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Information & Ratings on Watsontown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Watsontown, Pennsylvania
Families deciding to place a loved one into a nursing home are often overwhelmed at the thought that they will not receive the best care. Unfortunately, mistreatment occurs at many facilities nationwide, including in Pennsylvania.
If your loved one was injured while living in a Northumberland County nursing facility, contact the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Let our team of dedicated abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive financial compensation to recover your damages. All the necessary paperwork must be filed in the proper county courthouse before the statute of limitations expires.Watsontown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
This long-term care home is a 125-certified bed center providing cares and services to residents of Watsontown and Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The “for-profit” Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
245 East Eighth Street
Watsontown, Pennsylvania 17777
Watsontown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Watsontown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes bariatric care, memory care, wound care, Huntington’s disease services, cardiac care, behavioral health, pulmonary care, and orthopedic care.
The investigators for the state of Pennsylvania and federal nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal responsibility of penalizing any facility that has violated rules and regulations that harmed or could have harmed a resident. These penalties often include monetary fines and denying payment of Medicare services.
Within the last three years, investigators imposed two monetary penalties against Watsontown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, citing substandard care. These penalties include an $8,908 fine on September 29, 2017, and a $9,298 fine on March 27, 2017, for a total of $18,206.
This nursing home also received seven complaints and self-reported one serious issue over the last thirty-six months that resulted in violation citations. Additional information about this nursing home can be found on the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Report Website.
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research Medicare.gov and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health website database systems for a complete list of deficiencies, violations, and citations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and two 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 #F600 date August 17, 2018
- Failure to Respond Appropriately to All Alleged Violations – citation #F610 date August 17, 2018
According to state surveyors, “the facility failed to ensure that residents were free from physical abuse.” A Nursing Documentation for a resident revealed that the resident “was sitting in her wheelchair in the hallway at approximately 5:30 PM when [another resident] rolled by in his wheelchair.”
The second resident slapped the first resident “on the left side of her face.” The assaulting resident “did not sustain injuries.” As a result, the nursing staff placed the assaulting resident on “fifteen-minute visual checks to ensure resident[’s] safety.”
A Clinical Record review for the third resident revealed that “a visitor noted another resident hit [this resident] in the back of the head.” The injured resident’s daughter confirmed that “she had received a report that a visitor observed [the aggressive resident documented above] hit her mother before this incident and again after this incident.”
The resident’s daughter stated that the facility told her that the aggressive resident “would receive increased supervision after he hit her mother the first time.” The resident’s daughter stated that “she did not understand how [the assaulting resident could hit her loved one] if he was supervised by staff.”
The nursing home “failed to thoroughly investigate and report to the required agencies an incident of potential resident abuse and neglect for [two residents].” The investigation involved the incident documented above when an assaulting resident injured others while in his wheelchair.
The surveyors indicated that “there were no signed witness statements. The investigation also did not include evidence of notifications to the Ombudsman or State Licensing and Certification Agency.” Additionally, there was “no evidence in the facility’s investigation of the altercation between [two residents] to suggest that the facility identified the staff failed to complete visual checks on [the allegedly aggressive resident] every fifteen minutes.”
Do you suspect that your loved one suffered injury or died prematurely while living at Watsontown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center? Contact the Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Northumberland County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Watsontown.
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