Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

MI Elder Abuse Free Legal ConsultationDid someone you love suffer elder abuse or neglect at Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health 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 Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a for profit, 186-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility that provides services to the residents of Plymouth, Carver, Kingston, Wareham, Bourne,  Duxbury, Sandwich, Marshfield, Pembroke, Lakeville, Hanson, Hanover, Mashpee, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and the other towns in and surrounding Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center focuses on 24 hour care, respite care, hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
123 South Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Phone: (508) 746-4343
Website: http://www.athenanh.com/MA_Plymouth.aspx

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, Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Plymouth, Massachusetts received a rating of 2 out of 5 stars.

Performance Area Rating
Overall Rating 2 out of 5 (Below Average)
State Health Inspections 3 out of 5 (Average)
Staffing 3 out of 5 (Average)
Quality Measures 1 out of 5 (Much Below Average)

Fines and Penalties

Our Nursing Neglect Attorneys inspected government records and discovered Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center committed the following offenses:

Failed to make sure services provided by the nursing facility meet professional standards of quality.

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

Based on record review, staff interview and observation, the facility failed to ensure that for one resident (#13) of 24 sampled residents, that fluids were administered as ordered by the physician.

Findings include:

Resident #13 had [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. According to the significant change minimum data set (MDS) with a reference date of 8/4/16, this resident required total care for hygiene and dressing and had a BIMS (brief interview for mental status) score of 14 out of 15 (indicating that the resident was cognitively intact), Incontinent of bowel and bladder, this resident had a gastrostomy tube (G/T) in place due to dysphagia, but it was not longer needed for nutrition and was currently used for water flushes only.

The significant change Comprehensive Nutrition assessment dated [DATE] was reviewed. The dietician noted that the resident was receiving 150 ml (milliliters) water flushes twice daily and recommended keeping the same amount of fluid, but changing to 100 ml three times daily. On 9/20/16, a record review was conducted. On 8/1/16, the physician discontinued the order for water flushes 150 ml BID (twice daily). A new order was written to start water flushes at 100 ml every shift at 8:00 A.M., 5:00 P.M. and 1:00 A.M

The August 2016 medication administration record (MAR) was reviewed. The correct amount of 100 ml of water three times daily was signed as administered to the resident. The September 2016 MAR was reviewed. The water flush order was transcribed as 150 ml every shift, instead of the 100 ml every shift as ordered by the physician. This resident was administered 450 ml of water flush instead of the physician ordered 300 ml of water flush each day from 9/1/16 through 9/20/16 when the surveyor reviewed the September MAR and noted the error.

On 9/20/16 at 12:15 P.M., this resident was observed in the dining room on the unit. The resident was seated in a wheelchair with a lap tray. The resident was alert and responsive to the surveyor. On 9/20/16 at 9:00 A.M., Unit Manager #1 was interviewed by the surveyor.

Unit Manager #1 confirmed the error with the water flush administration on the September MAR. On 9/20/16 at 11:55 A.M., the dietician was interviewed by the surveyor. The dietician confirmed the error on the September MAR in which the resident was receiving 150 ml three times daily instead of the physician ordered 100 ml three times daily.

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 3 of the 5 unit kitchen refrigerators were clean and all food appropriately dated.

Findings include:

On 9/20/16 at 4:30 P.M. and 9/21/16 at 8:30 A.M. the unit kitchens were toured by the surveyor. The following was noted:

1. On the Alden Unit diet kitchen, the refrigerator was noted to have undated applesauce and a plate of partially eaten food (broccoli and American chopped suey). There was a thick and easy, honey consistency cranberry juice cocktail container which had a hand written date of 6/24 on the outside. It was opened and approximately 1/3 full. This was brought to the attention of nurse #1 on the unit who explained that once opened these juices are to be used within one week. Nurse #1 discarded the opened cranberry juice cocktail container.

There were 3 more thickened juices that were opened and undated. There was a plastic cup with a fliptop which was unlabeled and undated with fluid inside along with cucumbers and lemon slices.

2. On the Mayflower units diet kitchen, the refrigerator contained 2 opened and undated thick and easy juices. There was a boxed thickened milk which was opened and undated. There was a 2 pound container of Market Basket yogurt which was opened and undated. The cover was cracked.

3. On the Eaton Unit diet kitchen, there were 2 unlabeled and undated containers that appeared to contain soup in the refrigerator. There was also two containers with fluid and cucumbers that was unlabeled and undated. There were extensive food spills noted inside the refrigerator.

On 9/21/16 at approximately 9:30 A.M., dietary aide #1 was interviewed by the surveyor. Dietary aide #1 explained that the refrigerators were cleaned and stocked twice daily by the dietary department at approximately 9:30 & 4:00 P.M On 9/22/16 at 10:00 A.M., the above concerns regarding unlabeled and undated food items were reviewed with the facility administrator.

Failed to make sure medically necessary lab services/tests are ordered by the attending physician.

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

Based on record review and staff interview, the facility failed to ensure that for one resident (#3) of 24 sampled residents, laboratory tests were performed as ordered by the physician.

Findings include:

Resident #3 had [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. According to the significant change minimum data set (MDS) with a reference date of 8/4/16, this resident was dependent for hygiene and required extensive assistance for dressing and bathing with a BIMS (brief interview for mental status) score of 3 out of 15, indicating severe cognitive. The resident was incontinent of bowel and bladder and had an unstageable pressure ulcer.

On 9/20/16, during record review, it was noted that this resident was receiving [MEDICAL CONDITION] medication ([MEDICATION NAME]) until December, 2015 when that medication was discontinued.

According to the current physician orders, this resident was to have TSH ([MEDICAL CONDITION] stimulating hormone) laboratory testing done twice yearly in January and July. The last noted test was completed 10/5/15 with results within normal limits. There were no TSH test results for January or July, 2016 noted in the clinical record. On 9/21/16 at 12:10 P.M., Unit Manager #2 was interviewed by the surveyor. Unit Manager #2 confirmed that the TSH laboratory test was not completed as ordered by the physician.

Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health 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 17, 2017

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