Elmhurst Nursing Home

MA Elder Abuse Free Legal ConsultationDid someone you love suffer elder abuse or neglect at Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst Nursing Home

Elmhurst Nursing Home is a for profit, 45-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Melrose, Stoneham, Malden, Saugus,  Wakefield, Everett, Medford, Winchester, Revere, Woburn, and the other towns in and surrounding Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Elmhurst Nursing Home
743 Main St
Melrose, MA 02176

Phone: (781) 662-7500

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 2018, Elmhurst Nursing Home in Melrose, 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 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
Staffing 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)
Quality Measures 3 out of 5 (Average)

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Accident Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Elmhurst Nursing Home committed the following offenses:

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

Base on observation and staff interview, the facility failed to maintain sanitary conditions during food preparation.

Findings include:

Observation of the lunch preparation and tray line 5/17/17 at 11:45 A.M. revealed Cook #2 slicing watermelon with gloves on. She completed the task, removed her gloves and placed the soiled gloves on the cutting surface. She covered the watermelon with plastic wrap. Cook #2 then put on gloves without performing hand hygiene and continued to slice more watermelon.

Cook #2 removed her gloves, obtained a box of hamburgers from the freezer, opened the package, put gloves on without performing hand hygiene, removed several hamburgers from the box and put them on the grilling surface.

Cook #2 had gloves on, placed two cooked hamburgers into the robot coupe to chop, then answered the telephone with the gloves on. She hung the telephone up and returned to the robot coupe without removing gloves and performing hand hygiene.

Cook #2 removed her gloves, performed hand hygiene, dried her hands and placed the soiled paper towel on the cutting surface. During interview Cook #2 recognized the errors made and stated she was very nervous being observed by the surveyor.

Cook #1 performed hand hygiene, dried her hands with paper towel, shut off the water faucets with the paper towel, continued to dry her hands further with the now soiled paper towel and then wiped down the cutting area with the same soiled paper towel. During interview Cook #1 recognized the errors and stated the hand hygiene errors were not acceptable practice.

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 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 1st floor medication room on 5/16/17 at 9:10 A.M., the following was observed:

– 5 Intravenous replacement caps with an expiration date of 3/2014.
– 2 Intravenous replacement caps with an expiration date of 3/2015.
– 5 Intravenous replacement caps with an expiration date of 9/2015.
– 4 Intravenous replacement caps with an expiration date of 1/2016.
– 3 Safety glide needles with an expiration date of 8/2009.
– 1 Culture and sensitivity transfer straw kit with an expiration date of 2/2017.
– 1 liter of sodium chloride Intravenous (IV) solution with an expiration date of 3/2017
. – 1 vial of Depo-Medrol open and not dated.
– 1 vial of Lidocaine injection open and not dated. – 1 bottle of sterile water for injection open and not dated.
– 1 bottle of Miralax (a laxative) with an expiration date of 12/2016.
– 98 Vacutainer/Serum collection tubes ( used for blood collection) with an expiration date of 9/2016.
– 6 Vacutainer/Serum collection tubes with an expiration date of 3/2017.
– 1 Vacutainer/Serum collection tubes with an expiration date of 11/2016. During an interview on 5/16/2017, at 9:22 A.M., Nurse #1 said she would dispose of the expired medications and supplies.

2. During an inspection of the 2nd floor medication room on 5/16/2017, at 8:30 A.M. the following was observed:

– 1 box of gas relief simethicone tablets with an expiration date of 3/2017.
– 1 box of gas relief simethicone tablets with an expiration date of 4/2017.
– 1 vial of Tuberculin serum ( an injectable serum to test for [DIAGNOSES REDACTED])open and without a date.
– 1 bottle of Urinalysis test strips with an expiration date of 5/20/2016.
– 2 catheter stabilization devices with an expiration date of 2/2015.
– 2 catheter stabilization devices with an expiration date of 6/2015.
– 1 catheter stabilization device with an expiration date of 10/2015.
– 1 catheter stabilization device with an expiration date of 12/2014.
– 1 catheter stabilization device with an expiration date of 11/2016.
– 1 box of Tempa dot single use thermometer strips with an expiration date of 10/2012.
– 100 Vacutainer tubes with an expiration date of 2/2017.
– 10 Vacuette Z serum sep clot activator tubes with an expiration date of 2/2016.
– 2 Intravenous (IV) access cannulas with an expiration date of 9/2014.
– 4 Hypodermic needles with an expiration date of 1/2017.
– 1 Sodium Heparin vacutainer with an expiration date of 8/2014.
– 1 Sodium Heparin vacutainer with an expiration date of 9/2014.
– 21 plastic cannulas with an expiration date of 8/2013.
– 1 non-coring port needle extension set with an expiration date of 4/2016.
– 2 Z 800 IV pump sets with an expiration date of 2/2017.
– 1 IV administration set with an expiration date of 6/2016.
– 2 Patrol pump sets with piercing pin with an expiration date of 8/2012.
– 1 Patrol pump set with piercing pin with an expiration date of 3/2012.

During an interview on 5/16/2017, at 8:52 A.M., Nurse #2 said there should be nothing expired in the medication room and she would dispose of the expired medications and supplies.

Elmhurst 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.

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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 – Elmhurst Nursing Home

Inspection Report for Elmhurst Nursing Home – 05/17/2017

Page Last Updated: April 15, 2018

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