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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.

About Braemoor Health Center

Braemoor Health CenterThe Braemoor Health Center is a for profit corporation, 120 bed Medicare/Medicaid certified nursing home that provides services to the residents of Brockton and the surrounding towns in Plymouth county and Bristol County, Massachusetts. The nursing home’s three units focus on long-term care, rehabilitation services, hospice care and respite care.

Braemoor Health Center
34 North Pearl Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Phone: 508-586-3696

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, The Braemoor Health Center in Brockton, MA 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 3 out of 5 (Average)

Substantial Fines and Penalties for Violations

Synergy Health Centers of New Jersey owns Braemoor Health Center as well as Brockton Health Center. Synergy purchased their first nursing home in Massachusetts back in 2011. The company now owns 11 Nursing Homes in Massachusetts.

Federal authorities fined Braemoor Nursing Home after documenting violations in surprise health inspections on June 30, 2016 and July 1, 2016. Braemoor was not allowed to accept new patients for one month and they were fines $10,000 per day for 20 days (from July 1 to July 20) for a total of $248,100.

Federal authorities listed among the chief complaints Braemoor’s failure to respond to a resident having a heart attack and failure to respond to a resident undergoing cardiac arrest. In January 2017 Synergy hired Next Step Healthcare to take over management responsibilities for Braemoor.

Complaints and Offenses Against Braemoor Health Center

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Government records show that the Braemoor Health Center (Brockton Health Center) in Brockton, committed the following offenses:

During a Complaint Investigation, conducted on6/30/16 through 7/1/16, the Facility was found to be in immediate Jeopardy for F155, F281, F282, F309,  F323 and F328.  The Facility failed to ensure staff were appropriately trained to respond to residents in cardiac or respiratory arrest, respond appropriately to a resident experiencing a sudden change in condition and provide care consistent with his/her advance directives, ensure that supplies and equipment were available and in working order, and that alarms on doorways leading to stairs were engaged and functioning properly.

During a revisit survey conducted on 7/13/16, to verify removal of Jeopardy, the Facility failed to ensure staff could verbalize an understanding of the Facility’s Code Blue Emergency Response Policy. and failed to ensure emergency supplies and equipment were available and in working order, to respond to residents in cardiac or respiratory distress.  Immediate Jeopardy could not be lifted.

Based on record review and interview, for 1 of 3 sampled residents (Resident #1), identified as a Full Code (in the event of cardiac or respiratory distress/arrest, all attempts at resuscitation will be attempted), the Facility failed to honor the resident’s wishes related to advance directives when on 4/19/16, Resident #1 became unresponsive, staff did not initiate Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Resident #1 died.

07/12/2016 Nursing home failed to give the right treatment and services to residents who have mental or psychosocial problems adjusting.
  1. Based on records reviewed and interviews the Facility failed for Resident with a history of substance use disorder (intravenous drug use) to ensure he/she received a comprehensive medical and interdisciplinary evaluation:
  2. Resident was prescribed opioid medications without a comprehensive medical evaluation of risks related to use of these medications,
  3. The Facility failed to ensure that the physician determined how the use of these medications would impact the resident’s ability to attain or maintain sobriety
  4. The Facility failed to assess the Resident to determine his/her risk for relapse, the level of supervision necessary, and failed to ensure they could provide the level of services necessary to provide the least restrictive but safe level of care for the Resident with a history of substance use disorder addiction.
  5. Resident was discharged from the Facility and found dead at home two days later and his cause of death was an overdose of Opioid drug overdose.
07/12/2016 Facility failed to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property.

Facility failed to ensure they operationalized their policy related to reporting significant incidents, and allegations of abuse and misappropriation, to the Department of Public Health, in a timely manner, in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Findings include:The Facility’s Abuse Prohibition Reporting Policy, dated 6/16/15, indicated the facility shall immediately report to the Department of Public Health suspected resident abuse,
neglect, mistreatment or misappropriation of resident property.

  1. The Facility’s Internal Investigation File, initiated on 6/17/16, indicated that, on 6/16/16, Resident reported an allegation of sexual abuse to the Facility. Review of the Health Care Facility Reporting System (HCFRS) indicated that the Facility reported this incident to the Department of Public Health on 6/24/16, eight days after Resident reported the allegation of abuse to the Facility.
  2. The Facility’s Internal Investigation File, initiated on 6/17/16, indicated that a Resident reported to the Facility that $50.00 was missing from his/her purse.

Review of the Health Care Facility Reporting System (HCFRS) indicated that the Director of Nurses reported this incident to the Department of Public Health on 6/24/16, seven days after non-sampled Resident B reported the allegation of misappropriation to the Facility. The  Director of Nurses (DON) was interviewed at 3:00 P.M. on 7/8/16. The DON said that, on 6/24/16, she reported Resident’s allegation of sexual abuse to the Department of Public Health as soon as I finished the investigation, I sent it to you, or words to the effect. The DON said that, on 6/24/16, she reported non-sampled Resident’s allegation of misappropriation to the Department of Public Health on 6/24/16 because before that, I thought the Interim Administrator was going to report this incident to the Department of Public Health, or words to that effect. The DON said, I know I am supposed to report it (this incident) immediately to the Department of Public Health, or words to that effect.

07/12/2016 The nursing home failed to provide care for each resident in a way that keeps or builds the resident's quality of life.

Based on interview and observation, the Facility failed to ensure that staff cared for residents in manner that promoted their quality of life. The Facility failed to ensure that staff refilled portable oxygen tanks for residents requiring continuous oxygen therapy, resulting in a Resident  being unable to leave his/her room for extended periods of time, and adversely affecting his/her quality of life.

07/12/2016 The skilled nursing facility failed to make sure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and provides supervision to prevent avoidable accidents.

Based on observations, records reviewed and interviews the Facility failed to ensure that alarms on doors were engaged and functioning appropriately. At approximately 8:30 A.M. through 9:30 A.M. on 7/1/16, Surveyor #1 and Surveyor #2 observed that for 7 of 7 doors leading to stairs, alarms were not engaged and functioning appropriately. The lack of functioning door alarms would allow confused residents to exit the unit and access environmental hazards such as stairs, without staff knowledge.

Braemoor was cited by federal authorities in 2015 for failing to provide timely evaluation and treatment  of a resident after she fell and broke her hip. It took the nursing home more than 2 days to take the elderly resident to the hospital after she fell. At the hospital the resident reported her pain levels to be 10 out of 10. While the resident was recovering from her hip fracture she developed a pressure sore on her heal. The resident was at a high risk of getting bedsores because she was also a diabetic. Authorities determined that the staff failed to regularly document the care given to the pressure sore on her foot. The pressure sore would not heal and the resident died several months later.

Braemoor Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Attorney

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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