Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation

MI Elder Abuse Free Legal ConsultationDid someone you love suffer elder abuse or neglect at Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation? 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 Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation

Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation is a for profit, 68-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Chicopee, Holyoke, Ludlow, Springfield, South Hadley, West Springfield, Wilbraham, Agawam, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, and the other towns in and surrounding Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation focuses on 24 hour care, respite care, hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation
44 New Lombard Road
Chicopee, MA 01020

Phone: (413) 592-7738
Website: https://phg-us.com/chicopee/

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, Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation in Chicopee, 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 2 out of 5 (Below Average)

Fines Against Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation

The Federal Government fined Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation $4,591 on October 05th, 2016 and $28,392 on December 1st, 2016 for health and safety violations.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Attorneys inspected government records and discovered Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation 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 staff interview, the facility failed to accurately assess the status of 2 residents (#3 and #7), out of a total sample of 14 residents, when completing the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Assessment.

Findings include:

1. For Resident #3, the facility staff failed to complete the the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS), Mood interview, and Pain interview, when completing the Quarterly MDS of 1/3/17.

1. Review of a Quarterly MDS assessment dated [DATE] indicated that the facility staff failed to conduct the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) and/or the staff assessment for mental status. The Mood interview was not conducted and/or the staff assessment of the Resident’s mood. The Pain interview was also not conducted. One reason not to conduct the interviews would be if the resident is rarely or never understood. Resident #3 was assessed as, understood, in Section B0700 of the MDS Assessment.

During an interview with the MDS Nurse, on 3/7/17 at 9:35 A.M., she said that she was told by the MDS Coordinator, if the MDS Assessment was not done on or before the ARD (assessment reference date), based on the RAI (resident assessment instrument) manual, she was to insert dashes in the blank areas which meant that the areas had not been assessed.

2. For Resident #7 the facility staff failed to conduct the BIMS, and Mood interviews, and failed to complete Section E, Behaviors, when completing the Annual MDS Assessments of 1/10/17. Resident #7 was admitted to the facility in 2/2015.

Review of the Annual MDS Assessment, dated 1/10/17, indicated that the BIMS interview was not conducted, the Mood interview was not conducted and the Behavior section was not completed. One reason not to conduct the interviews would be if the resident is rarely or never understood. Resident #7 was assessed as, usually understood, in Section B0700 of the MDS Assessment.

During an interview with the MDS Nurse on 3/1/17 at 4:15 P.M., she said that the BIMS interview and Mood interview should have been conducted and Section E should have been completed. She was unaware as to why the above sections of the MDS were not completed.

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 provide routine drugs and biologicals to it’s resident’s, on 2 of 2 Units, (North Wing and West Wing), which was identified during the tour of the Medication Room Refrigerator on the North Wing, and the Medication Refrigerator behind the West Wing Nursing Station.

Findings include:

On 3/7/17 at 10:00 A.M., the Surveyor approached Nurse #1 and asked her if she could show the Surveyor where the Medication Room was. Nurse #1 indicated the West Wing did not have a Medication Room, walked behind the Nursing to the back, and pointed out a locked refrigerator. Nurse # 1 unlocked the refrigerator. The following was observed:
– 1 Opened Multi-Dose Vial of Influenza Vaccine (Afluria) – Manufacturers Expiration date on box 6/30/16.
– 1 Opened, undated vial, of Tuberculin, Purified Protein Derivative (PPD), Manufacturers Guidelines indicate that vials in use more than 30 days should be discarded due to possible oxidation and degradation which may affect potency.

During interview with Nurse #1 at 10:15 A.M., she said both vials should be discarded and should have not been in the refrigerator, and she discarded them. The Surveyor observed the Medication Room and Refrigerator with Nurse #2 on 3/7/17 at 10:35 A.M The following was observed:

– 1 Opened, undated vial, of Tuberculin, Purified Protein Derivative (PPD), Inside of the Narcotic Box the surveyor observed:
– 1 open bottle of the anti-anxiety medication Lorazepam concentrate, 2 milligrams (mg)/milliliter (ml), for Resident #8. The expiration date was 9/3/16.
– 1 open bottle of Lorazepam concentrate, 2mg/ml, for Non-Sampled Resident #1. The expiration date was 10/28/16.

Review of Medication Cart B on the North Unit with Nurse #3, the surveyor observed 1 vial of insulin, Humulin R, opened and not dated when opened. Manufacturers guidelines indicate that in-use bottles must be used within 31 days or thrown out, even if they still contain Humulin R U-100. During discussion with the Director of Nursing on 3/7/17 at 2:30 P.M., she said that she was aware of the concern with the medications and the facility was already working on the problems.

Chicopee Gardens for Nursing Rehabilitation, 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: January 17, 2017