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Information & Ratings on Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
It is often the most heart-wrenching decision to place a loved one in a nursing facility when the family can no longer provide the care they need to ensure their safety and well-being. However, far too often, the nursing home fails to provide the best level of care, especially in facilities that are staffed with inadequately trained Nurses and Nurses’ Aides or homes that are mismanaged through bad policies and procedures. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse in Franklin County is a serious problem. The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented many victims of abuse and neglect and have held responsible caregivers and others at fault for mistreatment legally and financially accountable. Let our team of attorneys begin working on your case today to protect your rights.Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (SFF)
This Long-Term Care Home is a Medicaid/Medicare-approved 186-certified bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Chambersburg and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The “for-profit” Facility is located at:
201 Franklin Farm Lane
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 17201
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing services, the facility also offers:
- Short-term and long-term care
- Infusion therapy
- Tracheotomy care
- Medication management
- IV (intravenous) and enteral therapies
- Post-surgical stabilization
- Diabetes care
- Wound care
- Bariatric care
- Nutritional support
- Hospice and respite care
- Respiratory therapy
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Rehabilitation care
- Restorative nursing care
- PICC line care
- Dialysis care
- Palliative care
Medicare has labeled the Falling Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as a Special Focus Facility (SSF) because of persistently substandard quality of care as determined by federal and state inspection teams. This designation means that the nursing home is subjected to more frequent surveys and inspections, escalating monetary penalties and the potential of being terminated from Medicaid and Medicare.
The federal government and the state of Pennsylvania are authorized tp penalize any nursing home with monetary fines or deny payment for Medicare services when the facility has been cited for serious violations of rules and regulations. Within the last three years, Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has received 60 complaints, and self-reported one issue that resulted in a citation. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing facility.
Families can visit the Medicare.gov website and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health website to obtain a complete list of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, and incident inquiries in nursing homes in local communities. The regularly updated information can be used to make a well-informed decision on which long-term care facilities in the region provide the highest level of care.
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 Franklin County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (SFF) that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- Failure to Gradually Reduced the Dose of Psychotropic Medications and Instead Implement Non-Pharmacological Interventions
- 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 Provide Care for Residents That Keeps or Builds Their Dignity and Respect of Individuality
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 2, 2018, a state surveyor documented the nursing home’s failure to “ensure that injury prevention devices were in place as ordered by the physician.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident.
The state investigator observed a resident and noticed that the “resident was lying in her bed without hipsters on.” The investigator interviewed a nursing aide providing the resident care who “confirmed that the resident did not have hipsters on and… after checking the resident’s clinical record, the nurse confirmed that the resident should have had hipsters on.” A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) also confirmed that the resident “was to have hipsters on at all times and she needed to be checked regularly to ensure that they were on.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 2, 2018, a state surveyor documented the nusing home’s failure to "ensure the gradual dose reduction for an antipsychotic medication was attempted” for one resident. The investigator reviewed the facility’s policy regarding the use of psychotropic’s that indicated that
“The facility would ensure that each resident’s drug/medication regimen was managed and monitor to promote or maintain the resident’s highest practicable mental, physical and psychosocial well-being.”
The policy also states that “monitoring would include a reevaluation of behavior symptoms during quarterly Care Plan reviews or with observed changes, to determine the potential for reducing or discontinuing the dose based on therapeutic goals and any adverse effects or functional impairment.”
The surveys team reviewed the resident’s Progress Notes that were documented by a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner who indicated “that the resident was calm and clear and did not indicate that the resident was exhibiting any behavioral issues.” A comprehensive review of the resident’s behavior monitoring records revealed that “the resident did not exhibit any behaviors.”
The resident’s Monthly Pharmacy Consultation Report indicated that a “recommendation was made to consider a trial gradual dose reduction with the goal of discontinuing [the psychotropic medication] while monitoring for any re-emergent of target or withdrawal symptoms. On each of the Pharmacy Consultation Forms, the resident’s physician made a notation in response to the pharmacist’s recommendations, which indicated that a gradual dose reduction was clinically contraindicated.” However, “there was no documented evidence that the resident’s physician provided any clinical rationale for declining to attempt a gradual dose reduction for [the psychotropic medication] as recommended by the pharmacist.”
