For the second time this year, Massachusetts officials have suspended new admissions to an assisted living facility after they discovered problems that could jeopardize patient safety. Last week, the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs banned Emeritus at Farm Pond from admitting new patients after multiple deficiencies were discovered during an inspection of the facility.
According to the senior executive director at the facility, Brian Beausoleil, the concerns centered around: the timing of resident care assessments, management of medication inventory, evaluation of response time to emergency calls and evacuation planning.
The terms of the suspension require Emeritus to submit a corrective plan as to how the facility will address the violations.
Accord to Mr. Beausoleil, this is an “isolated situation”. But no need to worry about this situation…
We look forward to receiving a clean survey report in a few weeks so that we may return to business as usual.
Business as usual?
Situations such as this make me question the safety of patients at this facility— now and in the future. Surely, a written plan of correction can be prepared and submitted to officials in short order, but doesn’t it take some time to train staff?
Am I the only one who views Mr. Beausoleil’s comments as a bit dismissive of the underlying safety issues? Here we have a leader at the facility seemingly more concerned about resuming ‘business as usual’ when there are apparent problems that threaten his residents. With leadership such as this, I fear that this corrective plan is nothing more than window dressing on an underlying problem.
State suspends certification of Framingham assisted living facility, The MetroWest Daily News by Scott O’Connell August 9, 2011