Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center

Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center

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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.

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 Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center

Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing CenterCambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center is a for profit, 83-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Cambridge, Somerville, Belmont, Watertown, Arlington,  Medford, Brookline, Boston, Everett, Malden, Newton, Winchester,  Chelsea, Waltham, Melrose, and the other towns in and surrounding Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center focuses on 24 hour care, respite care, hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center
8 Dana Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: (617) 864-4267
Website: http://cambridgerehab.com/

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, Rehabilitation Nursing Center in Cambridge 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 Not Available
Quality Measures 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)

Fines Against Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center

The Federal Government fined Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center $2,275 on January 12th, 2015 and $8,125 on March 29th, 2016 for health and safety violations.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Injury Attorneys inspected government records and discovered Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to make sure each resident receives an accurate assessment by a qualified health professional.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**

Based on record review and interviews, the facility failed to accurately code assessments for 2 Residents ( #4 and #9), out of a total sample of 16 Residents.

Findings include:

1. For resident #4, the facility failed to accurately code his/her weight loss. Resident #4 was admitted to the facility in 7/2009 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of Resident #4’s quarterly Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment dated [DATE], indicated the Resident had sustained a significant weight loss that was prescribed by the physician.

Review of the physician’s orders [REDACTED]. Review of the physician’s progress note dated 12/30/2016, indicated the Resident had sustained a greater than 10% weight loss secondary to dementia. The physician further indicated that to reverse the weight loss was against family wishes and the weight loss was expected to continue.

Further review of the clinical record indicated a screening by Speech Therapy secondary to weight loss on 9/16/2016. During review of the findings with the Director of Nursing on 2/27/17 at approximately 2:45 P.M., she said that she agreed the MDS was coded incorrectly and would ensure correct coding in the future.

2. For Resident #9 the facility failed to accurately code the MDS regarding his/her continuous positive airway pressure([MEDICAL CONDITION]). Resident #9 was admitted to the facility in 1/2013 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. The MDS dated [DATE] and 9/8/16 did not have the resident [MEDICAL CONDITION] use recorded. Review of the medical record indicated that the resident was utilizing his/her [MEDICAL CONDITION] during the 6/8/16 and 9/8/16 observation periods. During interview with the Director of Nursing regarding these findings on 2/27/17 at 2:40 P.M., she said that the [MEDICAL CONDITION] coding would be corrected moving forward.

Failed to develop a complete care plan that meets all of a resident's needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**

Based on record review and interview the facility failed to develop a comprehensive care plan for discharge planning for 1 Resident (#6) in a sample of 16 Residents.

Findings include:

Resident #6 was admitted to the facility in 3/2009 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. The Minimum Data Set ((MDS) dated [DATE] indicated that Resident #6 requested to obtain information regarding available programs to assist in his/her return to the community. Review of the clinical record indicated a Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) dated 9/22/16 and completed by the Social Service Director with a score of 15 out of 15 (cognitively intact). Review of the Resident’s Care Plan indicated no plan to address the Resident’s request to be discharged to the community.

On 2/27/17, at 2:15 P.M., during an interview Resident #6 said he/she wants to be discharged to the community. He/she also said that he/she has made this request multiple times over the years since he/she was admitted . Resident #6 said that he/she was told his/her application was supposedly lost by the Cambridge housing authority and now he/she has to wait for years longer to get housing. He/she said that nobody had followed up with the housing authority so he/she was unaware his/her application had been lost. Resident #6 said that no one has discussed with him/her what other alternatives or programs exist to assist with his/her discharge.

On 2/27/17, at 4:08 P.M., the Social Service Director said she forgot to add his discharge requests to his/her careplan and no interventions were in place to assist with his/her discharge.

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

Based on observations and staff interviews, the facility staff failed to ensure that medications and biologicals were of current date to provide reliability of strength and accuracy, on 1 of 2 units observed.

Findings include:

During an inspection of the 2nd Floor medication room on 2/27/17 at 9:00 A.M., the following was observed:

12 Heparin lock injectable flush solution syringes with expiration dates in 2015. During an interview, on 2/27/17 at 9:05 A.M., Unit Manager #2 said there should be no expired medications or supplies in the medication rooms. She said she would discard them.

Failed to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**

Based on observation and staff interview, the facility failed to follow proper infection control practices for the prevention and spread of infection in the laundry and during a treatment for 1 Resident (#6) out of a sample of 16 Residents.

Findings include:

1. During a tour of the laundry facilities on 2/23/2017, at 8:45 A.M. the following was observed:

A. Laundry Aide #1 (LA#1) was observed to be putting soiled laundry into the washing machine without wearing a protective gown. LA #1 then donned a protective gown and without changing her gloves or performing hand hygiene, she removed clean laundry from another washing machine. LA #1 then put the contaminated laundry into a dryer. She then returned to the dirty laundry area and picked up another load of soiled laundry and place it in a washing machine. LA #1 then removed her gloves and without performing hand hygiene, entered the clean area of the laundry still wearing the now contaminated protective gown.

B. LA #2 was observed to pick up off of the floor 9 pieces of laundry that had fallen out of 2 overflowing clean laundry bins and place the now contaminated laundry in each of the bins on top of the clean laundry, contaminating all of the clean laundry in those bins.

2. For Resident #6, the facility staff failed to maintain proper infection control practices to ensure there was no cross contamination and to prevent infection during a treatment. Resident #6 was admitted to the facility in 3/2009 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. On 2/28/17, at 10:12 A.M. Nurse #1 was observed to prepare the necessary items to perform the treatment. She removed a pair of scissors from her pocket and without disinfecting them, cut off the old dressing. Nurse #1 then completed the treatment as ordered by the physician. When the treatment was completed Nurse #1 left the Resident’s room without performing hand hygiene, walked down the hall and using a keypad, entered the utility room contaminating the keypad on the door.

During an interview with the Director of Nursing at 11:45 A.M. she said that she was surprised that the nurse had not followed facility policy and standards of practice for infection control.

Failed to make sure that the nursing home area is safe, easy to use, clean and comfortable for residents, staff and the public.

Based on observation, interview, the Facility staff failed to maintain a safe environment for residents when they failed to ensure electrical wires were free from contact with flammable materials and an air intake window behind the dryers was free from obstruction.

Findings include:

1. On 2/23/2107, at 8:45 A.M., laundry was observed to be piled against open metal boxes of electrical wires. 2. On 2/23/2017, at 8:50 A.M. a blue pillow was observed stuffed into an opening in the wall leading to the outside, located approximately 8 inches above the floor and behind the laundry dryers. LA #2 removed the pillow and said that it should not be there. She said that she thought someone had put it there when the weather had become cold. She said she thought the pillow had been there a long time because it was so dirty. During an interview on 2/23/2017, at 8:55 A.M. the Maintenance Director said that the wires were both computer and phone wires. He said the laundry was piled too high and should not be touching the wires and indicated this could be a fire hazard. The Maintenance Director also said that the opening in the wall behind the dryers is the air intake and should never be blocked with anything as it was dangerous to do so.

Cambridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center, 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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Page Last Updated: November 19, 2017