Life Care Center

Life Care Center

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

Life Care CenterLife Care Center is a for profit, 123-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Swampscott, Lynn, Salem, Peabody, Marblehead, Saugus, Revere, Beverly,  Danvers, Melrose, Winthrop, Lynnfield, Wakefield, Chelsea, Malden, and the other towns in and surrounding Essex County, Massachusetts.

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

Life Care Center
111 Birch St,
Lynn, MA 01902

Phone: (781) 592-9667
Website: http://lifecarecenterofthenorthshore.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, Life Care Center in Lynn, Massachusetts received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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

Fines Against Life Care Center

The Federal Government fined Life Care Center $5,515 on October 13th, 2016 for health and safety violations.

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers inspected government records and discovered Life Care Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to develop a complete care plan that meets all of a resident's needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured.

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

Based on record review, and staff interview, the facility failed to develop a comprehensive care plan for 1 Resident (#18) in a total sample of 24 residents and 5 non-sampled residents.

Findings include:

On 10/13/16, review of the Resident’s medical record indicated that the facility failed to ensure that there was a comprehensive plan of care addressing the Resident’s pacemaker including documentation of rate setting parameters, (upper and lower), and interventions for monitoring the function of the device. Resident #18 was admitted to the facility in September 2016 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. The facility did not have a Pacemaker Policy or Procedure.

Craven & Hirnle’s Nursing Procedures (2012) identifies documentation for a pacemaker to include:

  • The type of pacemaker used.
  • The serial number.
  • The manufacturer’s name.
  • The pacemaker rate settings (upper and lower parameters.)
  • The date of implementation. and The Cardiologist’s name.

On 10/13/16, review of Resident #18’s medical record indicated no evidence of any documentation related to the pacemaker parameters, monitoring needs or orders for pacemaker checks.

On 10/13/16 at 11:45 A.M., during interview with the Unit Manager #2, she confirmed that Resident #18’s care plan did not address the type of pacemaker implanted, the serial number, the manufacturer’s name, the date of implementation, the Cardiologist’s name and interventions for identifying rate setting and monitoring of the function of the device.

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 staff interview, the facility failed to ensure adequate infection control practices were implemented for three non-sampled (NS) Residents, (NS #1, NS #2 and NS #3), out of a total sample of 24 and 5 non-sampled residents. The Surveyor made this observation during blood glucose testing using a glucometer (a medical device used to measure capillary blood sugar levels from direct contact with blood).

Findings include:

On 10/07/30/16 at 11:35 A.M., Surveyor #2 observed Nurse #1 performing a finger stick blood sugar (FSBS) using a glucometer on Non-sampled (NS) Resident #1. Nurse #1 brought the glucometer kit, which contained lancets, alcohol wipes, glucose strips, to the resident’s room. Nurse #1 removed the glucometer from its sleeve and proceeded to obtain the resident’s blood sugar. Nurse #1 did not clean the glucometer prior to using it.

The facility policy on Bedside Blood Glucose Testing with the [MEDICATION NAME] Blood glucose Monitor included: Before and after using the glucometer, wipe all visible surfaces of the glucometer to clean and/or disinfect it. Acceptable cleaning solutions include 10% bleach, 70% alcohol, and 10% ammonia. Remove any gross blood as soon as possible. Cleaning may be done in the resident’s room or at the medication cart. Wipe down the glucometer again prior to putting it away after final use.

On 10/07/16 during an interview at 11:50 with Nurse #1, she confirmed that she did not clean the glucometer prior to using it.

On 10/11/16 at 11:25 A.M., the Surveyor observed Nurse #2 performing a finger stick blood sugar (FSBS) using a glucometer on NS #2. Nurse #2 brought the glucometer kit, which contained lancets, alcohol wipes, glucose strips to the resident’s room. Nurse #2 removed the glucometer from its sleeve to clean it and obtained the resident’s blood sugar. Nurse #2 did not clean the glucometer prior to return it to its sleeve.

On 10/11/16 at 11:40 A.M., the Surveyor observed Nurse #2 performing a FSBS using the same glucometer on NS #3, Nurse #2 did not clean the glucometer and proceeded to obtain a blood sugar on NS #3. Nurse #2 did not clean the glucometer after obtaining the blood sugar and returned it to its sleeve. Later, at 12:02 P.M., the Surveyor observed Nurse #2 using the same glucometer and obtained a blood sugar on NS #1. Nurse #2 did not clean the glucometer before and after using it.

On 10/11/16 at 12:05 P.M. during an interview, Nurse #2 said to the Surveyor that she did receive training on the use of the blood glucose testing monitor. Nurse #2 confirmed that she should have cleaned the glucometer in and between residents and forgot.

Life Care 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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