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Information & Ratings on Sierra Health Care Center, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Cases involving mistreatment occurring in nursing homes has increased significantly over the last few decades as many more senior citizens have entered their retirement years than ever before. Many of these cases involved mismanagement of the facility by hiring unqualified nurses or because of underpaying the staff or failing to provide needed training.
If your loved one was injured while living in a Sierra County nursing facility, contact the New Mexico Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal assistance. Let our team of lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive financial recovery for your damages.Sierra Health Care Center
This long-term care facility is a 90-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-participating center providing services to residents of Truth or Consequences and Sierra County, New Mexico. The "for profit" home is located at:
1400 North Silver Street
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico 87901
Sierra Health Care Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Sierra Health Care Center offers other services. These services include assisted living options, home health care, and rehabilitative services including physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Federal government nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal authority to penalize any nursing home with a denied payment for Medicare services or monetary fine when the facility has been cited for serious violations of regulations and rules.
Over the last thirty-six months, regulators imposed a $54,127 monetary penalty against Sierra Health Care Center on October 25, 2017, citing substandard care. During that time, the nursing home also received two formally filed complaints and self-reported one significant issue that all resulted in citations.
Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health Nursing Home Reporting Website.Truth or Consequences New Mexico Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Our attorneys review data on every long-term and intermediate care facility on Medicare.com and the New Mexico Department of Public Health website.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, four out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Protect Each Resident from All Forms of Abuse, Physical Punishment or Being Separated from Others – citation date October 25, 2017
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation date June 25, 2018
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program – citation date June 25, 2018
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications – citation date March 31, 2017
The investigators determined that [a resident was on a bladder retraining program after the facility removed his Foley catheter. Due to the removal of the Foley, [the resident] required monitoring of urine output.” The resident “did not have an order to discontinue his Foley catheter [and] was also at risk for complications (dehydration, low urine output) from being on fluid restrictions.
The nursing home failed to revise the resident’s Care Plan to discontinue “his Foley catheter/start bladder retraining program and did not follow [the resident’s] Care Plan for monitoring low urine output from being on fluid restrictions.” As a result, the resident was hospitalized. Doctors at the hospital determined the resident’s urinary tract infection had progressed into septic shock.”
According to investigators, the “facility failed to keep residents free from accidents when they fail to secure a treatment cart left unaccompanied in the hallway.” The deficient practice has “the potential to affect residents in room 119 – 129 and rooms 219 – 230.” The failure by the nursing home “could likely result in the resident acquiring equipment and devices that may harm them.”
The nursing home “failed to ensure that proper infection control practices were followed for [one resident] during random observation. This deficient practice has the potential to cause cross-contamination (transfer of potentially harmful organisms one resident to another resulting in illness or death).”
The “facility failed to keep residents free from unnecessary medications [when they] failed to change one resident’s antidepressant medication from a scheduled daily to as needed.” This deficient practice “could likely result in residents receiving medication longer than is needed causing adverse side effects.” The Director of Nursing stated during an interview, “I made a mistake. When I went to discontinue [the medication], I put it back the way it was.”
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