Saugus Center

Saugus Center

MI Elder Abuse Free Legal ConsultationDid someone you love suffer elder abuse or neglect at Saugus 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 Saugus Center

Saugus CenterSaugus Center is a for profit, 80-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Saugus, Lynn, Melrose, Swampscott, Revere, Wakefield, Malden, Peabody,  Stoneham, Everett, Lynnfield, Chelsea, Salem, Reading, Medford, and the other towns in and surrounding Essex County, Massachusetts.

Saugus Center focuses on 24 hour care, respite care, hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Saugus Center
Address 266 Lincoln Ave,
Saugus, MA 01906

Phone: (781) 233-6830

Website: Saugus Center

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, Saugus Center in Saugus 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 Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Saugus Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to provide care for residents in a way that keeps or builds each resident's dignity and respect of individuality.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**
Based on observations, record review and interview, the facility failed to ensure for 1 Resident (#12), out of a total sample of 15 Residents, that the resident was provided care in a dignified manner that recognized the Resident’s individualized needs.

Findings include:

For Resident #12, the facility staff failed to recognize that Resident #7 was incontinent prior to having his/her lunch.

Resident #12 was admitted to the facility in 12/2015. [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the most recent MDS (Minimum Data Set), signed as being completed 5/4/17, indicated the resident had a severe cognitive impairment, exhibited inattention and disorganized thinking, required extensive assistance with all ADLs (activities of daily living), was able to ambulate and was incontinent of bowel and bladder. The record review also indicated that Resident #12 was on hospice services.

On 6/26/17 at 12:18 P. M., Resident #12 was observed walking on the unit, he/she was observed walking in and out of room [ROOM NUMBER] (not his/her room). It was observed that the Resident was holding/fidgeting the front of his/her pants and the back of his/her shirt and pants were observed to be saturated/wet.

Resident #12 was then observed to be escorted to the dining room, on the same unit by the speech language pathologist (SLP), the SLP asked the Resident if he/she needed to use the bathroom, the Resident did not respond but continued to be holding the front of his/her pants.

Resident #12 was seated at a dining room table and within a few minutes, Resident #12 was assisted to walk to another table by a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). At the new dining room table, Resident #12 was assisted with eating his/her lunch by another CNA. During interview with the SLP on 6/26/17 at 1:32 P.M., he said he approached Resident #12 from the front to escort him/her to the dining room and that he asked Resident #12 if he/she needed to use the bathroom, because he was holding the front of his pants. The SLP said that he did not observe Resident #12 as having wet clothing.

Although Resident #12 came in contact with multiple staff members, all failed to recognize that he/she needed to be changed, resulting in the Resident having his/her meal while wearing wet clothing.

Failed to keep the rate of medication errors (wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong time) to less than 5%.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation and staff interview, the facility failed to ensure a medication error rate of less than 5%. Three (3) errors were observed, resulting in a medication error rate of 11.1%. One sampled resident (#11) and 2 non-sampled residents(NS#1 and NS#2) during observation of 27 opportunities.

Findings include:

During observation of medication pass 6/23/17 at 8:15 A.M. on the 2nd floor, Resident #11 had a physician order [REDACTED].#4 instilled 2 drops into the resident’s left eye and 1 drop into the resident’s right eye.

Nurse #4 acknowledged the physician order [REDACTED].

During observation of medication pass 6/23/17 at 9:20 A.M. on the 1st floor, NS #1 had a physician order [REDACTED].

Nurse #5 did not medicate NS #1 due to the medication was not available at the time. Nurse #5 said she would call the pharmacy to locate the medication. The surveyor inquired about the medication for the NS #1 at 11:00 A.M. Nurse #5 said the pharmacy confirmed the medication would arrive shortly and a call was out to the physician.

The surveyor confirmed that the medication was available in the facility emergency supply kit and Nurse #5 acknowledged a medication omission had occurred. During observation of medication pass on the 1st floor 6/26/17 at 4:15 P.M. with Nurse #2 the medication [MEDICATION NAME](to treat diabetes)1000 mg as ordered was prepared for NS #2. The surveyor observed the 30 tablet medication card and the medication expiration date was 5/31/17. Consumption of the medication was prohibited.

Interview with Nurse #2 confirmed he should have checked the expiration date prior to pouring the medication. Nurse #3 and the facility educator were notified of the occurrence.

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

Based on observations and staff interviews, the facility staff failed to ensure that medications and biologicals were of current date to provide reliability of strength and accuracy, on 2 of 2 units observed.

Findings include:

1. During an inspection of the 2nd floor medication room on 6/23/17 at 1:05 P.M., the following was observed:

The intravenous (IV) tackle box of supplies was labeled as expired as of 4/30/17. A bottle of liquid Lorazepam for oral use (doses are extracted by a syringe for oral administration) had no date of opening which was originally issued 5/13/17.

Nurse #1 was present for the observation. Nurse #1 also observed the expiration date on the IV kit and placed a call to the pharmacy for replacement. Nurse #1 said that the Lorazepam was for a resident who had died a while ago and removed the bottle for disposal.

2. During an inspection of the 1st floor medication room on 6/23/17 at 1:15 P.M., the following was observed:

10 – 2016/2017 single injection flu vaccines which expired 4/20/17. 1 – injection vial of Copaxone (a medication used to reduce the frequency of relapse in patients with multiple sclerosis) which expired 9/2014. Nurse #3 was present during the medication room observation. During interview she said the expired medications would be disposed of immediately. 3. During an inspection of the nursing medication cart on the 1st floor low side, the following were observed: Aspirin 325 mg. tablets which expired 5/2017; Vitamin B1 100 mg. tablets which expired 5/2017; Vitamin B6 100 mg tablets which expired 5/2017; Folic acid 400 mg tablets which expired 4/2017.

Nurse #5 said she was not aware these medications had expired.

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

Based on record review and staff interview, the facility failed to ensure a doctors order was written to discharge a resident for one Resident (#14), in a total sample of 15 Residents.
Resident #14 was discharged from the faility on 4/27/17, to home. Review of the clinical record indicated that no physician’s order was obtained to discharge the resident.

During an interview on 6/26/17, at 1:54 P.M., the Staff Educator said that she was unable to locate a physician’s order to discharge the Resident home in the clinical record and she said an order was not obtained.

Saugus 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: August 14, 2017

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