John Adams HealthCare Center

John Adams HealthCare

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

John Adams HealthCare Center is a for profit, 71-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Quincy, Weymouth, Milton,  Randolph, Holbrook, Hingham, Hull, Dedham, Rockland, and the other towns in and surrounding Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

John Adams HealthCare Center
211 Franklin St,
Quincy, MA 02169

Phone: (617) 479-0837
Website: http://www.johnadamscarecenter.com/

CMS Star Quality Rating

John Adams HealthCareThe 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, John Adams HealthCare Center in Quincy, Massachusetts received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Performance Area Rating
Overall Rating 4 out of 5 (Above Average)
State Health Inspections 3 out of 5 (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 John Adams HealthCare Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property.

Based on interviews, the facility failed to provide effective education for the identification and prevention of resident abuse for facility employees.

Findings include:

Review of the facility’s Abuse Prevention Policy dated 11/2016 indicates that any staff having direct or indirect knowledge of any event that might constitute abuse must report the event immediately.

During interview with CNA #1 on 5/18/17 at 6:54 A.M., was interviewed regarding abuse. When asked what she would do if she witnessed a resident being hit by a nurse, she said she would intervene and tell the nurse to stop. When asked if she would report the incident, CNA #1 said if she saw it happen again, she would then report it.

During interview with the Administrator and the Director of Nursing, (DON), on 5/18/17, at 12:30 P.M., Surveyor #1 discussed the above interview. The DON said that CNA #1 is a relatively new staff person and had just recently been inserviced on abuse prevention.

Failed to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident's written plan of care.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation, record review and interview, the facility failed to follow facility policy and resident careplans for 3 residents, (#3, #4, #7), out of a total of 15 sampled residents.

Findings include:

1. For Resident #3, the facility failed to follow his/her careplan and facility policy regarding catheter care and monitoring his/her Foley catheter output. Resident #3 was admitted to the facility in 11/2016 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the facility’s Catheter Care Policy, undated, indicated the following: Maintaining Unobstructed Urine Flow – Check the resident frequently to keep the catheter and tubing free of kinks

Input/output: Observe the resident’s urine level for noticeable increase or decreases. If the level stays the same, or increases rapidly, report it to the physician or supervisor. Maintain an accurate record of the resident’s daily output per facility policy and procedure. Review of Resident #3’s Bladder Neoplasm; Foley Catheter careplan dated 12/6/16 indicated the following intervention: Ensure that Foley is draining and tubing is free from kinks. Assess for decreased output. Review of Resident #3’s UTI careplan dated 4/23/17 indicated the following intervention: Monitor urinary output.

On 5/16/17, Surveyor #1 observed Resident #3 seated in the TV area at 10:40 A.M. Resident #3’s catheter tubing was on the floor and his/her wheelchair was resting on top of the tubing causing obstruction of urine flow. On 5/18/17, Surveyor #1 observed Resident #3 seated in the dining area at 11:30 A.M. Resident #3’s catheter tubing was on the floor under his/her wheelchair. Resident #3 was wearing sneakers and his/her feet were firmly resting on top of the tubing causing obstruction of urine flow.

Review of Resident #3’s clinical record indicated that there was sporadic documentation of resident urinary output. During interview with Unit Manager #1 on 5/17/17 at 8:55 A.M., she said that output should be consistently documented and she could not provide Surveyor#1 with ongoing or updated documentation of his/her output. During interview with the Director of Nursing, (DON), on 5/17/17 at 9:35 A.M., she said that the facility does not monitor output for residents on with a Foley catheter unless there is a specific physician’s orders [REDACTED].#3’s careplan.

2. For Resident #7, the facility failed to follow his/her careplan and facility policy regarding catheter care and monitoring his/her Foley catheter output. Resident #7 was admitted to the facility in 9/2016 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the facility’s Catheter Care Policy, undated, indicated the following: Maintaining Unobstructed Urine Flow – Check the resident frequently to keep the catheter and tubing free of kinks

Input/output: Observe the resident’s urine level for noticeable increase or decreases. If the level stays the same, or increases rapidly, report it to the physician or supervisor. Maintain an accurate record of the resident’s daily output per facility policy and procedure.

Review of Resident #7’s Risk of UTI careplan’s indicated the following: Assess output for sediment, foul odor, hematuria, etc. Unit Manager #2 had written in ‘by appearance’. Review of Resident #7’s clinical record indicated sporadic documentation of output from Resident #7’s Foley catheter. During interview with Unit Manager #2 on 5/17/17 at 10:10 A.M., she said that she was unsure when she had handwritten on the careplan that assessment should be done by appearance. When asked about monitoring output, she said that staff observe the contents of the bag itself. She added, Sometimes I just look at it instead of pouring it into the urinal, or words to that effect.

During interview with the Director of Nursing, (DON), on 5/17/17 at 9:35 A.M., she said that the facility does not monitor output for residents on with a Foley catheter unless there is a specific physician’s orders [REDACTED].#7’s careplan.

