This 58-bed nursing home received “much below average” ratingsfor both its Overall and Health Inspection ratings, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. Additionally, the facility received a Staffing rating of “below average.” Compared to the average number of health deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes (6.6), Boundary Waters Care Center was cited with 22 health deficiencies. These include the facility’s:
- Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing neglecting or mistreating residents, or report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents;
- Failure to develop and implement policies for screening and training employees, and the prevention, identification, investigation, and reporting of any abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation of property;
- Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care;
- Failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain or improve the highest well being of each resident;
- Failure to assist those residents who need help with eating/drinking, grooming and personal and oral hygiene;
- Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores;
- Failure to ensure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, unless medically necessary, and that incontinent patients receive proper services to prevent urinary tract infections and restore normal bladder functions; and
- Failure to ensure each resident receives an accurate assessment by a qualified health professional.
Medicare has also identified 6 complaints and incidents associated Boundary Waters Care Center, including the facility’s:
- Failure to provide care and services to maintain the highest wellbeing of each resident;
- Failure to ensure that residents with a limited range of motion receive appropriate treatment and services to increase range of motion or prevent further decrease in range of motion; and
- Failure to have enough nurses to care for every resident in a way that maximizes the resident’s wellbeing.
Finally, the Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated two reports of nursing home neglect and abuse:
- In August 2012, MDH substantiated a report of nursing home neglect and abuse wherein numerous residents reported bruising due to rough treatment, verbal abuse, and neglect of care. [Report no. H5138010]
- In February 2013, MDH substantiated a report of neglect where in a resident fell after being left in a room with the door closed and without access to a call light. The resident sustained severe fractures in her leg, and she had to have a metal rod surgically implanted. [Report no. H5138011]
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