Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

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Abuse of the elderly is not acceptable and we fight hard in these types of cases. If you suspect a nursing home or caregiver has caused harm to your loved one in someone elses’ care, contact our law firm today for a free legal consultation.

Talking to us does not obligate you to anything, but we may be able to tell you if you have a claim and the value of your case. If we accept your case, you pay no fee unless we recover for you.

About Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a for non-profit, 83-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Brookline,  Cambridge, Boston, Newton, Milton, Dedham, Watertown, Somerville, Needham, Belmont, and the other towns in and surrounding Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center focuses on 24 hour care, respite care, hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
431 Pond St,
Boston, MA 02130

Phone: (617) 522-2600
Website: https://www.thearmenianhome.com/

CMS Star Quality Rating

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) rates all nursing homes that accept medicare or medicaid benefits. CMS created a 5 Star Quality Rating System—1 star is the lowest rating and 5 stars is the highest—that look at three areas.

As of March 2018, Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Boston, Massachusetts received a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Performance Area Rating
Overall Rating 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)
State Health Inspections 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)
Staffing 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)
Quality Measures 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)

Fines Against Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

The Federal Government fined Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center $2,275 on 03/09/2015 for health and safety violations.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to properly care for residents needing special services, including: injections, colostomy, ureostomy, ileostomy, tracheostomy care, tracheal suctioning, respiratory care, foot care, and prostheses

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on record review, policy review and staff interview, facility staff failed to follow the facility policy in regard to flushing a peripherally inserted intravenous (IV) catheter for one resident (#8), from a total sample of 16 residents.

Findings include:

Resident #8 was admitted to the facility in 2/2016 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the most recent quarterly Minimum Data Set (MDS) Assessment, dated 5/1/17, indicated that the resident was moderately cognitively impaired and was dependent on staff for eating, bathing and dressing.

Review of the facility policy, titled, Infusion Therapy Procedures- Flush Chart, dated 8/16, indicated that a peripheral IV catheter should be flushed at a minimum interval of every 8 hours and as needed with 10 milliliters of normal saline when no infusion was running (to maintain patency of the IV catheter).

During review of the clinical record indicated that the resident received 2 liters of 0.9% normal saline intravenous fluid, which started on 6/16/17 at 1:30 P.M. and was completed on 6/17/17 at 10:10 P.M. The resident’s peripheral intravenous catheter was not discontinued at that time.

On 6/19/17 at 10:00 A.M., review of the clinical record indicated that the IV catheter was not flushed per the facility policy the following four shifts: 6/18/17 11:00 P.M.- 7:00 A.M. shift, 6/18/17 7:00 A.M.- 3:00 P.M. shift, 6/18/17 3:00 P.M.- 11:00 P.M. shift and 6/19/17 11:00 P.M. – 7:00 A.M. shift. The first normal saline flush for Resident #8’s IV catheter was not performed until 6/19/17 at 9:30 A.M.

During interview on 6/19/17 at 10:15 A.M., Unit Manager (UM)#2 said that she realized staff did not obtain an order to begin the normal saline flushes per facility protocol until she called the physician herself that morning. UM #2 said that the IV catheter should have been flushed at least once a shift when the continuous IV fluids were discontinued on 6/17/17.

Failed to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way

Based on observations and staff interviews, the facility failed to ensure that proper food service sanitation practices were followed.

Findings include:

The facility’s current handwashing Protocol for Dietary employees included the following information: When to wash hands:

*Before starting work
*Before donning food handlers’ gloves
*When hands are visibly soiled
*After handling soiled equipment or utensils
*Before and after eating or handling
*Before and during food preparation On 6/19/17 at 11:15 A.M., the kitchen was observed at the start of the noon meal service.

The Food Service Supervisor (FSS) was present at that time. The following observations were made:

Diet aide #1 was observed donning clean gloves and handling soiled dishes in the dish room. She then removed her gloves and threw them in the trash. Shortly thereafter, she donned a new pair of gloves without first washing her hands. She then handled clean glasses filled with drinks, with her now soiled gloves, and placed the drinks on the food truck.

