Samaritan Bethany Home On Eighth
This 182-bed nursing home has received an Overall rating of “below average,” according to Medicare’s annual 2012 report. Additionally, the facility received a Health Inspection rating of “much below average.” Compared to the average number of deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes (6.8), Medicare has identified 17 health deficiencies for this facility. These deficiencies include Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth’s:
- Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, and its failure to report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of its residents;
- Failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property;
- Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care;
- Provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident;
- Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bedsores;
- Failure to ensure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, and that residents receive proper services to prevent urinary tract infections and restore normal bladder function;
- Failure to give each resident enough fluids to keep them healthy and prevent dehydration;
- Failure to develop a complete care plan that meets all of a resident’s needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured;
- Failure make sure that each resident’s drug regimen is free from unnecessary drugs, and that each resident’s medication is managed and monitored; and
- Failure to have a licensed pharmacist review each resident’s medications on a monthly basis and to report irregularities to the attending doctor.
In addition, Medicare has identified ten complaints and incidents associated with Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth. These include the facility’s:
- Failure to tell the resident completely about his or her health status, care, and treatments;
- Failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of property;
- Failure to only hire people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating residents and to report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of residents;
- Failure to ensure that medication errors resulting from administering the wrong drug, the wrong dose, or administering the medication at the wrong time at rate less than 5%; and
- Failure to ensure that residents are safe from serious medication errors.
In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health investigated and substantiated an allegation of neglect involving a resident’s fall. The investigation revealed that Samaritan Bethany’s employee failed to follow the resident’s care plan. As a result, the resident fell and sustained a vertebral fracture and head injury. The resident was admitted to the hospital, and upon return to the facility, was bedbound until her death. The investigation ruled that her death was a result of the fall. [Report no. H5530017]
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