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Hickory Creek at Huntington Nursing Center
This Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is a "county government-owned nonprofit" center providing services to residents of Huntington and Huntington County, Indiana. The 36-certified bed long-term care home is located at:
1425 Grant St
Huntington, Indiana 46750
Hickory Creek at Huntington Nursing Center
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Hickory Creek at Huntington Nursing Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes long-term care, and rehabilitative care including physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
Both the federal government and the state of Indiana have the legal responsibility to levy monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare if a nursing home has violated established rules and regulations that harm or could have harmed residents.
Within the last three years, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against Hickory Creek at Huntington Nursing Center for $3,315 on February 24, 2017, citing substandard care. This nursing home also received seven complaints and self-reported one serious issue over the last thirty-six months that resulted in violation citations.
Additional documentation concerning penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Indiana Nursing Home Report Cards Website.
Huntington Indiana Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Our attorneys review data on every long-term and intermediate care facility on Medicare.com and the Indiana Department of Public Health website.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse, Physical Punishment, and Being Separated from Others – citation #F223 date June 2, 2016
- Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Area Remained Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provides Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation #F323 date February 24, 2017
The nursing home “failed to ensure residents were free from mental abuse.” The surveyors reviewed a facility Incident Report that indicated a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “was in the bathroom with [the resident] following and incontinent of bowel episode. The report indicated [that the CNA] was having [the resident] clean the feces off the floor.”
The report indicates that the CNA “instructed the resident to throw the paper towel away.” The resident “missed of the wastebasket and [the CNA instructed the resident] to pick up the paper towel and throw it in the wastebasket again.” The CNA “was immediately suspended pending an investigation.”
According to investigators, “the facility failed to ensure adequate supervision was provided to prevent falls and injuries.” Observations were made of a resident seated in a padded Broda chair (a high back reclining wheelchair) in the hallway. Thigh straps were secured in place.”
The following morning, the resident was observed: “ambulating in the hallway with the assistance of two staff members and a gait belt.” On the third morning, “he was ambulated to the bathroom with the assistance of [two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)] and then assisted to ambulate to do laps around the facility.” The resident was then observed seated in his Broda chair “with the thigh straps secured, outside the Administrator’s office, facing the Activities closet.”
The resident’s current Care Plan details the fall was caused by poor safety awareness and an unsteady gait. A Progress Note indicated that the resident “was unable to emulate on his own but continue to try to do so.” A Progress Note from the following afternoon indicated “therapy working with the resident [who was] ambulating in the hallway and dining room without assistance.” The resident “went to sit down in the dining chair and leaned to the right, causing the chair to tip and he fell.”
Later that evening at 10:01 PM, the resident was seated in the dining room chair when he “stood up and attempted to ambulate before falling to the floor. The note indicated he got up again and fell again, stood up again, and fell again, was assisted to his feet and ambulated to the room.”
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