Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

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About Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a for profit, 169-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Stoneham, Melrose, Winchester,  Wakefield, Woburn, Reading, Malden, Medford, Saugus, Arlington, and the other towns in and surrounding Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
11 North St,
Stoneham, MA 02180

Phone: (781) 438-8515
Website: http://www.bearhillrehab.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 2017, Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stoneham, 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 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Staffing 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Quality Measures 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)

 

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to maintain drug records and properly mark/label drugs and other similar products according to accepted professional standards.

Based on observations and staff interviews, the facility staff failed to ensure that medications and biologicals were of current date to provide reliability of strength and accuracy on 4 of 4 units observed.

Findings include:

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that multi-dose medication vials should always be discarded whenever sterility is compromised or questionable. In addition, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter 797 recommends if a multi-dose vial has been opened or accessed (e.g., needle-punctured) the vial should be dated and discarded within 28 days unless the manufacturer specifies a different (shorter or longer) date for that opened vial.

1. During an inspection of the Cherry Hill medication room on 10/11/17, at 2:18 P.M., the following was observed:

*2 Glucagon Emergency kits with an expiration date of 4/30/17.
*1 Glucagon Emergency kit with an expiration date of 5/31/17.
*1 bottle of Geri Mucil with an expiration date of 6/2017.
*1 bottle of 100 Niacin tablets with an expiration date of 8/2017.
*1 bottle of 1000 tablets Aspirin with an expiration date of 8/2017.
*1 bottle of Lidocaine injectable open with a date of 6/18/16.
*1 tube of Altalube eye ointment with an expiration date of 11/2016.
*1 bottle of 100 tablets Multivitamin with iron with an expiration date of 6/2017.
*1 box of Omeprazole without an expiration date on the damaged box.
*7 Monoject Safety needles with an expiration date of 12/2009.
*2 Monoject Safety needles with an expiration date of 02/2010.
*2 Monoject Safety needles with an expiration date of 10/2016.
*32 Terumo Safety needle devices with needle with an expiration date of 7/2007.
*1 Luer Loc Venous Access device with an expiration date of 2/2012.

2. During an inspection of the Birch medication room on 10/11/17, at 2:45 P.M., the following was observed:
*2 bottles of Latanoprost eye drops open and without a date. The bottle’s instructions state to discard 6 weeks after opening.
*1 bottle of 100 tablets Niacin with an expiration date of 8/2017.
*8 Hemorrhoidal Suppositories with an expiration date of 8/2017.
*1 bottle of Latanoprost eye drops, open , without a date and not in the refrigerator. The bottle’s instructions state keep refrigerated.
*1 Intravenous Catheter needle with an expiration date of 1/2011.
*1 bottle of Lidocaine open with an expiration date of 4/01/17.
*1 bottle of Lidocaine open with an expiration date of 11/01/17.
*1 Marathon liquid skin with an expiration date of 6/2017. During interview on 10/11/17, at 2:58 P.M. Nurse #1 said that she would get rid of all the expired medications.

3. During an inspection of the D-Unit medication room on 10/11/17, at 3:09 P.M., the following was observed:
*22 Monoject Safety needles with an expiration date of 5/2017.
*3 Monoject Safety needles with an expiration date of 10/2016.
*1 box of lubricant eye drops with an expiration date of 5/2017.

During interview on 10/11/17, at 3:15 P.M. Nurse #1 said that she would get rid of all the expired medications, that they didn’t belong there. Review of the Facility document titled Storage and Expiration Dating of Medication, Biologicals, Syringes and Needles and dated 12/01/2007, indicated that the Facility should destroy or return all discontinued, outdated/expired, or deteriorated medications or biologicals in accordance with Pharmacy guidelines and other Applicable law.

Failed to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**

Based on observation, interview, record and policy review, the facility failed to ensure that the facility system to maintain their oxygen equipment by routinely changing oxygen tubing and cleaning oxygen concentrator filters to reduce the risk of infection was followed for 3 sampled residents (#14, #15, and #18) in a total of 24 sampled residents.

Findings include:

Review of the undated facility policy, titled, Oxygen Therapy indicated that nasal cannulas and tubing are changed and dated every 7 days. Review of the undated facility policy, titled, Cleaning filter of oxygen concentrators indicated that filters of all oxygen concentrators will be cleaned weekly.

Failed to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation, interview, record and policy review, the facility failed to ensure that the facility system to maintain their oxygen equipment by routinely changing oxygen tubing and cleaning oxygen concentrator filters to reduce the risk of infection was followed for 3 sampled residents (#14, #15, and #18) in a total of 24 sampled residents.

