Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center

Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center

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About Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center

Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center is a for profit, 89-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Pittsfield, North Adams, Bennington VT, Northampton, Easthampton,  Greenfield, Troy NY, Albany NY, Watervliet NY, Westfield,  and the other towns in and surrounding Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center
265 Main St
Dalton, MA 01226

Phone: (413) 684-3212
Website: https://www.banecare.com/Craneville-Place-skilled-nursing-home-rehabilitation

CMS Star Quality Rating

Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care CenterThe 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, Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in Dalton, 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 3 out of 5 (Average)
Quality Measures 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to reasonably accommodate the needs and preferences of each resident.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation, record review and interview, the facility failed to accommodate the needs of one resident (#40), related to call bell use, in a total sample of 21 residents.

Findings include:

Resident #40 was admitted to the facility in 9/2009 and readmitted in 3/2017 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the annual Minimum Data Set assessment, with the Assessment Reference Date of 11/21/17, indicated a Brief Interview for Mental Status score of 0 out of 15 (severe cognitive loss). The resident had unclear speech, was sometimes understood and sometimes understands others. The resident had functional limitation in range of motion to bilateral lower extremities and impairment to upper extremity on one side (right). Review of the plan of care indicated the following: Be sure call bell is within reach and encourage resident to use it for assistance as needed. Resident needs prompt response to all requests for assistance.

Observation, on 1/22/18 at 9:30 A.M., found Resident #40 lying in bed on his/her back. The call bell cord was lying down the left side of the bed, between the bed and wall. The call bell button was not visible. The Surveyor asked Resident #40 if he/she could locate the call bell button, but Resident #40 was unable to locate the button. Observation, at 11:00 A.M., found Resident #40 sitting in a bariatric wheelchair with a full lap tray, leg rests and a foot buddy, in the bedroom. The call bell was lying on the floor and not in reach. Observation, on 1/23/18 at 9:45 A.M., found Resident #40 lying in bed on his/her back. The call bell cord was lying down the left side of the bed, between the bed and wall and not in reach. Observation, at 11:45 A.M., found Resident #40 sitting in a bariatric wheel chair with leg rests, foot buddy and full lap tray in the bedroom watching television. The call bell was on the left side of the bed and not within reach.

Observation, on 1/24/18 at 8:00 A.M., found Resident #40 lying in bed on his/her back. The call bell was lying down the left side of the bed, between the bed and wall. The call bell button was not visible. Observation, at 11:10 A.M., found Resident #40 sitting in a bariatric wheelchair in the bedroom. Resident #40 was watching television and held the remote in his/her left hand. The call bell was clipped to the right side of bed but was not within the resident’s reach. During an interview, on 1/25/18 at 11:30 A.M., Unit Manager (UM) #1 said that Resident #40 should have the call bell within reach when he/she is in bed and in the wheelchair. UM #1 said that she would have to educate the staff.

Observation, on 1/29/18 at 8:30 A.M., found Resident #40 lying in bed on his/her back. The call bell was clipped to his/her hospital gown, upper mid abdomen. The Surveyor asked Resident #40 to push the call bell button. Resident #40 attempted to reach for the call bell but could only raise his/her left arm part of the way up (due to chronic left shoulder dislocation). The Surveyor handed the call bell button to Resident #40 and asked him/her to push the button. Resident #40 was able to activate the call bell. The Surveyor showed UM #1 where the call bell button was attached to Resident #40’s hospital gown. UM #1 said the call bell should be clipped to the left side of the hospital gown so that Resident #40 could reach it. UM #1 said that she would have to educate the staff.

Failed to have a registered nurse on duty 8 hours a day; and select a registered nurse to be the director of nurses on a full time basis.

Based on review of the daily staffing schedules and staff interview, the facility failed to use the services of a registered nurse (RN) for at least 8 consecutive hours a day, 7 days a week.

Findings include:

Review of the daily staffing schedules for the months of 12/2017 and 1/2018 indicated that there was no weekend RN coverage for at least 8 consecutive hours a day on 12/3/17, 12/10/17, 12/16/17, 12/30/17, 12/31/17, 1/7/18, 1/13/18 and 1/14/18.

