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The Oaks Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
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The Oaks Nursing Home
This long-term care home is a "for-profit" 122-certified bed center providing cares and services to residents of New Bedford and Bristol County, Massachusetts. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
4525 Acushnet Avenue
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745
The Oaks Nursing Home
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, The Oaks Nursing Home offers other services. Additional focused care includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Financial Penalties and Violations
The federal government and the state of Massachusetts routinely monitor every nursing facility to identify serious violations of established rules and regulations and levy monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare when problems are found. Typically, these violations result in penalties when investigators find severe problems that harmed or could have harmed a resident.
Within the last three years, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine of $30,884 on October 7, 2016, against The Oaks Nursing Home, citing substandard care. The nursing home received one complaint over the last thirty-six months that resulted in a violation citation.
Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed on the Executive Office of Elder Affairs Website.
New Bedford Massachusetts Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Our attorneys obtain and review data on every Massachusetts 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 two out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Develop Programs That Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from Spreading – citation #F441 date June 26, 2015
- Failure to Ensure Services Provided by the Nursing Facility Meet Professional Standards of Quality – citation #F281 date October 7, 2016
The state investigators determined “the facility failed to ensure [for one resident] that infection control measures were maintained during wound irrigation and a dressing change.”
The survey team reviewed the resident’s Care Plan that indicated the resident “had a pressure ulcer that was infected with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Care Plan interventions included good hand hygiene to minimize cross-contamination.”
The Physician’s orders included a CPI (close pulse irrigation) by “physical therapy, and after the irrigation, the nursing staff will finish the treatment.” The surveyor observed the physical therapist performing the CPI treatment at 10:00 AM. The physical therapist removed the resident’s “old dressing, discarded the old dressing, removed her soiled gloves, and donned new gloves without hand hygiene.”
Additionally, before beginning the irrigation, the resident “was incontinent of bowel in the bed, the physical therapist covered up the incontinence with a brief and continued irrigation treatment. The surveyor observed the Physical Therapist clean up the soiled irrigation supplies, remove her gloves, and donned new gloves without hand hygiene.”
The physical therapist was observed covering “the pressure ulcer with a gauze pad. A review of the facility dressing change indicated that staff would wash hands and don gloves before the treatment, remove and discard the soiled dressing and gloves and perform hand hygiene [before] donning new gloves.”
The nursing home “failed to ensure nursing staff provided services [according to] professional standards of quality.” On July 18, 2016, the facility administered a whole medication tablet to a resident and crushed the total administration of another medication at the wrong dose “instead of the 75 mg as ordered by the Physician.”
The resident “was transferred to the hospital for evaluation and returned to the facility the following morning.”
As a part of the Medication Error Investigation, the Director of Nursing whose no longer employed at the facility was notified that a nurse that whose no longer employed at the facility “made a medication error and had administered” too high a dosage to the resident rather than administering the drug according to Physician’s orders.
Do You Have More Questions about The Oaks Nursing Home? Let Our Team Help
Do you believe that your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect while living at The Oaks Nursing Home? Contact the Massachusetts nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Bristol County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including New Bedford.
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