This 105-bed nursing home received a “below average” for its Health Inspection rating, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. These include Pioneer Care Center’s:
- Failure to have enough nurses to care for every resident in a way that maximizes the resident’s well being;
- Failure to conduct initial and periodic assessments of each resident’s functional capacity;
- Failure to ensure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provide adequate supervision to prevent avoidable accidents; and
- Failure to review the work of each nurse aide every year, and give regular in-service training based upon these reviews.
In May 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health substantiated one report of neglect that resulted in the injury of a resident of the facility. The resident suffered from Alzheimer’s dementia and required the assistance of two staff members and a mechanical sling for all transfers. During one such lift, two staff members failed to use the mechanical sling properly, causing the resident to fall out of the lift. The resident required hospitalization for a fracture rib and pulmonary trauma. The investigation revealed that Pioneer Care Center failed to properly train its nursing staff to use the mechanical lift safely. [Report no. H5463015]
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