The First Cook was also observed at that time. He donned a pair of clean gloves and shortly thereafter placed a cleaning cloth into a bucket of soapy water. He then wiped down the surface of the work space used for meal preparation with his now soiled gloves and then tossed the wet/soiled cleaning cloth into the trash when he finished. He never removed his soiled gloves but instead kept them on and proceeded to remove clean plates from the plate warmer with his soiled gloved thumb inside the rim of the top plate. He placed that and other plates down on the counter top and then removed a clean ladle with his soiled gloved hand, now soiling the ladle. He was observed placing his his soiled gloved thumb inside the plates while ladling food onto them.

Diet aide #2 entering the kitchen at 11:15 A.M. from outside through the backdoor. He did not wash his hands before donning clean gloves and assisting with the meal service in the kitchen.

Diet Aide #3 also entered the kitchen through the back door. He entered the dishroom, stood by the sink and pushed the lever of the soap dispenser. He was overheard saying, there’s no soap. He then exited the dishroom and walked over to the hand washing sink in the kitchen. He was observed using soap and water to wash his hands.

Shortly thereafter, Diet aide #2 entered the dishroom and removed his gloves. He stood by the sink in the dishroom and washed his hands in the sink using only water. When he re-entered the kitchen, the surveyor asked him if he used soap when washing his hands in the sink and he did not reply. The Surveyor informed him that the soap dispenser was out of soap and that he did not properly wash his hands. He then went over to the hand sink in the kitchen and washed his hands with soap and water.

Diet Aide#1 re-entered the kitchen at 11:18 A.M. with gloves on holding a tray of soiled glasses. She entered the dishroom and placed the tray down on the soiled counter top. She then removed her gloves, exited the dishroom and then exited the kitchen without washing her hands.

Shortly thereafter, the First Cook was observed removing his gloves and entering the dishroom. He pushed the lever of the soap dispenser and was overheard saying, there’s no soap. He turned the faucet on and washed his hands with only water. As he exited the dishroom, the Surveyor informed him that the soap dispenser was empty and that he was observed washing his hands only with water. He then walked over to the hand sink in the kitchen and washed his hands with soap and water.

On 6/19/17 at 12:30 P.M., an interview was held with the FSS to discuss the above findings. He said he was unaware the kitchen staff were not following proper hand washing techniques and that he would address the issue via inservices. On 6/19/17 at 3:40 P.M., the kitchen sanitation tour was conducted with the FSS and the Dietician present. The following was observed:

*The meat slicer stored clean had visible remnants of corned beef on it. The FSS confirmed it was corned beef.
*A scoop was observed stored in the plastic bin containing sugar.
*The juice machine contained rust and an unknown residue on the metal bottom of the machine. The nozzle heads contained residue and needed cleaning.

On 6/19/17 at 4:30 P.M., an interview was held with the FSS to discuss the above findings. He said he would address all of the above concerns.

Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nursing Home Neglect and Elder Abuse Lawyers

If someone you love has suffered neglect or elder abuse by a senior caregiver, nursing home, or other care facility, our lawyers may be able to help. Regardless of whether or not criminal charges are filed against an alleged abuser, you may still be able to pursue compensation in a civil claim. Compensation in elder abuse cases may be awarded if someone in the care of another suffers harm due to intentional or negligent actions (including failure to take action).

Abuse of the elderly is not acceptable and we fight hard in these types of cases. If you suspect a nursing home or caregiver has caused harm to your loved one in someone elses’ care, contact our law firm today for a free legal consultation. Talking to us does not obligate you to anything, but we may be able to tell you if you have a claim and the value of your case. If we accept your case, you pay no fee unless we recover for you.

Oftentimes, victims of abuse either cannot or will not speak up for themselves out of fear. If you notice any warning signs or symptoms of neglect of abuse an an elderly person, it is important you contact an elder abuse lawyer immediately. Not only are there statute of limitations on filing a claim, but the sooner we start helping you, the easier it will be to collect evidence and talk to any witnesses before important details are lost, hidden, or forgotten.

Boston Personal Injury Lawyers for Elder Abuse Cases

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Sources:

Medicare Nursing Home Profiles and Reports – Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Inspection Report for Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – 06/20/2017

Page Last Updated: March 3, 2018

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