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Information & Ratings on Gardens at Wyoming Valley Nursing Center, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
For many years, nursing home residents throughout the United States have been subjected to neglect and abuse by caregivers, employees, or other residents. Many problems with the nursing home industry involve untrained professionals, short staffing, and a lack of supervision that leads to resident-to-resident assault.
If your loved one was injured while living in a Luzerne County nursing facility, contact the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal help. Let our team of lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive monetary compensation to recover your damages.Gardens at Wyoming Valley Nursing Center
This nursing home is a Medicare and Medicaid-participating "for profit" center providing cares and services to residents of Wilkes Barre and Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The 120-certified bed nursing facility is located at:
50 N. Pennsylvania Ave
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania 18701
Gardens at Wyoming Valley Nursing Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Gardens at Wyoming Valley Nursing Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes pain management, palliative care, hospice, wound care, long-term care, respite care, bariatric services, IV (intravenous) therapy, and short-term rehab.Financial Penalties and Violations
The state of Pennsylvania and the federal government have a legal responsibility for monitoring every nursing home. These agencies have the authority to impose monetary penalties or hold payment from Medicare if the nursing facility has violated rules and regulations. Typically, the more serious the violation, the higher the monetary fines, especially if neglect or abuse caused harm or could have caused harm to a resident.
During the last three years, Medicare denied payment on October 19, 2018, due to a lack of quality care.
This nursing home also received twenty-three complaints and self-reported one serious issue over the last thirty-six months that resulted in violation citations. Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Report Website.
Information on every intermediate and long-term care home in the state can be reviewed on government-owned and operated database websites including the Pennsylvania 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 one out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies and Procedures That Prevent Abuse, Neglect, and Mistreatment – citation date May 18, 2018
According to state investigators, “the facility failed to implement established procedures for the investigation of alleged resident abuse and the protection of residents following an allegation of physical and verbal abuse and exploitation of two residents.”
The investigators reviewed the resident’s clinical record and Report Form for Investigation of Alleged Abuse. The document shows that at 9:00 PM one evening, the resident called another resident “a derogatory name.” The reporting resident stated the other resident “had done this in the past, but he is never made a complaint about [the allegedly verbally and physically aggressive resident’s] use of the derogatory term.”
The reporting resident also stated that he told the allegedly aggressive resident “to move out of the way, then [the allegedly aggressive resident] rammed his wheelchair into the back of [the resident’s] wheelchair.”
At the time, two nurses were present “in the dining room” and heard the “verbal argument but did not witness the chair ramming. However, [the nurses] did report that they had to intervene when [the reporting resident] stood up from his chair.”
Both nurses separated the residents and began ongoing monitoring. The threatened resident visited Social Services and stated that “he felt threatened and feels [the other resident] is harassing him.” The Social Services staff member explained that the allegedly aggressive resident “does not comprehend this word (a derogatory term used towards [the reporting resident]) and he has even voiced that he uses it as a term of endearment.”
A police report was filed as per the resident’s request, and the Area Agency on Aging was notified. However, “there was no documented evidence of the actions taken by the facility to protect [the threatened resident] from further potential abuse.”
The facility’s conclusion based on the investigative report indicates that the action was “not actual abuse due to the residents are both competent and have verbal disagreements.” The Nursing Home Administrator “confirmed that the facility’s abuse prohibition procedures were not followed in the response the allegation of verbal abuse made by [the threatened resident].”
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