Lakeview House Nursing Home

Lakeview House

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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 Lakeview House Nursing Home

Lakeview House Nursing Home is a for profit, 26-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Haverhill, Plaistow NH, Atkinson NH, Newton NH, Salem NH, North Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, Hampstead NH, Amesbury, and the other towns in and surrounding Essex County, Massachusetts.

Lakeview House Nursing Home
87 Shattuck St
Haverhill, MA 01830

Phone: (978) 372-1081
Website: http://www.lakeviewhousema.com/

CMS Star Quality Rating

Lakeview HouseThe 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, Lakeview House Nursing Home in Haverhill, 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 5 out of 5 (Much Above Average)

Fines Against Lakeview House Nursing Home

The Federal Government has not fined Lakeview House Nursing Home in the last 3 years.

Fines and Penalties

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

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.

Findings include:

During an inspection of the medication room on 4/10/17 at 7:51 A.M., the following was observed:

A. 1 bottle Humulin R ( a medication to regulate blood sugar) open and without a date. Per manufacturer’s guidelines an open vial should be discarded after 28 days.

B. 1 bottle of influenza vaccination opened and without a date, per the manufacturer’s guidelines an open vial of flu vaccine should be discarded after 28 days.

C. 1 box of Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 0.083% prescribed for Resident #3, with an expiration date of 10/2016.

During an interview on 4/10/2017, at 8:06 A.M., Nurse #1 said she would dispose of the expired medications.

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 and review of Facility policy, the Facility failed to follow proper infection control practices for the prevention and spread of infection for 2 sampled Residents (#3 and #9) relative to a dressing change and relative to medical equipment used to deliver oxygen and aerosol medications, for 2 non-sampled Residents (NS#1 and NS#2) during meal pass. The Facility also failed to ensure that Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) changed gloves appropriately.

Findings include:

1. For Sampled Resident #3 the Facility failed to maintain proper infection control practices to prevent the spread of infection relative to a dressing change. Resident #3 was admitted to the Facility in 1/2002 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of physician’s orders dated 3/21/2017, indicated a treatment to the left buttocks to wash the area with normal saline, apply the prescription cream Santyl, cover with a gauze dressing and place an occlusive dressing on the top.

On 4/12/2017, at 11:02 A.M., Surveyor #1 observed the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) and Nurse #1 perform hand hygiene and don gloves. Nurse #1 positioned the Resident on her/his side and supported the Resident throughout the treatment. The ADON disinfected the overbed table and placed a protective cover on the top. She then opened the dressings and Santyl, placing an amount of Santyl on a piece of gauze. The ADON then changed gloves without performing hand hygiene and removed the old dressing. The ADON then changed gloves again without performing hand hygiene and washed the area with normal saline. The ADON then changed gloves again without performing hand hygiene, patted the area dry with a clean piece of gauze and applied the Santyl with a cotton tipped applicator. Both the ADON and Nurse #1 then changed gloves without performing hand hygiene. The ADON handed Nurse #1 a folded piece of gauze who then placed the folded gauze into the wound and held it there while the ADON applied the occlusive dressing on the top. The ADON then changed gloves again without performing hand hygiene and dated the dressing. Review of the Facility policy titled Use of Gloves indicated in section B, #2, hands must be washed after glove removal.

2. For Sampled Resident #9 the Facility staff failed to maintain proper infection control practices to prevent the spread of infection relative to medical equipment used to deliver oxygen and aerosol medications. Resident #9 was admitted to the Facility in 10/2012 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. Review of the physician orders dated 4/1/2017 through 4/30/2017, indicated to change oxygen tubing weekly on Tuesdays, on the 7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. shift. Review of the physician orders dated 4/1/2017 through 4/30/2017 indicated an order to change nebulizer tubing weekly on Tuesdays, on the 7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. shift. On 4/10/2017, at 7:10:00 A.M. and on 4/11/2017, at 7:25 A.M., Surveyor #1 observed Resident #9 in her/his room with oxygen delivered through a nasal cannula without a date on the tubing and coiled up and placed into the handle of the oxygen concentrator, not in a protective cover. Surveyor #1 also observed the nebulizer equipment without a protective cover and lying on the top of Resident #9’s dresser.

3. For NS #1 , during meal pass on 4/10/2017, at 12:00 P.M., Surveyor #1 observed CNA #1 remove meal trays from a cart located in the hallway several times and enter the dining room and place each tray in front of a resident while wearing the same pair of gloves. CNA #1 then placed NS #1’s tray in front of him/her, lifted the fajita wrap with contaminated gloves, place salsa and sour cream inside the fajita, replace the wrap, and touch the top of the wrap to hold it in place while cutting the wrap in half.

4. For NS #2, during meal pass on 4/10/2017, at 12:00 P.M., Surveyor #1 observed CNA #2 with gloves on, remove meal trays from a cart located in the hallway several times and enter the dining room and place each tray in front of a resident while wearing the same pair of gloves. CNA #2 then sat down at a table in the dining room and began feeding a resident. CNA #2 then turned to NS #2 and, with the same contaminated gloves on, took the fajita in her hands and wrapped it tighter so the Resident could pick it up.

5. On 4/11/2017, at 12:01 P.M., Surveyor #1 observed CNA #2 to remove meal trays from a cart in the hallway with gloves on, enter the dining room, place a meal tray in front of NS #2 and with contaminated gloves on, remove a bread roll from a paper bag on the meal tray and hand it to the Resident.

6. On 4/10/2017, at 7:15 A.M., Surveyor #1 observed CNA #3 to exit room [ROOM NUMBER] with gloves on both hands, walk down the hall and enter the dirty utility room. At 3:30 P.M. Surveyor #1 observed CNA #3 to exit the dirty utility room with gloves on and pushing a dirty laundry cart. CNA #3 entered room [ROOM NUMBER] and exited carrying several soiled bed protectors and place them in the soiled laundry cart. CNA #3 then pushed the dirty laundry cart down the hall to the utility room. She opened the door with contaminated gloves, contaminating the door knob and entered the room. 15 seconds later she exited the dirty utility room and touched the door knob with bare hands to close the door, contaminating her hands.

Lakeview House 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.

Boston Personal Injury Lawyers for Elder Abuse Cases

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 – Lakeview House Nursing Home

Inspection Report for Lakeview House Nursing Home – 04/12/2017

Page Last Updated: May 9, 2018

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