The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who said that the resident’s “last gradual dose reduction for [their psychotropic medication was done sometime earlier] and there were no further attempts at gradual dose reduction after the medication was increased.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 2, 2018, a state investigator documented that the nursing home failed to “ensure the physician was notified about a change in the condition” for one resident. The investigator reviewed the facility’s policy regarding how to obtain a resident’s weight that “indicated that the resident’s physician was to be notified of any actual 5% or more weight gain or loss in one month.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s Dietary Progress Note that revealed that “the resident had a 9% weight loss and one month in the resident’s weight dropped from 156.2 pounds… to 142.2 pounds.” A notation was made that the Magic Cup (dietary supplement) was added” to the resident’s diet.
Sometime later, the resident’s weight was documented at 148.2 pounds and again at 136.6 pounds which reflected a “7.8% weight loss in one month.” This record was followed by a new measured weight of 149.4 pounds “which was a 9.3% weight increase in two weeks. There was no documented evidence that [the resident’s] physician was notified about the weight loss that occurred… or the weight gain that occurred.” In an interview with the registered dietitian, it was “confirmed that there was no documented evidence that the physician was notified about the resident’s weight loss or gain.” The dietitian confirmed that “the physician should have been notified, and the notification should have been documented in the resident’s clinical record.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated October 25, 2017, the state investigator documented that the facility had failed to “provide care for residents in a manner that promoted dignity.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident “who was incontinent.” The investigator reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment that revealed that the resident “was confused, required extensive assistance with transfers in bed mobility, and was incontinent of bowel and bladder.”
The state investigator observed the resident “sitting near the nursing station in her wheelchair and her pants were visibly wet in the groin area and between her legs.” A Nurse Aide “took the resident into the bathroom, and when the Nurse Aide assisted the resident to a standing position, the resident’s pants were wet in the buttocks and groin areas, and the pressure-relieving cushion on the resident’s wheelchair was also visibly wet.” The Nurse Aide “placed the resident on the toilet and when she was done, the Nurse Aide wiped the resident with toilet paper and put a new incontinent brief on her.” However, the Nurse Aide “did not clean the resident and did not clean or change the wet seat cushion on the wheelchair before placing the resident back into it.”
The investigator interviewed the Nurse Aide who “confirmed that the resident’s incontinent brief was soaked with urine and she did not wash the resident before putting a clean incontinent brief on the resident. She also stated that she was not aware that [the resident’s] wheelchair cushion was wet with urine when she sat down in it.” During an interview with the Director of Nurses, it was confirmed that the resident “should have been cleaned appropriately after being saturated with urine, and her wheelchair cushion should have been washed.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 28, 2017, a state investigator noted the nursing home's failure to “ensure that preventative devices were in place for skin protection.” The deficient practice involved one resident whose MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment revealed that the resident “was confused, did not walk, had decreased movement of one lower extremity, required nursing assistants for all Activities of Daily Living (daily care tasks) and was at risk for skin breakdown.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s Wound Nurse Assessment that revealed upon readmission to the facility “skin over the resident’s heels was intact, without discoloration, not boggy (soft with light pressure), and that although there were no signs of deep tissue injury to his skin, it may appear in 5 to 7 days to his left heel.”
The investigator observed a resident “in bed with one heel boots sitting on a small stand in the room, and the resident’s heels were in direct contact with the bed.” During an interview with a Nurse Aide providing the resident care, it was revealed that the resident’s “heel boots were to be on when he was in his chair. The confirmed that there was only one boot on in the room at that time.”
The state investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses who “revealed the facility’s current computerized system had no place for staff to document the application of heel boots, and that it was listed on the resident’s profile.” A Registered Nurse confirmed that the resident’s “heel boots were to be on at all times when he was in bed.”
If you suspect your loved one has been neglected while a resident in Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (SFF), you must act quickly by calling the Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 to stop the mistreatment now. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Franklin County victims of mistreatment living in long-term centers including nursing homes in Chambersburg. Our knowledgeable attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve nursing home abuse occurring in private and public nursing facilities. Contact us now to schedule a free case evaluation 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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