Brandon Woods of New Bedford

Brandon Woods of New Bedford

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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 Brandon Woods of New Bedford

Brandon Woods of New BedfordBrandon Woods of New Bedford is a large for profit Nursing Home with 135 beds. The nursing home is Medicare/Medicaid certified. Brandon Woods Nursing Home provides the following services: respite care, sub acute care, long term living, short term recovery care pain and wound management and hospice. Brandon Woods services all the residents in surrounding towns Plymouth County, Norfolk County and Bristol County, Massachusetts.

Brandon Woods of New Bedford
397 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone: 508-997-9396

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 Brandon Woods Nursing Home in New Bedford, Massachusetts received a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

Performance Area Rating
Overall Rating 3 out of 5 (Average)
State Health Inspections 2 out of 5 (Below Average)
Staffing 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Quality Measures 3 out of 5 (Average)

Complaints and Offenses Against Brandon Woods of New Bedford

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Government records indicated that the Brandon Woods Nursing Home Nursing Home of New Bedford, Massachusetts committed the following offenses:

10/05/2016 The Nursing Home failed to make sure services provided by the nursing facility meet professional standards of quality.

Based on record review, and interview for 3 out of a total sample of 27 residents (#12, #24 and #25), the Facility failed to ensure that physician orders were followed.
For Resident #25, the Facility failed to ensure that monitoring of an INR (international normalized ratio (with a reference range of 2-3) for the administration of an anti-coagulant medication ], was done on 7/28/16 and 8/1/16, when the INR results were not reported to the Physician/Nurse Practitioner (NP) and orders obtained for adjustment in the dosage of medication.

Findings include:

  • Resident #25 was admitted to the Facility 4/2013.The most recent Minimum Data set (MDS) quarterly assessment, dated 9/11/16, indicated that Resident #25 required assistance with all of his/her activities of daily living, and was independent with meals.
  • Review of the physician’s orders showed Resident #25 was on the medication used to prevent blood clots. Review of the MAR indicated that the medication was held from 7/25/16 through 8/1/16.
    Review of the lab report dated 7/25/16 indicated that the INR was elevated at 5.25. The NP was notified and the medication was ordered held for three days with a repeat INR to be drawn on 7/28/16.
  • Review of the lab report of 7/28/16 indicated that the INR result was 3.28. The Physician/NP was not notified of this result until 7/31/16. Because the lab was not reported timely the Resident missed three doses of the medication.
  • On 7/31/16 the facility notified the NP of the INR result from 7/28/16 of 3.28. The NP ordered a repeat INR on 8/1/16.
  • Review of the lab report from 8/1/16 indicated that the INR was sub-therapeutic at 1.42. This very low INR was not reported to the NP until 08/02/16. The facility did not obtain an order for medication. The Resident missed another dose of medication on 8/1/16 because the result was not reported in a timely manner.
  • The Surveyor interviewed the Nurse Practitioner on 10/5/16 at 2:00 P.M. The Nurse Practitioner said the nursing staff failed to notify either her or the Physician with results of an INR, which was used to order the medication. The Nurse Practitioner said she ordered the medication according to the INR reading, and the matter was very serious because a resident could have complications such as a blood clot if the medication was withheld. The Nurse Practitioner said the nursing staff withheld the medication on two occasions without a physician’s orders.
10/05/2016 The Nursing Home failed to maintain drug records and properly mark/label drugs and other similar products according to accepted professional standards.

Based on observation and staff interview, the Facility failed to ensure that controlled substances were properly locked and secured in accordance with State and Federal laws, for one medication storage room (Unit 2), of the Facility’s three medication storage rooms.

Findings include:

On 9/22/16 at 10:00 A.M., the Unit 2 Medication Storage Room was inspected. Upon inspection of the drug storage refrigerator, an unlocked, clear plastic storage container was observed to have one open (containing 17.5 ml), and one full bottle of Lorazepam solution (2 mg/ml) (milligram/milliliter). The unlocked storage container was not attached to the refrigerator shelf and could be easily removed from the refrigerator. The IDON (Interim Director of Nursing) was interviewed in regards to the unlocked and unsecured storage container that the Lorazepam solution was stored in. The IDON said that she understood that the Lorazepam was not locked and secured in accordance with State and Federal laws regarding controlled substances. The IDON contacted the Facility maintenance staff to permanently affix the clear plastic storage container to the refrigerator and to obtain the key to lock the container.

10/05/2016 The Nursing Home failed to receive registry verification that a nurse aide has met the required training and skills that the State requires; and 2) ensure nurse aides receive the required retraining after 24 months if nursing related services were not provided for monetary compensation.

Based on review of personnel files of five new employees, the Facility failed to follow its policy for pre-employment screening via the CNA Registry, to identify for the potential of abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of patients.

Findings include:

The employee files of five new employees were reviewed on 9/22/16. Three of the five new hires were not screened prior to the first day of employment for the potential for Resident abuse, neglect, and mistreatment.

  1. Employee #1 had a DOH (Date of Hire) of 5/25/16. The Facility failed to conduct a CNA
    (Certified Nursing Assistant) Registry Check until 8/17/16. Also, the Facility failed to check with the out of State Registry Check for this employee who had resided in the State of Nevada prior to being hired by the Facility.
  2. Employee #2 had a DOH of 5/24/16. The Facility failed to conduct a CNA Registry Check until 8/17/16.
  3. Employee #3 had a DOH of 7/16/16. The Facility failed to conduct a CNA Registry Check for this employee until 8/17/16.

The Facility’s Hiring Policy and Procedure was reviewed on 9/22/16. According to the policy, CNA Registry Verification, including out of state verification and CORI (criminal offender record inquiry) must be done before the applicant begins employment. The Human Resources Director who was covering the building was interviewed on 9/22/16 at 2:25 P.M. She said that she understood that the CNA Registry Checks for Employees #1, #2, and #3 were not conducted in accordance with the Facility Abuse Policy, and prior to the start of employment, per the Facility’s policy.

Brandon Woods of New Bedford Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Personal Injury Attorneys

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

We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to help you understand your rights and the value of your case.  Our personal injury law firm takes cases involving elder abuse and neglect.  We offer legal service to clients in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

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