3. For Resident #4 the facility failed to apply TED stockings as ordered by his/her physician. On 6/17/16, Resident #4 was admitted to the facility with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the physician’s orders [REDACTED].M. On 5/17/17, at 09:53 A.M., Resident #4 was observed in his/her bed lying on top of his sheets. Resident #4 was wearing socks and not the prescribed TED stockings. At 12:00 P.M. on 5/1717, Resident #4 was observed in the dining room wearing socks and not TED stockings. At 12:05 P.M., on 5/17/17 CNA #2 was interviewed by Surveyor #2. CNA #2 stated that Resident #4 should be wearing TED stockings, but that they were in the wash. The CNA then stated, I’ll go put them on him/her, or words to that effect. At 12:20 P.M., on 5/17/17 the DON was interviewed and acknowledged that Resident #4 should be wearing his or her TED stockings during the day.

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

Based on observation and staff interview, the facility failed to ensure that food is stored under sanitary conditions in the main kitchen’s refrigerator and in 1 resident’s personal refrigerator (#8), out of a total of 15 sampled residents.

Findings include:

1. On 5/16/17, at 07:05 A.M., Surveyor #2 entered the facility’s kitchen. Upon entering the walk-in refrigerator, Surveyor #2 noted not dated food on the shelf closest to the door. On the top shelf was a metal bowl with macaroni inside with a plastic wrap cover, not dated. The second shelf contained a slow cooker pot with a glass top, with a gravy like substance, not dated. The bottom shelf had plastic wrapped hamburger meat in a metal tray, not dated. On the floor in front of the shelving was a tray of strawberries in a sauce, not dated.

On the next shelving unit, on the top shelf there were orange slices and lettuce on a cookie sheet covered with plastic wrap, not dated. On the second shelf, was a tray with two carafe with approximately two inches of orange juice at the bottom, not dated and a second carafe with approximately 3 inches of apple juice at the bottom, not dated. Next to the tray was another slow cooker with a glass top with a pureed substance on the inside, not dated. On the bottom shelf, was a metal container with mashed potatoes with a plastic wrapped cover, not dated.

Surveyor #2 interviewed the cook who entered the refrigerator. The cook acknowledged that all food should be dated, and that all food should be on a shelf and not on the floor. On 5/18/17, at 9:20 A.M., Surveyor #2 interviewed the Food Service Manager, who said all food should be dated, and that no food is to be stored on the floor at any time.

2. For Resident #8 the facility failed to appropriately monitor the contents and temperature of his/her personal refrigerator. On 5/16/17 at 1:30 P.M., in Unit 3, Surveyor #3 made a general observation in Resident #8’s room and noted a personal refrigerator. Inside the refrigerator the following items were observed:

Container of tuna salad, undated
Container of chicken salad, undated
Container of green salad, undated
One laughing cow cheese, undated.

A blank Daily Refrigerator Cleaning log dated 1/22/2016 was located on the refrigerator. On the side of the refrigerator an undated form of instructions indicated: Any solid food belonging to a Resident will be disposed of after 2 day. Please put date on all food containers. Medication Nurse #1 was interviewed on 5/16/17 at 1:40 P.M. When asked who is responsible for cleaning, monitoring the contents or temperature of Resident #8’s personal refrigerator, she said nursing is not responsible and that she doesn’t know who is. She additionally said that family of Resident #8 comes often to visit and bring food and that family member throws away old food.

On 5/18/17 at 10:00 A.M., the Administrator was interviewed and told surveyor that moving forward, housekeeping will be responsible for cleaning the refrigerator and monitoring personal resident refrigerators.

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

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY** Based on observation, record review and interview, the facility failed to follow appropriate infection control policy regarding catheter tubing for 1 resident, (#3), out of a total of 15 sampled residents.

Findings include:

Resident #3 was admitted to the facility in 11/2016 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the facility’s Catheter Care Policy, undated, indicated the following: Infection Control – be sure the catheter tubing and drainage bag are kept off the floor. On 5/16/17, Surveyor #1 observed Resident #3 seated in the TV area at 10:40 A.M. Resident #3’s catheter tubing was on the floor and his/her wheelchair was resting on top of the tubing.

On 5/18/17 at 11:30 A.M., Surveyor #1 observed Resident #3 seated in the dining room. His/her catheter tubing and bag was resting on the floor under his/her wheelchair. Resident #3’s sneakers were firmly resting on top of the tubing. At 11:38 A.M., the Staff Development Coordinator arrived and picked up Resident #3’s tubing and bag so it was no longer on the floor, and affixed to the side of his/her wheelchair. She said that the bag and tubing should not be on the floor.

John Adams HealthCare 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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Sources:

Medicare Nursing Home Profiles and Reports – John Adams HealthCare Center

Inspection Report for John Adams HealthCare Center – 05/18/2017

Page Last Updated: April 19, 2018

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