IV pressure ulcer of the sacrum that measured 0.7 cm x 0.5 cm x 1.0 cm with undermining.” A review of the resident’s Treatment Administration Record (TAR) “revealed that there was no documented evidence that the treatment of the sacrum was completed during the day shift” on two separate occasions and “during the evening shift” on two separate occasions.
The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who “confirmed that there was no documented evidence that [three resident’s] wound treatments were completed on the above dates as ordered by their physicians.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 23, 2017, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “prevent the misappropriation a medication for [one resident].” The investigator reviewed the facility’s policy regarding Abuse and the policy for Discarding and Destroying Medications hat read in part:
“Misappropriation includes deliberate misplacement, exploitation, or wrongful, temporary or permanent use of a resident’s belongings or money without the resident’s consent.”
“Controlled substances are to be taken out of the original container [and] mixed with an undesirable substance, such as sand, coffee grounds, kitty litter, or other absorbent materials. The waist mixed year is then to be placed in a sealable bag, empty can or another container to prevent leakage, and the substance is to be disposed of in the solid waste (regular trash) in the presence of two witnesses. The disposal is to be documented on the medication disposition record and include the signature of at least two witnesses. The destruction of the controlled substance is to render the substance non-retrievable.”
A review of the controlled drug record indicates that “21.5 mL of medication was destroyed” by two Licensed Practical Nurses. Facility Investigation Information documentation revealed a bottle of medication labeled with the resident’s name prescription and information “was found hidden in the medication room on the fourth-floor nursing unit.” However, “there was no documented evidence regarding the disposition of the missing 7.5 mL [of the medication].”
The facility’s investigation information contained a statement from the Licensed Practical Nurse indicating that “she observed another Licensed Practical Nurse destroy [the resident’s] medication by placing it in a [disposal] solution. A statement from the Licensed Practical Nurse indicated that she spoke to [a Licensed Practical Nurse in charge of destroying the medication who stated that] she had hidden the bottle of [liquid drug] in the medication room and used it for other residents.”
The investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses who confirmed that the resident’s “controlled drug record indicated that 21.5 mL of [the resident’s medication] were present at the time the medication was supposedly destroyed and that only 14.0 mL was present in the bottle at the time was found in the medication room. She confirmed that they were not able to determine the disposition of the missing 7.5 mL.
If you and your family believe your loved one has suffered injuries or harm while a resident at Epworth Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 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 Blair County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Tyrone. Our knowledgeable attorneys offer legal representation to patients with cases that involve abuse and neglect happening in public and private nursing facilities. 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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