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Many families have no other option than to turn over the care provided to their loved one to a nursing home to ensure that they receive the highest level of services in a safe, comfortable environment. These families trust that the medical professionals will follow established protocols and procedures to maximize their loved one’s quality of life. Unfortunately, a high percentage of nursing home residents become victims of mistreatment by caregivers, employees, and other patients.
The Colorado Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented many nursing home victims in Pueblo County and can help your family too. Our team of dedicated lawyers can fight on your behalf to ensure that your family receives adequate monetary recovery for your financial damages.Minnequa Medicenter
This Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility is a "for profit" home providing services to residents of Pueblo and Pueblo County, Colorado. The 115-certified bed long-term care center is located at:
2701 California Street
Pueblo, Colorado, 81004
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Minnequa Medicenter offers other services including:
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Alzheimer’s/dementia care
- Memory care
- Long-term care
Colorado and the federal government have the legal obligation to monitor every nursing facility and impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare if the center has violated established nursing home regulations and rules. In severe cases, the nursing facility will receive multiple penalties if investigators find the violations are severe and harmed or could have harmed a resident.
Within the last three years, state and federal regulators imposed a monetary fine of $66,885 against Minnequa Medicenter on February 12, 2018. Also, the facility received thirteen formally filed complaints due to substandard care that all resulted in citations. Additional information about penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Colorado Department Of Public Health an Environment Department of Public Health Website concerning this nursing facility.Pueblo Colorado Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov and the Colorado Department of Public Health website to obtain a complete list of all filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, and opened investigations in nursing homes in local communities. The regularly updated information can be used to make a well-informed decision on which long-term care facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
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 four out of five stars for quality measures. The Pueblo County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Minnequa Medicenter that include:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated September 6, 2017, the state investigative team noted that “the facility failed to ensure residents were free from accidents and hazards. Specifically, the facility failed to investigate injuries of unknown origin for one resident [and] failed to implement fall interventions for [a second resident] as Care Plan.”
- In a third summary statement of deficiencies dated June 30, 2017, the state investigative team documented that “the facility failed to ensure residents remain as free from accident hazards as possible. Specifically, the facility failed to adequately implement interventions after fall incidents for [two residents] reviewed for accidents.”
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 12, 2018, a state investigator documented a facility failure. The documentation shows that the nursing home failed to “provide treatment and services [promptly to] prevent worsening of an existing pressure injury, the development of thirteen new pressure injuries and prevent infection to pressure injuries for one of three residents reviewed for pressure injuries.”
The surveyors stated that “specifically, the facility failed to assess the sacral pressure injury correctly on admission [to] provide correct interventions” and failed to “provide the necessary treatment when the wound was getting worse.”
The nursing home also failed to “inform the resident’s primary care physician of the condition of the wound and follow-up timely to orders regarding laboratory tests.” The facility “failed to identify and respond to resident’s positioning and wound care refusals. The facility’s failure contributed to a situation that resulted in the worsening of an existing pressure sore, the development of thirteen new pressure injuries and the resident’s discharge to the hospital for a change in condition related to the pressure injuries and signs of infection of the pressure injuries.”
The incident involved a resident under the age of sixty-five who was transferred to the hospital for a change in condition and did not return to the facility.” The state investigators reviewed the resident’s status on admission and the facility’s response.” A review of the records revealed that the resident “was identified with risk factors for pressure injuries in actual pressure injury during assessment the first week of admission.
According to the November 4, 2017, Admission Skin Assessment, the resident was admitted from an acute hospital with right and left antecubital bruising from lab draws and intravenous placement at the hospital and [a Stage II] sacrum pressure injury. The sacrum had the appearance of recurring pressure there was minor bleeding from a pinhole size opening.”
The surveyors noted that “the Admission Skin Assessment did not include measurements or descriptions of other characteristics of the pressure injury.” Additionally, “there was no documentation that the primary care provider was notified of the dark discoloration” of the resident’s pressure injuries.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 12, 2018, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “ensure the resident environment remain as free from accident hazards as possible [for one resident] reviewed for accident hazards.” The surveyors stated that specifically, “the facility failed to properly assess and provide supervision of the resident for the safe use of a motorized wheelchair.”
