This 54-bed nursing home has received “below average” ratings or both its Overall and Quality Measure ratings, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. Additionally, the facility was given a “much below average” for its Health Inspection rating. This facility was cited with multiple health deficiencies, including the facility’s:
- Failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain or improve the highest well being of each resident;
- Failure to allow residents the right to participate in the planning or revision of care and treatment;
- Failure to ensure that each resident’s entire drug/medication regimen is free from unnecessary drugs, and is managed and monitored to achieve highest level of well-being; and
- Failure to at least once a month, have a licensed pharmacist review each resident’s medications and report any irregularities to the attending doctor.
Additionally, Medicare has identified several complaints and incidents associated with the Golden Livingcenter – Lynwood, including the facility’s:
- Failure to immediately tell the resident, the resident’s doctor, and a family member of situations (injury/decline/room, etc.) that affect the resident;
- Failure to provide housekeeping and maintenance services;
- Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores; and
- Failure to properly care for residents needing special services, including: injections, colostomy, ureostomy, ileostomy, tracheostomy care, tracheal suctioning, respiratory care, foot care, and prostheses
The Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated two reports of neglect on the part of Golden Livingcenter – Lynwood:
- In June 2011, MDH substantiated a report of neglect wherein a resident was not provided with adequate nursing care and monitoring when she was sent to a scheduled clinic appointment with a temperature of 102 degrees, an empty oxygen tank, with her stage 2 pressure ulcer covered in feces. She was sent to the hospital and diagnosed with sepsis. [Report # H5201042]
- In September 2011, an allegation of neglect was substantiated wherein a resident was not was not provided with adequate supervision and monitoring when he got a box-cutter from a janitor’s closet, cut his alarm-bracelet off, and eloped from the facility. [Report # H5201043]
The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s failures, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.