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Information & Ratings on Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Altoona, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys represents victims of nursing home assault and abuse occurring in Pennsylvania. Our team of dedicated abuse prevention lawyers has handled cases where Blair County nursing home residents were mistreated by the staff members of the medical team, Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, visitors, employees, and other patients.
If your loved one was injured, abused, or mistreated at any Pennsylvania nursing facility, contact us today. Let us represent your family to ensure you receive monetary compensation to recover your damages.Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
This long-term care center is a "for profit" 133-certified bed home providing cares to residents of Altoona and Blair County, Pennsylvania. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
700 S. Cayuga Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602
Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes stroke rehab, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, diabetes management, dialysis care, wound care, pain management, respite, hospice, palliative care, IV (intravenous) therapy, and restorative services involving physical, speech and occupational therapies.Financial Penalties and Violations
The investigators for the federal government and state of Pennsylvania nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal authority to impose monetary fines or deny payment for Medicare services if the nursing facility is cited for serious violations of rules and regulations.
The nursing home also received twenty-nine complaints over the last three years that resulted in a violation citation. Additional information about this nursing home can be found on the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Report Website.
The state of Pennsylvania and Medicare.com routinely update its comprehensive list of deficiencies online to reflect all violations of state and federal laws.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Timely Report Suspected Abuse, Neglect or Theft and Report the Results of the Investigation to Proper Authorities – citation date June 29, 2018
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation date June 29, 2018
According to state investigators, “the facility failed to report multiple incidents of resident-to-resident abuse that were perpetrated by [one resident].” A review of a Social Service Note indicated that one resident in the facility “revealed that another resident allegedly grabbed [her] by her arms and squeezed them tightly.” The reporting resident “was very upset and yelled for help.” The staff immediately separated the residents, and the reporting resident “was tearful and emotional.”
A subsequent Nursing Note indicated that a third resident and that resident’s family member “pointed out a bruise and skin tear on the resident’s left and right wrist, and stated that the new resident grabbed [her] that morning when [she] was trying to keep the new resident out of her room.”
Another Nursing Note revealed the assaulting resident was aggressive toward the resident and “pulled the hair on the back of her head and grabbed her left wrist as she was attempting to enter another resident’s room.” The aggressive resident “was removed from the area and redirected.”
A note involving the aggressive resident revealed that the assaulted resident “was sitting in her wheelchair by the entrance to her room when [the aggressive resident] was attempting to enter her room.” The aggressive resident was behind the female resident “and had a hold of [her] left wrist.” The aggressive resident “was observed grabbing the back of [the female resident’s hair, causing her neck to extend to a posterior (backward) direction.
The surveyors noted that “there was no documented evidence that these incidents of resident-to-resident abuse perpetrated by [the aggressive resident] were reported to the Department of Health.” The Director of Nursing revealed that “she was unaware that the federal regulations required her to report these incidents. Therefore, they were not reported.”
The nursing home “failed to ensure that the residents’ environment remained free of accident hazards caused by the physical behaviors of [one resident].” The surveyors determined the facility “failed to complete a thorough investigation of falls to determine possible causes, and if care-plan interventions were in place.”
A review of a resident’s Minimum Data Set Assessment revealed that the resident was admitted to the facility and was “confused, required supervision with ambulation, and had wandering behaviors.” This resident needed to be separated from others because of aggressive physical contact.
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