The incident involved a 68-year-old resident with “mild cognitive impairment” and noted, “verbal and other behavioral symptoms.” These “behaviors placed the resident and others at significant risk for physical injury, interfering with the resident’s care and social interaction, significantly intruding on the privacy of others and disrupting the living environment.”
The documentation shows that the patient “required extensive assistance for locomotion, bed mobility, personal hygiene, and toilet use. He used a wheelchair and was totally dependent for transfers.”
A review of the resident’s Care Plan initiated on April 6, 2017, and revised on October 13, 2017, identifies the resident as having “yelling behaviors which impeded in his activities of daily living care. Interventions included providing cueing with tasks as needed and physical/occupational evaluation and treatment for doctor’s orders.” One of the resident’s interventions included “redirecting the resident and assisting as needed when he became stuck against furniture.”
The survey team interviewed the resident on the morning of February 6, 2018, who said that “he had hit the side of the wood frame door with his motorized wheelchair.” The surveyors’ observations of the resident made the following day found the resident “being assisted in his motorized wheelchair to the smoking area.” At that time “he scraped his arm against the handrail attached to the wall. He also hit objects in the past, including nursing carts and other residents.”
Subsequent observations were made of the resident that same day “on several occasions, driving his motorized wheelchair into the drink station in the front lobby and required physical redirection of the wheelchair by staff.” That day, the Activity Director was observed “physically assisting the resident to get his wheelchair out of the activity room after he made multiple unsuccessful attempts to get his wheelchair through the doorway, bumping into a door frame several times in the process.”
At 11:17 AM that same day, “the resident came back inside. Two staff members were directing him to not run into another resident seated in her wheelchair in the lobby. The resident required direct, verbal cues [to] maneuver his motorized wheelchair [in the] bistro to get to a table without hitting anything.”
Just after noon that same day “the resident yelled for help to get outside. The Nursing Home Administrator asked the resident how the speed on his wheelchair had gotten bumped up.” Approximately 1.5 hours later, “another resident attempted to help [the resident] with his wheelchair as the resident continued to yell for help.”
The following day at 11:00 AM, “the resident was navigating the hallway when he bumped into another resident’s wheelchair. The Rehabilitation Program Manager observe the incident and spoke with a resident, who claimed he meant to hit him.”
The investigators also documented that the nursing facility “failed to secure a medication room to ensure residents did not have access to dangerous medications.”
One incident involved a 51-year-old legally blind resident who was “a high fall risk.” The resident’s SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment Recommendation) Communication Form that revealed the resident was found on the floor next to her bed by a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
The resident said that “she turned over and reached the side rail, thinking she was still in the hospital, but it was not there. The SBAR noted the resident was still alert and oriented and did not lose consciousness. Her vital signs were within normal limits, her hip appeared to be in place, and there were no lumps or bumps noted to her head.”
The resident’s Fall Neurological Record dated June 7, 2017, was not initialed or completed with the resident’s vitals and “did not indicate the reasoning for leaving this incomplete.” It was noted by surveyors that “the nurse did not document the motor responses as indicated.”
The investigators noted that the resident’s physician’s order was not followed on the day shift. The resident’s “pain monitoring revealed the resident experienced a pain level of two out of ten.” It was noted that no “other shifts documented that the resident had pain. An initial Care Plan was developed for the resident on June 8, 2017, without reference to the resident’s fall.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 12, 2018, the investigative team noted the nursing home's failure to “establish and maintain effective infection preventions and control practices [to] provide a sanitary environment to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.”
The investigators team said that the nursing home had specifically “failed to follow accepted hand hygiene and glove use practices” while providing medical care including “gastronomy and incontinence care for [a resident].” Also, the facility failed to “follow accepted glove use practices when cleaning double occupancy rooms in a secure unit.”
Do you suspect that your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment while living at Minnequa Medicenter? If so, contact the Colorado nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 now for immediate legal intervention. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Pueblo County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Pueblo. Contact us now to schedule a free case review to discuss how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim.
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