Lighthouse Nursing Care Center

Lighthouse Nursing Care Center

MI Elder Abuse Free Legal ConsultationDid someone you love suffer elder abuse or neglect at Lighthouse Nursing Care Center? 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 Lighthouse Nursing Care Center

Lighthouse Nursing Care CenterLighthouse Nursing Care Centeris a for non-profit, 123-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Chelsea, Everett, Winthrop, Malden, and the other towns in and surrounding Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Lighthouse Nursing Care Center focuses on 24 hour care, respite care, hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Lighthouse Nursing Care Center
204 Proctor Avenue
Revere, MA 02151

Phone: (781) 286-3100
Website: https://www.lighthousenursing.org/

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, Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere Massachusetts received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Performance Area Rating
Overall Rating 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
State Health Inspections 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Staffing 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Quality Measures 2 out of 5 (Below Average)

Fines Against Lighthouse Nursing Care Center

The Federal Government fined Lighthouse Nursing Care Center $21,938 on 11/18/2014 for health and safety violations.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys inspected government records and discovered Lighthouse Nursing Care Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way

Based on observations and interview, the facility failed to ensure that food and equipment was kept under sanitary conditions, in the two of three nourishment kitchens on the nursing care units. Sanitary conditions must be present in healthcare food service settings to promote safe food handling.

Findings include:

During inspection of the 3rd floor nursing unit kitchenette on 2/2/17 at 8:00 A.M., the following was observed:

  • One loaf of bread with an expiration date of 1/25/17, seven days pass the expiration date.
  • A pool of standing water in the bottom of the refrigerator

Observation of the 2nd floor kitchenette on 2/2/17 at 8:14 A.M., the following was observed:

  • The ice scoop holder had standing water and the scoop was resting in the water.
  • Activia yogurt with an expiration date of 1/21/17, 13 days pass the expiration date. During interview with CNA #2 on 2/2/17 at 8:26 A.M., she said it was the dietary department who checks the kitchenettes.

Interview with UM #2 said the 11 P.M.,- 7:00 A.M., staff discard expired food or remove items in question. The Food Service Director said that food left in the refrigerators is to be discarded after 5 days and that the dietary department is responsible for keeping the refrigerators clean.

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

Based on observations, interviews and review of policy, the Facility failed to ensure that a multi-dose vial of flu vaccine was labeled in accordance with currently accepted professional principles and included the date the vial was opened and included the expiration date and that medications were not left unattended on the medication cart.

Findings include:

Review of the Facility policy titled: Pharmacy Services Policy and Procedures revised on 3/1/11, Section 2, point 2.9, indicated that Do not leave medication or chemicals unattended on the med cart. On 2/1/17 at 4:23 P.M., during observation of a medication pass, Nurse #1 was observed preparing medications for administration and left the following medications on the medication cart: Atenolol (a medication used to treat high blood pressure), Seroquel (an anti-psychotic) and Senna and Colace (both medications are used for constipation), unattended while she administered the medication to the Resident. The Unit Manager was sitting next to the medication cart with the unattended medications and Surveyor #2 pointed out the medications to her at the time it occurred. The Unit Manager said this was not accepted practice. Surveyor #2 pointed out the medications left on the cart to Nurse #1 who said, oh, I guess I felt comfortable because the cart is behind the nursing station.

On 2/1/17 at 4:30 P.M., continuing the next medication pass with Nurse #1, Nurse #1 was observed preparing medications for administration for the another resident and again left the following medication, a stock bottle of Magnesium Oxide (a mineral supplement) unattended on the medication cart while she administered the medication to the resident. Surveyor #2 pointed this out to Nurse #1 who said, I can’t believe it, I just need to stop now.

Review of the Facility policy titled: Storage and Expiration Dating of Drugs, Biologicals, and Needles, revision date 5/26/17 indicated that Drugs, biologicals, syringes and needles are stored under proper conditions with regard to sanitation, temperature, light, moisture, ventilation, segregation, safety, security and expiration dates as directed by state and federal regulations and manufacturer/supplier guidelines. Section 2, point 3.1 indicated that Once any drug or biological package is opened, follow manufacturer/supplier guidelines for use in expiration dating.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that multi-dose medication vials should always be discarded whenever sterility is compromised or questionable. In addition, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter 797 recommends if a multi-dose vial has been opened or accessed (e.g., needle-punctured) the vial should be dated and discarded within 28 days unless the manufacturer specifies a different (shorter or longer) date for that opened vial.

During an inspection of the 3rd floor medication room on 2/2/17 at 3:35 P.M., with Nurse #2, the following was observed: one vial of 2016/2017 Flu Vaccine multi-use vial was open and not dated and did not have an expiration date on the vial.

Nurse #2 was not aware the Flu Vaccine vial was not labeled appropriately and discarded the vial in the presence of Surveyor #2.

Failed to keep accurate, complete and organized clinical records on each resident that meet professional standards

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

Based on observations, record review and interviews, the facility failed to accurately document the type of bathing performed for 1 resident (#7) out of a total of 23 sampled residents.

Findings include:

For Resident #7, the facility failed to properly document the type of bath provided for the month of January 2017. Resident #7 was admitted to the facility in 11/2016 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Resident #7 was interviewed on 2/1/17 at 2:30 P.M., Resident #7 said that she only had 3 or four showers since she/he was admitted .

Review of the medical record ADL (activities of daily living documentation sheet) for January that certified nurse assistants record bathing, type (S=shower; B=full body bath; P=partial bath) only indicated that the Resident required 3 level assistance which is extensive physical assistance, however, the sheet did not indicate the type of bath the Resident received for the entire month of January.

Resident #7 was interviewed again on 2/2/17 at 9:00 A.M. Resident #7 said that she wants to shower every other day now that she is sick and that one nurse in particular gave a beautiful shower. Resident #7 said that she would like to shower more. The Resident said that she didn’t want to press the issue because she/he was leaving soon.

The Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) was interviewed on 2/2/17 at 9:15 A.M. The ADON looked at the ADL documentation sheet and noted that the square did not leave a space where Certified Nurse Assistants could document the type of bath provided. The ADON said the documentation was not accurate or complete.

The DON was interviewed on 2/2/17 at 5:00 P.M. The DON also acknowledged that documentation regarding type of bath provided to residents was not accurate or complete. The DON said that each unit has a schedule for showing residents, but the information is not documented on the current sheet in use.

Lighthouse Nursing Care 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: September 14, 2017

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