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Information & Ratings on Hearthside Rehab Center, State College, Pennsylvania
Mistreating senior citizens living in nursing homes is an unacceptable, reprehensible, and disgraceful action done by the hands of caregivers, visitors, and other patients. Many families relocate their loved one into the nursing home, believing that they will receive the highest level of care in a safe environment. Unfortunately, neglect and abuse are an all too common occurrence that leaves victims harmed, injured, or dead.
If your loved one was injured while living in a Centre County nursing facility, contact the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Let our team of dedicated abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you are financially compensated for your monetary damages.Hearthside Rehab Center
This long-term care facility is a 157-certified bed "for profit" home providing services and cares to residents of State College and Centre County, Pennsylvania. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating center is located at:
450 Waupelani Drive
State College, Pennsylvania 16801
Hearthside Rehab Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Hearthside Rehab Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes comprehensive transitional care, x-rays, labs, and patient education.
The federal government, through nursing home regulatory agencies, can impose fines or deny payment for Medicare services for any nursing facility with severe violations of rules and regulations. Typically, hefty fines are levied against the nursing home when the most egregious violations have occurred that harmed or could harm a resident.
Within the last three years, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against Hearthside Rehab Center for $16,205 on October 27, 2017, citing substandard care. This nursing facility also received nineteen complaints and self-reported two serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations.
Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Report Website.
The federal government and Pennsylvania Department of Public Health website update comprehensive information containing historical details of all citations and violations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of New Bedsores or Allow Existing Pressure Wound to Heal – citation #F314 date October 27, 2017
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from Spreading – citation #F441 date October 27, 2017
According to state surveyors, “the facility failed to prevent skin breakdown resulting in harm.” The survey team reviewed a resident’s clinical record that revealed: “the facility admitted [the resident to the nursing home, indicating that] there were no skin issues.” Other skin assessments revealed that the resident was “at low risk for developing a pressure sore.”
A review of the resident’s Plan of Care indicated “that he was at risk for alteration skin integrity related to fragile skin.” One intervention included that staff “was to pad the tubing around his ears and check for skin breakdown around his ears and nasal passages when providing care.”
A review of nurse documentation revealed that “staff requested that the Registered Nurse (RN) come to [the resident’s] room to visualize a wound behind his left ear. It was noted that he had a pressure ulcer. The wound bed had slough (dead tissue) that was yellowing [and painful]. There was thick yellow drainage noted from the wound.”
The surveyors interviewed the Director of Nursing, who “confirmed the above information. There is no further documentation indicating staff completed skin checks when providing care. The resident was discharged from the hospital [and] failed to return to the facility.”
The nursing home “failed to provide an environment free from the potential spread of infection on three of four nursing units (Beaver, Heirloom, and Nittany Units).” The facility failed to provide “a policy regarding infection control.”
The survey team observed the Beaver Nursing Unit. In one incident, the surveyors observed a housekeeping employee picking up a garbage can “off the floor beside [a resident’s] bed. The housekeeper put the can directly on [the resident’s] bed to change or add garbage can liners, then placed a garbage can back on the floor.”
The surveyors interviewed a Registered Nurse (RN) who revealed: “that since there was no hopper on the Nittany Nursing Unit, the staff rinses the bedpans either in the resident’s bathroom sink or in the sink in the soiled utility room.” The surveyors observed the Soiled Utility Room that revealed “soiled linen bag stacked three deep. The waste can next to the sink was overflowing. There was an odor of urine.”
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