Benchmark Senior Living at The Commons in Lincoln

Benchmark Senior Living at The Commons in Lincoln

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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.

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About The Commons in Lincoln

The Commons in Lincoln is a for profit, 32-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Maynard, Acton, Sudbury, Concord, Hudson, Wayland,  Marlborough, Westford, Weston, Bedford, Southborough, Chelmsford,  Clinton, Framingham, Lexington, and the other towns in and surrounding Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

The Commons in Lincoln
1 Harvest Circle
Lincoln, MA 01773

Phone: (781) 430-6065
Website: www.thecommonsinlincoln.com/

CMS Star Quality Rating

Benchmark Senior Living at The Commons in LincolnThe 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 June 2018, Benchmark Senior Living at The Commons in Lincoln 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 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)
Quality Measures 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)

Fines Against The Commons in Lincoln

The Federal Government has not fined The Commons in Lincoln in the last 3 years.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Lawyers inspected government records and discovered The Commons in Lincoln  committed the following offenses:

Failed to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents; or report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents.

Based on record review and interview the facility failed to: 1). conduct a Massachusetts nurse aide registry check for 4 of 5 newly hired employees prior to the hire date; 2). conduct an out of state Nurse Aide (NAME)try check for 2 of 5 newly hired employees prior to hire date, and 3). verify through, the nursing professional licensing board, the licence of 1 of 5 newly hired employee prior to hire date.

Findings include:

The facility’s policy, not dated, indicated: The facility has the responsibility to ensure that each resident has the right to be free from abuse, mistreatment, neglect and misappropriation of their personal property. To this end, the facility has developed and utilizes the following procedures: Included under, Screening of Personnel indicated that appropriate boards of licensure, and/or certification will be contacted regarding any past or pending abuse finding and all potential employees will be screened through the Nurse Aide (NAME)try and such findings will be documented in the employee file. Employee files were reviewed on 7/26/17.

1. Review of employee #1’s employee file, hired 6/27/17, indicated that the Massachusetts Nurse Aide (NAME)try was not present. Review of employee #2’s employee file, hired 6/20/17, indicated that the Massachusetts Nurse Aide (NAME)try check was not present. Review of employee #3’s employee file, hired 6/6/17, indicated that the Massachusetts Nurse Aide (NAME)try check was not present. Review of employee #4’s employee file, hired 3/28/17, indicated that the Massachusetts Nurse Aide (NAME)try check was not present. During interview with facility administrator on 7/27/17 at 2:00 P.M., she said the Massachusetts Nurse Aide registry check was not conducted for employees #1, #2, #3, #4, and Human Resources was conducting the registry search now.

2. Review of employee #3’s employee file, hired 6/6/17, indicated on the employee application that he/she lived and worked out of state, further review of the employee file indicated the out of State Nurse Aide registry check was not present. Review of employee #4’s employee file, hired 3/28/17, indicated on the employee application that he/she lived and worked out of state, further review of the employee file indicated the out of State Nurse Aide registry check was not present. During interview with the Administrator on 7/26/17 at 12:30 P.M., she said the facility uses a company that does a nationwide screening search. Review of the information provided by the facility does not indicate that State Nurse Aide registries were checked by this company.

3. Review of employee file #4, hired 3/28/17, indicated that a License verification for licensed practical nurse, was conducted on 7/26/17, 121 days after date of hire.

Failed to assess the resident when the resident enters the nursing home, in a timely manner.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on record review and staff interview, the facility failed to complete a comprehensive assessment within 14 days of admission for 3 Residents (#1, #4, #7) in a total sample of 8 Residents.

Findings include:

1. Resident #1 was admitted to the facility inn 07/2017 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of Admission Minimum Data Set (MDS) on 7/27/2017 indicated an incomplete initial Minimum Data Assessment (MDS) assessment.

2. Resident #4 was admitted to the facility in 7/2017 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of Admission MDS on 7/27/2017 indicated an incomplete MDS assessment.

3. Resident #7 was admitted in 7/2017 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of Admission MDS on 7/28/17, indicated an incomplete MDS assessment. On 7/28/17 at 11:00 A.M., The MDS Nurse was interviewed and acknowledged that the MDS assessments were incomplete and not done on time.

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

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation, intervew and record review, the facility failed to insure that a medication was labeled to reflect current physician orders [REDACTED].#3) in a total sample of 8 residents.

