Blaire House of Tewksbury

Blaire House of Tewksbury

MI Elder Abuse Free Legal ConsultationDid someone you love suffer elder abuse or neglect at Blaire House of Tewksbury? Our lawyers can help.

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 Blaire House of Tewksbury

Blaire House of Tewksbury is a for profit, 131-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Tewksbury, Billerica, Lowell, Dracut, Wilmington, Andover, Chelmsford, Lawrence, Burlington, North Andover, and the other towns in and surrounding Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Blaire House of Tewksbury
10 Erlin Terrace,
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Phone: (978) 851-3121
Website: http://www.elderservices.com/

CMS Star Quality Rating

Blaire House of TewksburyThe 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 July 2018, Blaire House in Tewksbury, Massachusetts received a rating of 2 out of 5 stars.

Performance Area Rating
Overall Rating 2 out of 5 (Below Average)
State Health Inspections 1 out of 5 (Much Below Average)
Staffing 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Quality Measures 2 out of 5 (Below Average)

Fines Against Blaire House of Tewksbury

The Federal Government fined Blaire House of Tewksbury $18,688 on 12/07/2015 for health and safety violations.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Blaire House of Tewksbury committed the following offenses:

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

Based on observation and staff interview, the facility failed to ensure that 2 of 3 nourishment kitchens were properly maintained in a sanitary and safe condition. Sanitary conditions must be present in healthcare food service settings to promote safe food handling and to avoid potential contamination.

Findings include:

Observations made on 9/1/17 at 9:15 A.M. of the 2 East nourishment kitchen revealed the following:
*In the refrigerator under the bottom shelf, where produce drawers were missing, there was a spilled, sticky liquid substance and a resident’s personal food items placed on top of the liquid. There was also a white plastic bag containing a fruit smoothie drink and an energy drink, unlabeled and undated.
*The faucet to the sink had a constant drip.
*There was an opened, undated and unlabeled loaf of wheat bread in the cupboard. *There was an opened, undated, unlabeled package of cookies.

Observations made on 9/1/17 at 9:34 A.M., of the 2 West nourishment kitchen revealed the following:
*Under the sink, there were 2 brown paper bags with warm wrapped up food in them. Neither bag was dated or labeled. There were two plastic cups with ice and liquid in them. The straws were in them. Neither drink was dated or labeled. There was also an dated and unlabeled plastic bag with a food storage container and a back of pretzels, undated and unlabeled.
*On the counter were 2 plastic cups with ice and brown liquid in them. Both were undated and unlabeled. There was also a plastic container of warm brown liquid that was undated and unlabeled.

Observations made, along with the Food Service Director, on 9/5/17 at 1:40 P.M. in the 2 West nourishment kitchen revealed the following:
*On the counter was a box of pizza on the counter and a brown paper bag with food in it, undated and unlabeled.

Observations made, along with the Food Service Director, on 9/5/17 at 1:45 P.M. in the 2 East nourishment kitchen revealed the following:
*In the refrigerator, under the bottom shelf, where produce drawers were missing, the was a spilled, sticky liquid substance and a resident’s personaL food items placed on top of the liquid. *The faucet to the sink had a constant drip.

In an interview with the Food Service Director on 9/5/17 at 1:50 P.M., he said he wasn’t sure the cleaning policy of the nourishment kitchens. He did say that the dietary staff are responsible for stocking the nourishment kitchens. In an interview with the Administrator on 9/5/17 at 2:30 P.M., he said there is no policy regarding the nourishment kitchens and that the dietary department is responsible for maintaining the sanitation of the nourishment kitchens.

Failed to employ or obtain outside professional resources providing services in the nursing home that meet professional standards.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on record review and interview, the facility failed to implement timely psychiatric services for 1 residents, (#15) out of a total of 24 sampled residents.

Findings include:

Resident #15 was admitted to the facility in 2015 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of his/her most recent Minimum Data Set, (MDS), dated [DATE] indicated that he is cognitively intact.

Further review of Resident #15’s MDS’ dated 4/4/17 indicated that he/she had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for nearly very day over a two week period and had been feeling bad about himself/herself for several days over a two week period. Review of Resident #15’s current careplan indicated the following: Problem: Resident has self expressed feeling badly about himself/herself. Goal: Resident will resolve negative feelings about himself/herself. Interventions: Referral to psychiatric services, social worker will provide 1:1 psychosocial support, family to be in care discussions, notify MD if symptoms increase Initiated: 4/26/17

Review of Resident #15’s clinical record indicated that no 1:1 visits with the facility social services department took place, and no evidence of involvement from psychiatric secrecies from 3/1/17 through 9/5/17.

Review of the referral book for the facility’s psychiatric services indicated that a referral was placed for Resident #15 to psychiatric services for counseling for depression on 4/24/17. A not next to the referral indicated the following: Can’t see due to VA insurance. During interview Unit Manager #2 on 9/5/17, she said she was not sure if Resident #15 was involved with psychiatric services through the VA. The Surveyor was present when she called the VA who then verified that there was no record of Resident #15 being seen by any psychiatric services.

During interview with the Social worker on 9/5/17, she said she did not know Resident #15 well, that she had not provided 1:1 visits,(per his/her careplan), and that Resident #15 does not come up in rounds or words to that effect. During interview with Resident #15 on 9/5/17, he/she said that sometimes he/she feels down or depressed and that he/she has not seen anyone from psychiatric services. During interview with the ADON on 9/5/17, the above concerns were discussed.

Blaire House of Tewksbury, 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 – Blaire House of Tewksbury

Inspection Report for Blaire House of Tewksbury – 09/05/2017

Page Last Updated: July 17, 2018