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Hickory Creek of Athens Nursing Center
This center is a 117-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility providing services to residents of The Plains and Summit County, Ohio. The "for profit" long-term care home is located at:
51 East 4Th Street
The Plains, Ohio 45780
Hickory Creek of Athens Nursing Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Hickory Creek of Athens Nursing Center offers other services. These services include hospice care, respite care, behavioral care, and restorative care including physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
Ohio 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, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against Hickory Creek of Athens Nursing Center for $2,080 on March 15, 2016, citing substandard care.
This nursing facility also received one complaint and self-reported two serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional information about this nursing home can be found on the Ohio Long-Term Care Consumer Guide.
The Plains Ohio Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of Ohio and Medicare.com routinely update their comprehensive list of deficiencies online to reflect all 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 three out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor or Responsible Party of a Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury – citation #F157 date September 28, 2017
- Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Area Remained Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provide Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation #F323 date January 11, 2017
According to investigators, “the facility failed to ensure a resident’s blood sugars were adequately monitored and the Physician was notified of low blood sugar’s as per the parameters included in the orders.”
A review of the resident’s medical records indicated there was “an order to check the resident’s blood sugar before meals and at bedtime with instructions to give [a fast-acting insulin use to lower blood sugar’s] per sliding-scale.” The nursing staff had strict orders to notify the Physician “if the resident’s blood sugar was less than 70 mg/dL.”
The investigators interviewed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who “confirmed there was no documented evidence of the resident’s Physician being notified timely of [the resident’s] low blood sugar [at 11:00 AM until later that day at 7:33 PM].” Also, the LPN “could not find documented evidence of the resident’s blood sugar being checked [on that day at 4:00 PM] when the resident received the scheduled dose of [her insulin] before her evening meal.”
The nursing home “failed to ensure fall interventions were in place for [a resident] at the time of a fall.” The investigative team reviewed the resident’s Fall Risk Assessment that revealed the resident “was identified as a high risk for falls.”
The nursing staff monitor the resident using a sensor bed alarm and were to check the function of the device twice a day. On December 2, 2016 at 10:45 PM, the resident “was found sitting on the floor under another resident’s bed. Fall interventions in place at the time of the fall or a parameter mattress, the bed against the wall, floor mat and hipsters as tolerated.”
The surveyors reviewed the Falls: Fall Prevention Program Policy dated October 18, 2001 and revised in June 2006. The policy documents that “if the resident scored higher than a 10 on the Fall Risk Assessment, he/each would have appropriate fall prevention interventions put in place.” However, and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “revealed a new fall intervention was to be implemented after each resident fall and a new intervention was not implemented for the fall on December 2, 2016.
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