This 125-bed nursing home received a “below average” for both its Overall and Health Inspection ratings, according to Medicare’s annual 2012 report. Cerenity Care Center on Humboldt was cited with several health deficiencies, including the facility’s:
- Failure to let residents voice a complaint or grievance without being treated differently or badly;
- Failure to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way;
- Failure to provide routine and emergency drugs through a licensed pharmacist and only under the general supervision of a licensed nurse;
- Failure to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading; and
- Failure to have enough outside ventilation via a window or mechanical ventilation, or both.
Additionally, Medicare has identified several complaints and incidents associated with Cerenity Care Center on Humboldt, including 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 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 ensure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provide adequate supervision to prevent avoidable accidents;
- Failure to ensure that residents are safe from serious medication errors;
- Failure to provide routine and emergency drugs through a licensed pharmacist and only under the general supervision of a licensed nurse; and
- Failure to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading.
The Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated a report of neglect on the part of the facility. In September 2010, the MDH investigation found that Cerenity Care Center on Humboldt did not provide adequate care, after one of its residents fell. After the fall, the resident continued to report pain with movement. Approximately one month later, the resident was found to have a fractured femur and was hospitalized.
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