Brockton Health Center

Brockton Health Center

MI Elder Abuse Free Legal ConsultationDid someone you love suffer elder abuse at Brockton Health Center?  Our lawyers can help.

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 the Brockton Health Center

The Brockton Health Center is a for profit corporation, 123 bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility 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.

Brockton Health Center
2 Beaumont Avenue
Brockton, MA 02302

Phone: 508-588-8550

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 Brockton Health Center received a rating of 2 out of 5 stars.

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

Complaints and Offenses

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In 2014 The Brockton Police Police  arrested a nursing assistant at a Brockton rehab and nursing home on a charge of raping an elderly patient.  Our law firm inspected government records and discovered Brockton Health Center committed the following offenses:

02/18/2016 Facility failed to form a complete care plan that meets all of a resident's needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured.

A record review indicated the that a Resident’s abdominal feeding tube was known to retract. The Facility failed to identify this as a focus care need and failed to develop a comprehensive plan of care to include specific approaches and interventions to monitor the Resident’s feeding tube to avoid potential problems. Resident had moderately impaired cognitive skills for daily decision making, required extensive to total dependency assistance with all activities of daily living, had a urinary catheter for bladder drainage, and a feeding tube with a mechanically altered diet by mouth.

The Physician’s diet orders included drinkable puree texture of low concentrated sweet diet and a nutrition formula feeding (75 cc for 13 hours) via feeding tube with water flushes. Keep the head of the bed up at 30 to 45 degree angle. Record review also indicated Resident #10 was seen by a gastrointestinal specialist on 11/4/15 due to abdominal pain and problems with the gastrostomy feeding tube. At that time, nursing facility staff communicated with the GI consultant as the resident was unable. The consultation report indicated that the Resident’s gastrostomy tube was really a Foley catheter tube and according to documentation and facility staff report the tube tends to retract, and at times leaks and does not function well. The GI consultant’s recommendation included that the Foley catheter tube be replaced with a replacement gastrostomy tube. The Resident returned to the Facility with a replacement Foley catheter feeding tube.

A Nurses’ note dated 11/18/15 indicated the feeding tube was dislodged and the skin area was noted with serosangeous drainage; the feeding tube required replacement. Review of the Resident’s plan of care dated 7/10/15, and review date of 11/19/15, failed to include the problem of the feeding tube retraction as a revision or focused care, with goals and interventions for nursing staff to follow/monitor to avoid potential complications.

On 1/16/16, nursing documentation indicated the Resident’s feeding tube was problematic and it required replacement. On 1/18/16, the Resident was documented with loose stools and hematuria (blood in urine). A KUB (kidney ureter and bladder) test was ordered to check the resident’s abdominal organs due to complaints of pain. The resident receives medication every 6 hours) for joint/leg pain, and progress notes indicated sluggish bowels. Review of the KUB results indicated clinical constipation. Bowel medications were administered and the Resident had episodes of diarrhea and vomiting (fecal) and was admitted to the hospital. The hospital evaluation and discharge report indicated that the Resident’s feeding tube had retracted and migrated into the gastric area (small intestine), creating a gastric outlet obstruction. The feeding tube required surgical removal. The Resident returned to the facility. A replacement Foley catheter feeding tube was positioned. The readmission medical progress note indicated to follow and monitor for abdominal distention / pain, nausea, vomit and diarrhea. After readmission to the nursing home on 1/25/16, the Facility failed to develop care approaches specific to the problem of the feeding tube retraction or revise focused care, goals or interventions for nursing staff to follow/monitor the feeding tube to avoid repeat problems.

Nursing documentation on 2/2/16 noted small amount hematuria in Foley catheter. On 2/3/16 and 2/4/16 the feeding tube was noted to have retracted and required replacement /repositioning. Review of the Resident #10’s plan of care on 2/10/16 failed to indicate that the facility had developed or revised a care plan for approaches/interventions to avoid further potential problems of the feeding tube retraction migration.

The Resident’s care plan for the gastrostomy feeding tube was not comprehensive and the Facility failed to identify potential problems of retraction and what additional  approaches nursing staff can follow to monitor and avoid complications, dislodgement and discomfort. The plan of care failed to indicate that the Foley catheter tube was marked at the abdominal surface or the length of tube extension which may alert staff to assess for a problem.

02/18/2016 Employ or obtain outside professional resources providing services in the nursing home that meet professional standards.

Based on record review, staff interview, and Resident interview, the facility failed to ensure that for 1 Resident received consultative services for sleep apnea testing, as ordered by the Resident’s Neurologist.

Findings include: the facility failed to establish a plan to coordinate timely services for sleep apnea testing as recommended by Resident #17’s consulting neurologist.

04/08/2015 Nursing Home failed to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident's written plan of care.

04/08/2015 Nursing Home failed to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care.

Based on record review and interviews, the Facility failed, for a Resident, to provide service according to his/her plan of care when on 11/17/14, 11/18/14 and 11/19/14, a physician-ordered medication (Ambien-sleeping pill), scheduled for administration at Resident’s bedtime, was not administered to Resident because his/her supply had not been delivered to the Facility by the pharmacy.

12/23/2014 Facility failed to conduct initial and periodic assessments of each resident's functional capacity.

Based on record review and staff interviews, the facility failed to conduct accurate and complete assessment of each resident’s status and care needs for 1 Resident.

Findings include:. For one Resident, the facility failed to complete a comprehensive and accurate reassessment of the Resident’s medications.  The Resident was admitted to the facility in 5/2006. Record review on 12/17/14 indicated the Resident had been administered an antipsychotic medication prior to the quarterly Minimum Data Set assessment dated.
Review of the Quarterly Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment dated [DATE], indicated that the resident was not receiving any antipsychotic medication in Section N – . MDS Nurse #1 said that it was a error and said she would make a correction on the MDS.

02/18/2016 The facility let a resident refuse treatment or refuse to take part in an experiment and formulate advance directives.

Based on record review and staff interview, the facility failed to ensure that the advance directive formulated by the court was accurately reflected in the clinical record, for one Resident. Resident’s record did not indicate Resident was a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR). The resident’s recorded indicated he was the opposite of a DNR which is a Full Code.

Brockton Health Center Nursing Home 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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