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Information & Ratings on The Patriot - A Choice Community, Somerset, Pennsylvania
Every staff member working in a nursing facility has a legal and ethical responsibility to provide each resident with the highest level of care according to established standards of quality. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities do not follow established procedures and protocols that prevent injuries, accidents, and the development of life-threatening pressure wounds.
If you suspect that your loved one was victimized through neglect or abuse while living in a Somerset County nursing facility, the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys can help. Let our team of dedicated abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive financial compensation for your damages.The Patriot Nursing Center
This center is a 100-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility providing services to residents of Somerset and Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The "not-for-profit" long-term care home is located at:
495 West Patriot Street
Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501
The Patriot Nursing Center
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, The Patriot - A Choice Community offers other services. Additional focused care includes independent living options, hospice services, personal care, and rehabilitation.
When investigators working for the federal government identify severe violations of nursing home rules and regulations, they can penalize the facility by a denial of payment for Medicare services or impose monetary fines.
Within the last three years, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against The Patriot for $185,130 on April 12, 2018, citing substandard care. Additional information concerning the facility can be reviewed 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, three out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Including Physical and Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – citation date #F600 April 12, 2018
- Failure to Report or Investigate Any Act or Report of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents – citation #F225 date April 28, 2016
According to state investigators, “the facility failed to ensure that residents were free from neglect caused by a failure to follow the facility’s policy.” The deficient practice resulted “in a fall with a head injury.”
A review of the resident’s Care Plan revealed that “she was at risk for falls and had an unsteady gait and poor judgment in safety awareness.” The investigative documents revealed that “at approximately 5:10 PM, [a Nurse Aide] transported the resident to the dining room in her wheelchair. The resident suddenly put her foot down onto the floor and fell face first onto the floor.”
A Registered Nurse (RN) assessed the resident who “had a small hematoma to her mid forehead measuring 5.0 cm x 4.5 cm and a laceration to her mid forehead measuring approximately 2.5 cm.”
When asked, the resident stated that “her head hurt. The Physician was notified and the resident was sent to the emergency room.” A Registered Nurse who assess the resident had found the resident “lying on her right side on the floor with [the Nurse Aide] kneeling at her head.” At that time, the resident’s wheelchair “was pushed away from her and was sitting by the entrance to the atrium. It was noted that there were no footrests in place.”
An investigation determined that the Nurse Aide “violated the facility’s policy when she transported [the resident] in a wheelchair without using footrests.” The Nursing Home Administrator “confirmed that the Nurse Aide did not use footrests” and that footrest should be used to maintain safety.
The nursing home “failed to complete a thorough investigation to rule out neglect in incidents involving falls.” The investigation involved a resident “at risk for falls” who was “to have the bed in the lowest position, with adequate lighting maintained.”
A Nursing Note revealed that the resident “was found sitting on the floor with her back against the right side of the bed. The resident’s legs were extended out in front of her under the chair with no immediate signs or symptoms of an injury.”
The Fall Investigation Worksheet indicated that “not all care planned interventions for falls were in place at the time of [the resident’s] fall. However, there was no documented evidence regarding what interventions were not in place [to] rule out that neglect was involved in the fall.”
Do you believe that your loved one has suffered harm through mistreatment while living at The Patriot? Contact the Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Somerset County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Somerset.
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