Lawyer Resources for Massachusetts

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Attorneys Representing Injured Braemoor Health Center Residents

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Massachusetts state nursing home regulatory agencies routinely investigate and inspect nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and assisted living centers throughout the state. If inspectors find any serious violation that harmed or could have harmed a resident, the agencies can issue a financial penalty and force the Home to make immediate changes that ensure the resident safety.

Recently, results of numerous inspections and surveys at Braemoor Health Center caused the CMS to take appropriate measures in designating the facility as an SFF (Special Focus Facility). This federal watchlist places the future of the facility under threat of being closed or losing their contract provide services to Medicare and Medicaid patients.

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Assisted Living Facility Suspended 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.

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Picture-2311Authorities are investigating the strangulation death of a 100 year-old patient at Brandon Woods Long Term Care.  According to early reports, Elizabeth Barrow was strangled by her roommate possibly in retaliation for her receiving ‘too many visitors’.

While we learn more about the specifics of this tragedy, it now appears that this Massachusetts Nursing Home has a poor track record of providing quality patient care.  According to state nursing home surveys Brandon Woods scored in the lowest quarter based on factors relating to: cleanliness, quality and safety.

State inspectors have repeatedly cited, Brandon Woods staff for inadequate care.  For example, in 2009, staff were cited for:

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Although Steven Laroche, a certified nursing assistant at a Massachusetts nursing home, admitted to committing an indecent assault on a 93-year-old resident at the facility where he works, the outcome of the civil lawsuit against the nursing home remains uncertain.

The daughter of the unidentified nursing home resident, filed a civil lawsuit against St. Joseph’s Manor six months after the criminal assault occurred.  The lawsuit against the nursing home is based on breach of contract and malpractice for the acts committed by Laroche on her father.  The elderly man suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Civil Case Against Nursing HomeIn the criminal case, Laroche was sentenced to two years in jail.  But Judge Carol Ball suspended the sentence and ordered him to serve just two years probation. During that time, Laroche must wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and he must also register as a sex offender.

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