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Information & Ratings on Mulberry Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Every nursing home in Pennsylvania has a legal obligation to provide each patient with the highest level of care according to established standards of quality. Unfortunately, many nursing staff will fail to follow the traditional procedures and protocols that can lead to preventable accidents, injuries, and the development of life-threatening bedsores.
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This nursing center is a "for profit" Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility providing services and cares to residents of Punxsutawney and Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. The 75-certified bed long-term care nursing home is located at:
411 1/2 W Mahoning Street
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania 15767
Mulberry Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Mulberry Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-term stay, IV (intravenous) therapy, long term care, respite care, and restorative services involving physical, speech, and occupational therapies.Financial Penalties and Violations
Both Pennsylvania 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 higher the monetary fine, the more serious the violation is that likely harmed or could have harmed one or more residents at the nursing home.
This nursing home also received nineteen complaints and self-reported one serious issue over the last thirty-six months that resulted in violation citations. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Report Website.
Our attorneys obtain and review data on every Pennsylvania long-term care home from various online publically available sources, including the Department of Public Health website and Medicare.gov.
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 three out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation date July 20, 2018
- Failure to Notify the Resident’s Doctor or Family Member of a Change in the Resident’s Condition – citation #F580 date April 26, 2018
According to state surveyors, “the facility failed to assess if the use of a ‘sit-to-stand’ mechanical lift was safe for transferring a resident with hand and finger contractures.” The survey team reviewed the manufacturer’s instructions of the sit-to-stand mechanical lift that indicated “that the patient was to grab the sling bar and must hold on with one or both hands.”
The survey team reviewed an Occupational Therapy Note for the resident that indicated “the resident had physical impairments and functional deficits as evidenced by significantly deformed bilateral (both) hands and limited thump abduction which cause increased difficulty obtaining utensils.” The resident’s “upper extremity range of motion was limited on all joints, and toothettes (a small sponge on a stick, usually used to perform oral care) were used to perform hygiene to the contracted hands.”
The investigators noted that “there was no documented evidence an assessment was conducted to determine if the resident could hold onto the sit-to-stand mechanical lift [according to] manufacturer’s instructions.” The nursing home failed to determine “if it was safe to use a sit-to-stand mechanical lift for transferring the resident.”
The nursing home “failed to ensure that the Physician was notified timely but a change in condition for [one resident].” The investigation involved a resident who uses oxygen and is “alert and oriented.”
The resident’s Physical Therapy Note revealed that “the resident’s pulse oximetry reading dropped and varied from 40% to 80% with a standing tolerance activity, and the pulse oximetry reading dropped to 60% with a third gait walk (training to improve the ability to walk) and was above 90% for the first two walks.”
The surveyors noted that “there was no documented evidence that the Physician was notified about the resident’s pulse oximetry readings dropping to 40% and 60%.” This deficiency in providing care was confirmed by the Director of Nursing, who said: “the nurse who rounded with the Physician was never made aware; therefore, the physician was not notified.”
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