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Magnolia Place - Spartanburg Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Most families place a loved one in a nursing home with reluctance and after performing exhaustive research on locating the best facility in their community. All are looking for a clean and well-organized nursing home that provides a safe environment with competent staff members educated and trained in providing the highest level of care. Unfortunately, many residents become the victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment due to short staffing, poor hiring practices or a lack of staff supervision. Some suffer accidental injuries are preventable death because the nursing staff or facility failed to develop or follow established policies and procedures. If your loved one was injured or died unexpectedly because of caregiver neglect or abuse, our South Carolina nursing home neglect affiliated attorneys can help you find out what happened and offer legal advice on how to pursue financial compensation to recover your damages.Magnolia Place - Spartanburg
This facility is a 120-certified bed "for profit" Long-Term Care Home providing services and care to residents of Spartanburg and Spartanburg County, South Carolina. The Center is located at:
8020 White Avenue
Spartanburg, SC 29303
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers physical rehabilitation to help the resident maintain or restore their independence. Other services include:
- Long-term care
- Restorative care
- Hospice care
- Speech and language therapies
- Wound care
- IV (intravenous) therapy
Federal investigators have the legal authority to penalize any nursing home who has violated rules and regulations by imposing monetary fines or denying payment for Medicare services. Within the last three years, investigators fined this nursing home $31,200 on April 21, 2016. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Website concerning Magnolia Place - Spartanburg.Spartanburg South Carolina Nursing Home Residents Safety Concerns
The state of South Carolina regularly updates their long-term care home database system with complete details of all opened investigations, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, health violations, filed complaints, and safety concerns. The search results can be found on numerous online sites including the South Carolina Department of Public Health. Many families use this information to determine where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled nursing and hygiene assistance care.
According to Medicare, the 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 two out of five stars for quality measures. The Spartanburg County abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have reviewed numerous safety concerns and deficiencies at Magnolia Place - Spartanburg including:
- Failure to Immediately Notify a Resident, the Resident's Doctor or Family Member of a Change in the Resident's Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 25, 2017, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of significant changes in condition requiring potential position intervention." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident "reviewed for unnecessary medication." The investigator stated that the resident's Physician "was not notified of blood sugars outside ordered parameters."
The investigator reviewed the resident's Medication Administration Records (MARs) between April 14, 2017, and May 25, 2017, that revealed "that a blood sugar of 356 was recorded at 8:30 PM on May 19, 2017, and a blood sugar [level of] 50 was recorded on April 22, 2017, at 6:03 AM." However, there was no physician notification documented in the MAR nor the resident's Progress Notes. Documentation reveals that on April 22, 2017, the resident was given a snack and that "the blood sugar was to be rechecked." However, "no documentation was available of blood sugar results." The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Laboratory Testing that read in part "The attending physician shall be promptly notified of abnormal/stat testing."
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 25, 2017, a state surveyor opened a formal complaint against the facility for its failure to "ensure the resident environment was free of accident hazards." The deficient practice involved two residents at the facility. In one case, the "oxygen cylinder was unsecured on the 100 unit and a hot coffee urn was not protected and the 200 unit." The investigator also stated that "the facility failed to implement fall prevention measures as ordered for [one resident] reviewed for accidents." The resident "was observed without a physician-ordered chair alarm in place."
The state investigator toured the Jolley Dining Room on the 100/200 unit on the afternoon of May 22, 2017, with the facility Director of Nursing and observed "a coffee earned containing hot coffee and no staff was present, which is against rules and regulations. The investigator had previously observed and oxygen cylinder in 124B that contained "approximately 600 liters of oxygen standing upright unsecured." A resident was observed "sitting in her wheelchair without a chair alarm in place" against the resident's care plan that "included the bed/chair alarm as an intervention." The investigator interviewed the resident who stated that they "had not had a chair alarm since admission." As a result, the investigator interviewed two Registered Nurses who verified physician's orders but stated that "they were unable to verify the chair alarm was checked each shift to ensure placement and function."
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated October 15, 2015, the state surveyor documented the facility's failure "to ensure a fall prevention intervention was in place and functioning for [two residents] reviewed for accidents." In one incident, a resident "had a bed alarm in place but not turned on for two days [during] the survey." In another incident, a second resident "had no chair alarm in place as ordered for three days [during] the survey." During an interview, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) confirmed that the resident "did not have a chair alarm in place for safety."
- Failure to Provide Care for Residents in a Way That Builds or Maintains Their Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 4, 2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "follow proper sanitation of food handling practices. Monitor the dining residents with dementia or cognitive impairment who need assistance." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved six residents "in the facility, including resident hallways. One dining area where residents need assistance with eating was not adequately supervised or assisted to ensure residents receive a dignified dining experience."
