Coleman House

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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 Coleman House

Coleman House is a for profit, 45-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Northborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, Southborough,  Hudson, Clinton, Grafton, Hopkinton, Worcester, and the other towns in and surrounding Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Coleman House
112 W Main St,
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: 508-351-9355
Website: https://www.colemanhouse.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 2018, Coleman House in Northborough, Massachusetts received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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

Fines Against Coleman House

The Federal Government fined Coleman house $1,170 on July 07th, 2016 for health and safety violations.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Coleman House committed the following offenses:

Failed to make sure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and provides supervision to prevent avoidable accidents.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation record review and interview the facility staff failed to obtain consent and assess risk for entrapment for 9 residents ( #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, and #11) out of a total of 12 sampled residents.

Findings include:

1. For Resident #1 facility staff failed to obtain informed consent for the use/application of siderails. The facility also failed to ensure that the safety of the siderails was assessed for the risk of entrapment. Resident #1 was admitted to the facility 7/2016 with multiple [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the care plan for risk of alteration in skin indicated that ‘1/4’ siderails were up when the resident was in bed. Review of the clinical record did not indicate that informed consent was obtained by the resident or responsible party for the use of siderails, nor was there any safety assessment completed for the risk of entrapment, as required. Observation of the resident’s bed on 9/20/17, indicated bilateral 1/2 siderails were in place.

2. For Resident #2 facility staff failed to obtain informed consent for the use/application of siderails. The facility also failed to ensure that the safety of the siderails were assess for the risk of entrapment. Resident #2 was admitted to the facility 5/2017, with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the care plan for fall risk indicated the resident used 2 1/4 siderails in bed to aid in self positioning. Review of the clinical record did not indicate that informed consent was obtained by the resident or responsible party for the use of siderails, nor was there any safety assessment completed for the risk of entrapment, as required. Observation of the residents bed on 9/19/17, indicated bilateral 1/2 siderails were in place.

3. For Resident #8 facility staff failed to obtain informed consent for the use/application of siderails. The facility also failed to ensure that the safety of the siderails were assess for the risk of entrapment. Resident #8 was admitted to the facility 7/2011 with multiple [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the current Physician orders indicated an order dated 8/2/17 for the resident to have padded 1/2 siderails when in bed. Review of the clinical record did not indicate that informed consent was obtained by the resident or responsible party for the use of siderails, nor was there any safety assessment completed for the risk of entrapment, as required. Observation of the resident on 9/20/17 at 2:10 P.M., in bed with the head of the bed elevated 30 degrees and bilateral padded 1/2 siderails up.

4. For Resident #4, the facility staff failed to obtain informed consent for the use/application of side rails. The facility also failed to ensure that the safety of the side rails were assessed for entrapment. Resident #4 was admitted to the facility in 12/2015 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the 7/2017 Monthly Physician Orders did not indicate an order for [REDACTED]. Review of the clinical record did not indicate that informed consent was obtained by the resident and/or responsible party for the use of the side rails, nor was there any safety assessment completed for risk assessment, as required. During an observation on 9/19/17 at 2:10 P.M., the resident was awake and resting in bed. A bed alarm was noted on the bed. The call light was within resident’s reach. There were 2 half side rails in the up position.

5. For Resident #6, the facility staff failed to obtain informed consent for the use/application of side rails. The facility also failed to ensure that the safety of the side rails were assessed for entrapment. Resident #6 was admitted to the facility in 9/2015 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the 9/2017 Monthly Physician Orders did not indicate an order for [REDACTED]. Review of the clinical record did not indicate that informed consent was obtained by the resident and/or responsible party for the use of side rails, nor was there any safety assessment completed for risk assessment as required. During an observation on 9/20/17 at 7:20 A.M., the resident was resting in bed with eyes closed. The call light was within reach. There were 2 half side raised in the up position.

6. For Resident #7, the facility staff failed to obtain informed consent for the use/application of side rails. The facility also failed to ensure that the safety of the side rails were assessed for entrapment. Resident #7 was admitted to the facility in 4/2017 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the 8/2017 Monthly Physician Orders did not indicate an order for [REDACTED]. Review of the clinical record did not indicate that informed consent was obtained by the resident and/or responsible party for the use of the side rails, nor was there any safety assessment completed for risk assessment, as required. During an observation on 9/19/17 at 1:30 P.M., the resident was resting in bed with eyes closed. The radio was playing. The call light was within reach. There were 2 half side rails in the up position.

During an interview with the Director of Nurses (DON) on 9/20/17 at 10:10 A.M. and at she said the facility staff did not get informed consent or complete resident specific safety entrapment risk assessment prior to the use of siderails because they were unaware that it was required. During a follow up interview with the DON on 9/20/17 at 1:00 P.M., she said that the facility used 1/2 siderails not 1/4 siderails and they did not have a policy for siderail use.

Coleman House, 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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Sources:

Medicare Nursing Home Profiles and Reports – Coleman House

Inspection Report for Coleman House – 09/21/2017

Page Last Updated: April 11, 2018