This 99-bed nursing home received a “below average” for its Overall rating, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual inspection. Additionally, the facility was given a “much below average” for its Health Inspection rating. Compared to the average number of health deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes (6.7), Good Samaritan Society-Stillwater received 13. 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 give proper treatment to residents with feeding tubes to prevent problems (such as aspiration pneumonia, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, metabolic abnormalities, nasal-pharyngeal ulcers) and help restore eating skills, if possible;
- Failure to provide care for residents in a way that maintains or improves their dignity and respect in full recognition of their individuality;
- Failure to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way;
- Failure to maintain drug records and properly mark/label drugs and other similar products according to accepted professional standards; and
- Operate and provide services according to Federal, State, and local laws and professional standards.
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