Findings include:

Review of the undated facility policy, titled, Oxygen Therapy indicated that nasal cannulas and tubing are changed and dated every 7 days. Review of the undated facility policy, titled, Cleaning filter of oxygen concentrators indicated that filters of all oxygen concentrators will be cleaned weekly.

1. Resident #14 was admitted to the facility in 3/2017 with a [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the Treatment Administration Record (TAR) indicated there was an order to apply oxygen at 2 liters.

On 10/10/17 at 7:40 A.M., 10/11/17 at 11:40 A.M., and 10/12/17 at 8:40 A.M., surveyor observed Resident #14 in his/her room with oxygen in use. The tubing of the oxygen was not labeled to indicate when it had been changed. The oxygen concentrator was missing one of the filters and dust was laden on the area where the filter should have been. On the other side of the oxygen concentrator the filter was laden with dust.

On 10/12/17 at 12:20 P.M., Unit Manager (U.M.) #1 said that residents with oxygen should have an order on the TAR to change oxygen tubing and clean the concentrator filters weekly.

Review of the TAR revealed that it failed to include an order to change the oxygen tubing and clean the concentrator filters. On 10/12/17 at 12:40 P.M., U.M. #1 observed the concentrator filters with the surveyor and agreed one was missing and the other was dirty. On 10/12/17 at 12:45 P.M., the Director of Nursing said that there should be an order to routinely change the oxygen tubing and clean the concentrator filters. She also said that oxygen tubing should be labeled.

2. Resident #18 was readmitted to the facility in 10/2017 with a [DIAGNOSES REDACTED].  Review of the physician’s orders [REDACTED].

On 10/12/17 at 8:40 A.M., surveyor observed Resident #18 in his/her room with oxygen in use. The oxygen tubing was not labeled. Review of the TAR revealed that it failed to include an order to change the oxygen tubing and clean the concentrator filters.

On 10/12/17 at 12:45 P.M., the Director of Nursing said that there should be an order to routinely change the oxygen tubing and clean the concentrator filters. She also said that oxygen tubing should be labeled.

3. For Resident #15, the facility failed to ensure the filter on his/her oxygen concentrator was maintained and kept clean. Resident #15 was admitted to the facility in 6/2017 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED].

During room observations on 10/12/17 at 8:44 A.M., the Surveyor observed that Resident #15’s oxygen concentrator’s filter was visibly dirty with a large build up of dust and debris.

On 10/12/17 at 12:20 P.M., Unit Manager (U.M.) #1 said that residents with oxygen should have an order or the TAR to change oxygen tubing and clean the concentrator filters weekly. Review of the TAR revealed that it failed to include an order to change the oxygen tubing and clean the concentrator filters.

On 10/12/17 at 12:40 P.M., U.M. #1 observed the concentrator filters with the surveyor and agreed one was missing and the other was dirty.

Failed to keep all essential equipment working safely.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation and interview the facility failed to ensure that the facility’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED – a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm used to treat [MEDICAL CONDITION]) were maintained and in operating condition on 3 out of 4 nursing units.

Findings include:

On 10/12/17 at 8:30 A.M., surveyor observed that the [MEDICATION NAME] pads for the AED on the Cherryhill nurses unit had expired 1/8/2009.

U.M. #1 agreed the pads were expired and said that Maintenance was responsible for checking the AED’s. She said that there are residents on the unit that are a full code and would need the AED in the event of an emergency.

On 10/12/17 at 8:35 A.M., surveyor observed that the [MEDICATION NAME] pads for the AED on the Birchhill nurses unit had expired 3/19/2015.

On 10/12/17 at 8:40 A.M., Nursing Supervisor #1, said that Maintenance was responsible for checking the AED’s.

On 10/12/17 at 8:45 A.M., UM #2, said that maintenance was responsible for checking the AED’s.

On 10/12/17 at 9:43 A.M., surveyor observed that the [MEDICATION NAME] pads for the AED on the Arborhill nurses unit had expired 1/1/2009.

On 10/12/17 at 9:45 A.M., Maintenance, said that he was responsible for periodically checking the AED’s. He said about every six months he makes sure it turns on and that the pads are there. He said he does not check the expiration dates of the pads and is not sure who did.

On 10/12/17 at 10:00 A.M., the Director of Nurses said that Maintenance is responsible for checking the expiration date of the [MEDICATION NAME] pads. She said that all units have residents that are full code and would need the use of the AED in the event of an emergency.

Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing 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.

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Sources:

Medicare Nursing Home Profile for Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Nursing Home Safety, Health and Inspection Report for Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Page Last Updated: February 25th, 2017

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