Findings include:

For Resident #3, the facility failed to label a prednisone medication card to reflect the current physician’s orders [REDACTED].>Facility Reordering, (NAME)ing and Discontinuing Policy (Revised 1/01/13) section 3.5 identified that when a prescriber writes a new order with new directions the Facility should enter the new order on The Medication Record Forms and should notify the Pharmacy not to to send the medication by attaching a (NAME)e in Directions sticker to the existing quantity of medications until Pharmacy permanently affixes the new label to the medication package.

On 7/27/17 at 10:55 A.M., during the medication pass with Nurse #2, Surveyor observed Nurse #2 prepare to pour Resident #3’s medication from the Medication Administration Record [REDACTED].

The medication card in the medication cart for Resident #3 read: Prednisone 5 mg tab 30/105 tabs Give 5 tabs (25 mg) by mouth every day for 21 days. (NAME)ver, the Prednisone medication card for Resident #3 was empty and therefore, there was no Prednisone for Resident #3 in the medication cart. The Nurse commented that this was the last day for this dose for Resident #3 and went to secure the medication from the medication room.

Surveyor asked why the (MAR) and the resident’s medication card were not identifying the same dosage. Nurse #2 said that the resident was on a Prednisone taper and the nurses knew that this was the resident’s last day at this dose. When asked if there were a procedure for identifying a change in medication dosage, Nurse #2 said there were change stickers and a Nurse should have affixed a sticker when the dosage change was ordered. On 7/27/17 at 4:15 P.M., interview with the Director of Nursing identified that it was the policy of the facility to label medication dosage changes using a sticker which should be in the cart. All nurses had been inserviced to use the stickers for medication dosage changes and the Nurse should have affixed a (NAME)e in Directions sticker to the card when the order dosage changed.

Failed to keep accurate, complete and organized clinical records on each resident that meet professional standards

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation, interview and record review, the facility failed to clarify a physician’s order for a syringe for 1 Resident (#3) in a total sample of 8 residents. For Resident #3 the facility failed to clarify an order for [REDACTED].

Findings include:

On 7/26/17 at 4:50 P.M., the Surveyor observed an evening medication pass with Nurse #1. During the pass, Nurse #1 poured: Tylenol 325 mg 2 tablets (600 mg) into a 30 cc cup and then secured the medication into the locked medication cart. The next medication was for (refrigerated) [MEDICATION NAME] 50 mg/5 ml Give 2.5 ml (25 mg). Nurse #1 obtained a bottle of [MEDICATION NAME] from the medication room’s refrigerator. Nurse #1 returned to the medication cart, and took a 30 cc plastic cup and proceeded to pour 2.5 cc of the [MEDICATION NAME] into the cup. Surveyor verified that the medication was poured at the line marked 2.5 cc on the cup.

The Surveyor asked Nurse #1 why a syringe was not used to measure the [MEDICATION NAME] since the amount to pour was so small. Nurse #1 said that the nurses know where the 2.5 cc mark is on the 30 cc cup. Nurse #1 then administered the [MEDICATION NAME] and Tylenol to Resident #3. After the medications were administered to Resident #3, Surveyor reconciled the MAR medications for Resident #3 with the original Physician Orders. These were:

a. Tylenol 325 mg tablet ([MEDICATION NAME]) – 2 tabs By Mouth Four (NAME)es per Day For pain.

b. [MEDICATION NAME] 125 mg/2 5 ml oral syringe (FOR ORAL USE ONLY) (generic)-2.5 ml. By Mouth Four (NAME)es per Day. For UTI and wound infection.

On 7/27/17 at 10:25 A.M. Surveror observed the [MEDICATION NAME] administration with Nurse #2 during morning medication pass on Resident #3. Nurse #2 went to the medication room refrigerator to obtain [MEDICATION NAME] liquid. Surveyor observed Nurse #2 pour the [MEDICATION NAME] into a 30 cc plastic cup. Nurse #2, then had to discard some of the medication in order to correctly measure 2.5 cc. Surveyor asked Nurse #2 why she did not use an oral syringe as the order directions specified. Nurse #2 said that the Pharmacy did not send oral syringes for [MEDICATION NAME]. The Pharmacy only provides oral syringes for [MEDICATION NAME] (opiate), (NAME)dol (antipsychotic) and [MEDICATION NAME] (anti anxiety). On 7/27/17 at 4:15 P.M., Surveyor interview with the Director of Nursing (DON) stated that the Pharmacy sends oral syringes with certain medications but not [MEDICATION NAME]. The DON clarified the order with the Physician who rewrote the order without the oral syringe.

The Commons in Lincoln, 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 Profiles and Reports – The Commons in Lincoln

Inspection Report for The Commons in Lincoln – 07/31/2017

Page Last Updated: July 9, 2018