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Information & Ratings on Fair Acres Geriatric Center, Lima, Pennsylvania
Every nursing home in Pennsylvania has a legal obligation to provide each patient with the highest level of care according to established standards of quality. Unfortunately, many nursing staff will fail to follow the traditional procedures and protocols that can lead to preventable accidents, injuries, and the development of life-threatening bedsores.
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This long-term care home is an 874-certified bed center providing cares and services to residents of Lima and Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The "city government-owned not-for-profit" Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
340 N. Middletown Road
Lima, Pennsylvania 19037
Fair Acres Geriatric Center
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Fair Acres Geriatric Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes social services, nursing care, medical care, therapeutic activities, and rehabilitation.
The state of 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 facility has violated established nursing home regulations and rules. In serious 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, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against Fair Acres Geriatric Center for $9,558 on October 29, 2018, citing substandard care.
This nursing facility also received seven complaints and self-reported two serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional documentation concerning penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Report Website.
The state of Pennsylvania and federal government nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their care home database system. This list contains historical information of all citations and violations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of out of five stars, including out of five stars concerning health inspections, out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation date October 29, 2018
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor or Family Member of a Change in the Resident’s Condition – citation #F580 date May 29, 2018
According to state investigators, “it was determined that the facility failed to ensure residents were free of an accident during a transfer by a mechanical lift.” The deficient practice resulted “in actual harm to a resident sustaining a fall who required a transfer to a hospital.”
The incident involved a severely, cognitively impaired resident who “was an extensive assist with one person for bed mobility, total dependence with two persons, and [the resident] did not walk in the last seven days.” The resident’s Nursing Note revealed that the resident “fell while being assisted from the stretcher to the chair. A laceration was noted at the occipital head (the area located at the rear of the head) with bleeding and slight indentation to the back of the head.
The nursing staff notified the Physician, and the resident “was sent to the hospital at 5:15 AM.” The survey team reviewed the facility investigation fall incident and written statement documented by a Nurse Aide. The documentation shows that “the other Nurse Aide had clipped both clips on the left side and thought the clips were secure, but the clips became detached on the lower left side of the Hoyer (a type of mechanical lift) pad during the transfer process.” The resident “rolled out and fell to the floor.”
The nursing home “failed to notify the Physician of a change in condition [promptly].” A review of the resident’s Nursing Note documented at 11:15 PM stated that “the resident’s daughter was there with the resident and concerned that the resident’s breathing problems are worse and would like pneumonia (ruled out) and an increase in (blood pressure) to be elevated.”
At that time, the resident had a pulse of 130 where 60 to 100 bpm is normal and a respiratory rate of 22 where 12 to 18 breaths per minute is normal. The resident’s blood pressure was 173/99 were normal is 120/80. The nursing staff added the resident’s name to the Physician’s book to be “evaluated in the morning.”
However, at 3:40 AM, the nursing staff called the Physician who ordered the resident to be sent to the hospital. The Director of Nursing verified that the Physician should have been notified at 11:15 PM when the resident had abnormal vital signs.
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