Royal Wood Mill Center

800 Essex St, Lawrence, MA 01841

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Abuse of the elderly is not acceptable and we fight hard in these types of cases. If you suspect Royal Wood Mill Center or a caregiver has caused harm to your loved one, contact our law firm today for a free legal consultation.

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About Royal Wood Mill Center

800 Essex St, Lawrence, MA 01841Royal Wood Mill Center is a for profit, 94-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Lawrence,  North Andover, Methuen, Andover, and the other towns in and surrounding Essex County, Massachusetts.

Royal Wood Mill Center focuses on 24 hour care, respite care, hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Royal Wood Mill Center
Address 800 Essex St,
Lawrence, MA 01841

Phone: (978) 686-2994
Website: http://www.royalhealthgroup.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 2017, Royal Wood Mill Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts received a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

Performance Area Rating
Overall Rating 3 out of 5 (Average)
State Health Inspections 3 out of 5 (Average)
Staffing 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Quality Measures 1 out of 5 (Much Below Average)

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Attorneys inspected government records and discovered Royal Wood Mill Center committed the following offenses:

Failure to review or revise the resident's care plan after any major change in a resident's physical or mental health.

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

Based on record review and interview, the facility failed to complete a significant change assessments for 1 resident, (#1), out of 17 sampled residents.

Findings include:

For Resident #1, the facility failed to complete a significant change assessment per policy.

Resident #1 was admitted to the facility in 2015 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of Resident #1’s most recent Quarterly Minimum Data Set, ((MDS) dated [DATE] indicated the following:

  • Resident #1 required limited, one person assist for transfers
  • Resident #1 was independent for eating
  • Resident #1 was always incontinent of bladder

Review of Resident #1’s Annual MDS dated [DATE] indicated the following:

Resident #1 required extensive, one person assist for transfers Resident #1 required supervision and set up assistance for eating Resident #1 was always continent of bladder During interview with the MDS coordinator on 3/1/17 at 10:25 A.M., she said that when a resident has a change in two or more of the above areas a Significant Change MDS should occur.

Failure 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 observation, record review and interview, facility staff failed to ensure the accuracy of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment for 4 of 17 sampled Residents (#4, #5,#6, and #9).

Findings include:

For Resident #4, admitted to the Facility in 12/2010 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. The Quarterly MDS assessment dated [DATE],was not accurately documented regarding the code status of the Resident. The Quarterly MDS indicated the Resident was a full code. However, Review of the MOLST (Massachusetts medical orders for life sustaining treatment) document dated 8/25/16 indicated the Resident’s code status was Do Not Resuscitate. Review of the physician’s orders [REDACTED].

For Resident #5, admitted to the Facility in 1/2015 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. However, review of the medical record indicated the Resident had an activated Health Care Proxy dated 1/30/15. It was confirmed with the Director Nursing that the Resident did not have a legal guardian established.

For Resident #6, admitted to the Facility in 8/2015 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. The Quarterly MDS indicated the Resident was a full code. However, review of the MOLST document dated 10/6/16 indicated the Resident’s code status was Do Not Resuscitate, Do Not Intubate. Review of the Medication Administration Record [REDACTED].

For Resident #9 the facility failed to assess his/her cognitive and mood sections of his/her most recent MDS.

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

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**
Based on observations and staff interview, the facility failed to ensure that multi-use vials were labeled for date opened and expired and out of date medications were removed from use and discarded on 2 of 2 units.

Findings include:

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.

1. During an inspection of the 2nd floor medication room on [DATE] at 9:15 A.M., with Nurse #1, one vial of flu vaccine was open and labeled as expired as of [DATE]. One vial of Tuberculin Purified Derivative (TB) solution was opened and not dated. Nurse #1 , who was present for the inspection noted the bottles and discarded them.

2. During an inspection of the 1st floor medication room on [DATE] at 1:00 P.M., with Nurse #2, one bottle of pantoprazole (a medication for excess stomach acid secretion) was labeled as expired. Nurse #2 , who was present for the inspection noted the bottle and discarded it.

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

Based of record review and interview the facility failed to maintain a complete and readily accessible clinical record for two Residents, (#3 and #8), in a total sample of 17 Residents.

Findings include:

1. For Resident #3 the medical record failed to have a discharge summary from the referring hospital and did not have any clinical notes from the medical doctor, (MD), and or nurse practitioner, (NP). During interview with nurse #5 on 2/28/17 at 1:00PM., she said the initial history and physical note from the MD or NP should be in the chart, also the discharge summary from the referring hospital. She said the clinical notes could be in medical records.

2. For Resident #8 the clinical record failed to have any clinical progress notes from the
MD and or the NP. The staff who worked in medical records said she had them and had not
filed them in the record.

Royal Wood Mill 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: November 18, 2017

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