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Laurels of Coldwater Healthcare Center
This long-term care center is a "for profit" 169-certified bed home providing cares to residents of Coldwater and Branch County, Michigan. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
90 N Michigan Ave
Coldwater, Michigan 49036
Laurels of Coldwater Healthcare Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Laurels of Healthcare Center offers other services. The services include long-term care, respite care, hospice, palliative care, short-term rehabilitation, and outpatient therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
Both the State of Michigan and the federal government can impose a monetary fine or deny payments through Medicare when a nursing facility has been found to violate established regulations and rules. The greater the monetary fine, the more serious the violation is that likely harmed or could have harmed one or more residents at the nursing home.
Over the last thirty-six months, investigators imposed two massive monetary penalties against Laurels of Coldwater Health Care Center siding substandard care. These penalties include a $104,400 fine on February 23, 2017, and $54,145 fine on October 4, 2016, for a total of $158,545. During that time, Medicare denied payment for services rendered on two occasions on June 1, 2018, and February 23, 2017.
The nursing home also received forty-five formally filed complaints and self-reported seventeen significant issues that have all resulted in citations. Additional information about penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Nursing Home Reporting Website.
Coldwater Michigan Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The federal government and Michigan 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, two out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Remains Free from the Use of Physical Restraints Unless Need for Medical Treatment – citation date June 12, 2018
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from Separation from Other Residents, Their Room, or Confinement from the Room – citation date June 12, 2018
The facility “failed to follow the restraint policy for [one resident] reviewed for restraints, resulting in a loss of freedom of movement.” The surveyors observed the resident in bed “with a tube feeding running.”
At the time of the observation, the resident’s “wife and son were at the bedside.” The resident’s “wife signed the consent for a full lap restraint. Note Care Plan documentation regarding the restraint [guided the nursing staff] when to put it on or take it off, etc.”
The investigators interviewed the Unit Manager who indicated that “the resident was to have the lap restraint removed every fifteen minutes and, once the lap buddy was removed, staff would assist him to stand up.”
Surveyors observed the resident on the morning of June 7, 2018 “while he was in his wheelchair with his lap buddy in place as he sat in the TV room across from the nurse’s station. His wife was sitting next to him throughout the observation. During the one hour and 15-minute timeframe, no staff member approached [the resident] to remove his lap buddy or stand him up.”
According to investigators, the facility “failed to assure that all thirty-one residents with dementia required seclusion in a locked unit resulting in likely unnecessary involuntary seclusion.” During a tour at the facility on June 6, 2018, approximately 10:00 AM, the surveyors “observed the AC unit entrance door was locked and recorded keypad code entered to gain access.”
The surveyors interviewed the facility Administrator who stated that “staff was replacing staff assigned to 1:1, so there was always adequate staffing.” The Administrator “reported that he would provide evidence that staffing was above the budgeted number. However, the evidence was not supplied by the time of the survey exit.”
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