During an interview, on 1/29/18 at 11:45 P.M., the Director of Nursing said that she worked full time Monday through Friday and was on call 24 hours a day. She said that it was difficult to hire RNs and there was not adequate RN coverage on the weekends.

Failed to provide and implement an infection prevention and control program.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation, record review and interview, the facility failed to provide adequate infection control practices during a treatment observation, for 1 resident (#50), out of a total sample of 21 residents. Nurse #1 failed to cleanse hands with every glove change, failed to cleanse scissors prior to cutting a piece of [MEDICATION NAME] and picked up the piece of [MEDICATION NAME] to place into the wound bed with bare hands.

Findings include:

Resident #50 was admitted to the facility in 2/2012, with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the Quarterly assessment, with the Assessment Reference Date of 11/28/17, indicated the Brief Interview for Mental Status score was 0/15, indicating severe cognitive loss. Resident #50 was an extensive assist of 2 for bed mobility and transfers, did not ambulate, was dependent for activities of daily living and had an unstageable pressure ulcer.

Review of the physician’s orders [REDACTED]. Cleanse with normal saline, pat dry, apply skin prep to peri-wound and allow to dry, apply Z-guard to peri-wound, apply Santyl ointment, 250 UNIT/GM ([MEDICATION NAME]) to the wound bed, apply [MEDICATION NAME] and tape to secure, every day shift. Observation of the left lateral foot treatment, on 1/24/18 at 7:00 A.M., with Nurse #1 indicated the following:

The beside table was draped with a clean towel. Treatment supplies were placed on the towel. Nurse #1 washed hands and donned gloves. The old dressing was removed, no drainage noted. The wound was cleansed with normal saline and pat dry. The wound bed measured approximately 0.5 centimeter (cm) by 0.25 cm, with yellow slough in wound bed. Nurse #1 changed gloves without the benefit of hand washing. Skin prep was applied to the peri-wound. Nurse #1 changed gloves without the benefit of hand washing. Anti-fungal barrier cream was applied to the peri-wound with a sterile Q-tip. Nurse #1 applied Santyl ointment to the wound bed with a sterile Q-tip, then cut a small piece of [MEDICATION NAME], without cleansing the scissors. Nurse #1 removed gloves without the benefit of hand washing, picked up the piece of [MEDICATION NAME] with bare hands, applied the [MEDICATION NAME] to the wound bed and secured it with tape. During an interview, on 1/24/18 at 12:45 P.M., the Director of Nursing said education would be provided to the nurse regarding infection control practices.

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

Based on observation and interview, the Facility failed to ensure that personnel handled and stored linens to prevent the spread of infection.

Findings include:

During a tour of the Laundry Department with Laundry Assistant #1, on 11/17/16 at 1:00 P.M., the following was observed:

There was a 2 compartment set tub sink located across from the washing machines. Both sink compartments were heavily stained. There was a plastic splash guard in front of the right sink compartment. There was an emergency eye wash station attached to the left sink compartment. There was a small bottle of bleach stored on the back of the set tub. The metal paper towel holder, above the sink, was covered in rust. There was no separate hand washing sink in the laundry room. Laundry Assistant #1 said that the right sink was used to wash out soiled linen and the left sink was for hand washing. When rinsing soiled linen, laundry staff had to reach around the splash guard, then lift the linen up and over the the left sink causing possible contamination of the faucet, hand washing sink and emergency eye wash station, from splashing or dripping water.

During an interview, on 11/17/16 at 1:25 P.M., the Director of Environmental Services said that any heavily soiled linen (with stool or vomit) is rinsed in the right sink, and the left sink is used for hand washing. The Director of Environmental Services said there was plumbing for another sink in the soiled linen area, but the sink had been removed.

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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 – Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center

Inspection Report for Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center – 01/29/2018

Inspection Report for Craneville Place of Dalton Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center – 11/17/2016

Page Last Updated: August 14, 2018