Alliance Health at Devereux

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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 Alliance Health at Devereux

Alliance Health at Devereux is a non-profit, 64-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Marblehead, Salem, Swampscott,  Peabody, Lynn, Beverly, Danvers, Saugus, Revere, Lynnfield, and the other towns in and surrounding Essex County, Massachusetts.

Deveeux House Nursing Home
39 Lafayette St,
Marblehead, MA 01945

Phone: (781) 631-6120
Website: http://www.alliancehhs.org/Skilled-Nursing-Rehab-Marblehead-MA

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 2018, Alliance Health at Devereux in Marblehead, Massachusetts received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Performance Area Rating
Overall Rating 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
State Health Inspections 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Staffing 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Quality Measures 4 out of 5 (Above Average)

Fines Against Alliance Health at Devereux

The Federal Government fined Alliance Health at Devereux, $2,381 on 10/25/2016 October 25th, 2016 for health and safety violations.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Alliance Health at Devereux committed the following offenses:

Failed to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident's written plan of care.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation, record review and staff interview, the facility failed to implement the medical plan of care for 1 sampled resident (#3) in a total sample of 15.

Findings include:

For Resident #3, the facility failed to apply Gerilegs (cloth leg protectors that help prevent skin tears, bruises and abrasions for people with fragile skin) to both of the resident’s lower extremities per the physician’s orders [REDACTED].>Resident #3 was admitted to the facility February 2016 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the most recent quarterly Minimum Data Set assessment, dated 8/22/17, indicated that the resident had a Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) score of 4 out of 15, which indicated that the resident is severely cognitively impaired. The resident required extensive assist for transfer, bathing and dressing. Review of facility Incident/Accident Reports indicated that the resident sustained [REDACTED].

The facility implemented several care plan interventions from 1/16/17 through 9/7/17 which included Gerilegs to both lower extremities to protect the lower extremities from skin tears. Review of the physician orders [REDACTED]. Review of the 10/2017 Treatment Administration Record indicated Gerilegs to both lower extremities, may remove for ADL care.

During observation from 10/10/17 through 10/11/17 included the following: * 10/10/17 at 8:30 A.M., the resident was sitting up on the side of her/his bed eating breakfast. The resident was wearing a johnnie and her/his legs were bare.
* 10/11/17 at 9:30 A.M., the resident was lying in bed, wearing a johnnie, his/her legs were bare.
* 10/11/17 at 11:30 A.M., the resident was in his/her room, sitting up in a wheelchair, fully dressed. The resident was wearing a light colored pair of stockings. She/he was not wearing Gerilegs as ordered.
* 10/11/17 at 2:30 P.M., the resident was sitting in the activity room in a wheelchair, fully dressed, wearing a light colored pair of stockings. She/he was not wearing Gerilegs.

During interview on 10/11/17 at 3:15 P.M., Nurse #2 said she thought that the resident had them on but when she went to look, at the surveyor’s suggestion, Nurse #2 said they weren’t on. Nurse #2 also said that the resident should wear the Gerilegs all the time except for when he/she was getting washed up.

During interview on 10/11/17 at 4:20 P.M., Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) #1 said that she has taken care of Resident #3 several times over the past two weeks and she didn’t know anything about Gerilegs. CNA #1 said that she knew she needed to place a pillow under the resident’s left leg but that was all she knew. She said she has not applied the Gerilegs while taking care of the resident.

Failed to keep the rate of medication errors (wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong time) to less than 5%.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on record review and observation, the facility failed to ensure that it was free of a medication error rate of 5 percent or greater. One of five licensed nurses (Nurse #1) made errors while administering medications on 1 of 2 units. There were a total of 2 errors which affected 1 sampled resident (#2) out of a total sample of 15 and 1 Non-Sampled resident (NS #1 ), with 26 opportunities. The facility had an error rate of 7.69%.

Findings include:

1. For Resident #2 the facility failed to administer Donepazil (medication to treat residents with Alzheimer’s Dementia) per the physician order. Review of the physician’s orders [REDACTED].#2 had an order for [REDACTED]. During observation of a medication pass on 10/11/17 at 4:25 P.M., on the 2nd floor unit, Nurse #1 poured Resident #2’s medications, which included one tablet of Donepazil 10 mg, into the medication cup and then administered the medication to the resident, despite the physician’s orders [REDACTED].

2. For Non-Sample Resident #1 the facility failed to administer [MEDICATION NAME] (antidepressant medication) per the physician order. Review of the physician’s orders [REDACTED].#1 had an order for [REDACTED]. During observation of a medication pass on 10/11/17 at 4:31 P.M., on the 2nd floor unit, Nurse #1 poured NS #1’s medications, which included one tablet of [MEDICATION NAME] 22.5 mg, into the medication cup and then administered the medication to the resident, despite the physician’s orders [REDACTED].

During an interview on 10/11/17 at 4:50 P.M., Nurse #1 said that the medications that are listed on his computer screen, that are highlighted in the color yellow, indicates that you can give the medications at any time on the 3:00 P. M.-11:00 P.M. shift. He said that the medications that are ordered to be given at bedtime, should have a specific time assigned in the computer. He said he didn’t read the order close enough to see bedtime. He said that because it was highlighted in yellow, he thought it would be ok to give the medication.

Alliance Health at Devereux, 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 – Alliance Health at Devereux

Inspection Report for Alliance Health at Devereux – 10/12/2017

Page Last Updated: April 25, 2018

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