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident with Reduced Range of Motion Receives Proper Treatment and Services to Increase the Range of Motion
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 4, 2016, a state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey noting the facility's failure to "provide interventions for [one resident] with a decreased range of motion." The investigator reviewed the resident's MDS (Minimum Data Set) that revealed: "the resident requires extensive assistance with bed mobility, dressing, toileting, transfers and total assistance with personal hygiene and bathing."
The resident's MDS documentation "revealed the resident did not have a decrease in range of motion." However, the Joint Mobility Screening dated November 30, 2015 "documented the resident had contractures of the right and left wrist and fingers." The document stated that staff members "were unable to perform wrist and finger flexion and extension." A review of the resident's Occupational Therapist Progress and Discharge Summary dated March 15, 2016, revealed that the resident "had decreased range of motion of the bilateral upper extremities. The resident will be referred to the Restorative Nursing Program for upper extremity range of motion and stretching for maintaining joint mobility and contracture management."
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Receives a Nutritional Well-Balanced Diet Unless It Is Not Possible to Do So
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 4, 2016, a state investigator noted the nursing home's failure to "provide assistance with eating [for a resident] with a significant weight loss." The resident's Care Area Assessment and Nutrition Chart dated April 1, 2016 "revealed the resident was at risk for impaired nutritional status related to a mechanically altered diet." The resident's Care Plan dated April 21, 2016, listed interventions including [to] encourage the resident to follow diet as ordered, monitor their weight, speech therapy is indicated, monitor their appetite, dietitian consult as ordered, monitor labs, observe food preferences, document percentage of meal intake, [administer] medications as ordered, assist [the resident] with meals, [make sure there is a] lidded cup at meals, supplements as ordered, and encourage intake."
However, a review of the resident's list of recorded weight revealed that between March 25, 2016, when the resident weighed 133.6 pounds, the resident dropped to 103.8 pounds by August 4, 2016. This record indicates a "loss of 29.8 pounds or 22.3% weight loss in less than five months." The investigator documented that the "facility failed to provide assistance with eating and failed to provide additional interventions for the presence of weight loss for this cognitively impaired and dependent resident."
- Failure to Develop, Enforce and Implement Programs That Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 4, 2016, the state agency surveyor noted the facility's deficient practice of their failure to "prevent the spread of infection [for two residents] along with the failure to follow infection control protocol." The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Isolation/Precautions including Standard/Universal Precautions revised in September 2011 that "revealed the importance of preventing the further transmission of infections." The document read in part:
- "The facility will use transmission-based precautions (isolation methods)."
- "Health Care workers will implement isolation precautions as ordered [by the physician]."
- "Employees will be in compliance with facility practice guidelines regarding isolation precautions."
The incident involved a resident who "utilizes a wheelchair [that] was assessed to needed extensive staff assistance for bed mobility, transfers, dressing, personal hygiene, bathing, toilet use and was frequently incontinent of bowel and bladder at night." The resident's Medical Records documented a vesicular rash identified during a routine skin audit on the resident's abdomen at three different locations. According to protocol, the nursing staff utilized precautions for care and placed the resident in isolation. However, a review of the resident's physician's orders revealed that there were no doctor's orders to discontinue the isolation precautions and the facility staff could not provide any evidence as to why they remove the resident from isolation which could increase the potential risk for the spread of infection.
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated October 15, 2015, the state investigator documented the facility's failure to "observed contact precautions for [a resident]." The surveyor observed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) "passing trays on unit two." The LPN "donned gloves and an isolation gown [before] entering [the resident's] room with the breakfast tray. A sign [stating Visitors before Entering Please Check in at the Nurses' Station for Instructions] was noted on the door that had been observed in place during the initial tour on October 12, 2015. When asked why precautions were in place", the LPN stated it was because of the resident's diagnoses. The investigator asked, "how long the resident had been on transmission-based precautions." The LPN replied, "since Friday or over the weekend sometime."
However, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) was observed answering the call light and entering the resident's room "without donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and bent over the resident, touching [their] uniform to the resident's over bed/tray table." The CNA "touched the resident shoulder and bed linen and turned off the call light as the resident put in [their] request for coffee. The CNA exited the room without washing [their] hands. When asked if aware that the resident was on isolation precautions, the CNA" responded 'no I was just answering the call light'. The sign on the resident's door was brought to [the CNA's] attention." The CNA "attempted to read it aloud but had apparent difficulty in doing so and again stated [they] did not know the resident was on isolation.
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injury or harm while residing as a resident at Magnolia Place - Spartanburg, contact the South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 now. Our network of attorneys fights aggressively on behalf of Spartanburg County victims of mistreatment living in long-term centers including nursing homes in Spartanburg. Our seasoned attorneys provide legal representation to LTC home residents who have been harmed by negligence and abuse. We have years of experience in successfully resolving claims for compensation against caregivers that must be held accountable. Contact us now to schedule a free case review and how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim. Let us fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.
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