Countryside Nursing Home

MI Elder Abuse Free Legal ConsultationDid someone you love suffer elder abuse or neglect at Countryside Nursing Home? 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 Countryside Nursing Home

Countryside Nursing Home is a for profit, 30-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Ashland,  Southborough, Natick, Hopkinton, Wayland, Sudbury, Holliston,  Marlborough, Wellesley, Weston, Westborough, Hudson, and the other towns in and surrounding Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Countryside Nursing Home focuses on 24 hour care, respite care, hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Countryside Nursing Home
153 Winter St
Framingham, MA 01702

Phone: 508-872-5250
Website: http://countrysidenursinghome.net/

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, Countryside Nursing Home in Framingham, Massachusetts received a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

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

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Injury Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Countryside Nursing Home committed the following offenses:

failed to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents; or report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents.

Based on interview and record review, the facility staff failed to ensure Nurse Aide Registry checks were completed prior to the date of hire for 2 of 5 employees reviewed.

Findings include:

Review of the Abuse Prohibition Policy, dated 4/26/13, indicated that Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) registry checks are completed prior to employment for all facility employees.

Review of Employee #1’s personnel file and facility schedule indicated the date of hire was 2/9/17. Further review indicated a Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry check was not requested until 2/10/17.

Review of Employee #2’s personnel file indicated the date of hire was 1/11/17. Further review indicated a Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry check was not requested until 1/17/17.

During an interview on 3/9/17 at 7:30 A.M., the Director of Nurses said both employees should have had the Nurse Aide Registry checks completed prior to being hired and working in the facility, but were not.

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 interview the facility staffed failed to accurately code and complete the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Assessment relative to attempting resident interviews for Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS), Mood, Activity Preferences and Pain for 4 Residents (#2, #3, #4 and #8) in a total sample of 10 residents.

Findings include:

Review of the MDS Manual indicated resident interview should be attempted if the resident is coded as understood, usually understood or sometimes understood.

1. For Resident #3, the facility staff failed to ensure the accuracy of a Quarterly and Annual MDS Assessment relative to attempting the BIMS and resident interviews for Mood and Activity Preferences, and an Annual MDS Assessment relative to attempting the resident interview for Activity Preferences. Resident #3 was admitted to the facility in 4/2015 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the 3/8/16 Annual MDS Assessment indicated the resident interview for Daily and Activity Preferences was not attempted. The resident was coded as usually understood. Review of the 11/8/16 Quarterly and 1/24/17 Annual MDS Assessments indicated the resident interviews were not attempted for the BIMS and Mood. Additionally, the Annual MDS Assessment indicated the resident interview was not attempted for the Daily and Activity Preferences. Both MDS Assessments indicated the resident was coded as sometimes understood.

2. For Resident #4, the facility staff failed to ensure the accuracy of a Quarterly and Annual MDS Assessment relative to attempting the resident interviews for the BIMS, Mood and Activity Preferences. Resident #4 was admitted to the facility in 11/2015 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the 8/2/16 Quarterly and 10/25/16 Annual MDS Assessments, indicated the resident interviews were not attempted for the BIMS and Mood. Additionally, the Annual MDS Assessment indicated the resident interviews were not attempted for the Daily and Activity Preferences and Pain. Both MDS assessments indicated the resident was coded as sometimes understood.

3. For Resident #2, the facility staff failed to correctly code three MDS Assessments relative to attempting resident interviews. Resident #2 was admitted to the facility in 5/2011 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of a Quarterly MDS Assessment, dated 7/5/16, indicated the resident was sometimes understood. Neither the BIMS nor the interviews for Mood or Pain were attempted. Review of an Annual MDS Assessment, dated 9/20/16, indicated the resident was sometimes understood. Neither the BIMS nor the interviews for Mood or Pain were attempted. Review of a Quarterly MDS Assessment, dated 12/13/16, indicated the resident was sometimes understood. Neither the BIMS nor the interviews for Mood or Pain were attempted.

4. For Resident #8, the facility failed to correctly code a Quarterly MDS Assessment relative to attempting resident interviews. Resident #8 was admitted to the facility in 7/2014 with a [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of a Quarterly MDS Assessment, dated 12/20/16, indicated the resident was usually understood. Neither the BIMS nor the Mood resident interviews had been attempted. The resident interview for Pain, however, was attempted and completed. On 3/9/17 at 10:30 A.M. during an interview with the Director of Nurses, she said, relative to the above issues, that she understood the error regarding the failure to attempt resident interviews when the resident was assessed as being able to be understood, rather than rarely or never understood. She was going to coordinate education for staff.

Countryside Nursing Home, 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.

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.


Sources:

Medicare Nursing Home Profiles and Reports – Countryside Nursing Home

Inspection Report for Countryside Nursing Home –03/09/2017

Page Last Updated: March 5, 2018

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