On May 2, 2013, we reported in our blog that Texas Terrace Care Center — a 118-bed nursing home in St. Louis Park, Minnesota — had received a rating of “below average” in its Overall, Health Inspection and Staffing ratings, according to Medicare’s annual 2012 report.
Based on Medicare’s updated 2014 report, things have taken a turn for the worse. Texas Terrace is now rated as “much below average” in its Overall Rating and Health Inspection, and the facility had 22 health deficiencies at the most recent count, well above the state average of 6.6.
Texas Terrace Care Center’s repeated deficiencies include its:
- Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, or to report and investigate any acts of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of residents;
- Failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property.
Texas Terrace Care Center also received an additional deficiencies for its:
- Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care.
- Failure to proved necessary care and services to maintain the highest well-being of each resident.
- Failure to assist those residents who need total help with eating/drinking, grooming and personal and oral hygiene.
- Failure to make sure that residents with reduced range of motion get proper treatment and services to increase range of motion.
- Failure to ensure that each resident gets a nutritional and balanced diet.
- Failure to have enough nurses to care for every resident in a way that maximizes the resident’s well being.
- Failure to provide or obtain dental services for each resident.
- Failure to conduct initial and periodic assessments of each resident’s functional capacity.
- Failure to allow the resident the right to participate in the planning or revision of the resident’s care plan.
The list goes on, and includes nearly a dozen other deficiencies. You can read the full report here.
The center has also been subject to serious allegations, including the following:
- “It is alleged that a resident was neglected when staff failed to provide repositioning in accordance with the care plan and subsequently the resident developed pressure ulcers. Staff does not bring the residents meals and as a result, the resident goes without eating and staff doesn’t answer call lights for hours.” [Case no. H5187065]
- “It is alleged that a resident was neglected when the facility failed to facilitate homecare services and the resident was discharged home without services or medications and the resident required hospitalization until homecare services were set up.” [Case no. H5187067]
- “It is alleged that a resident (R1) was neglected when staff failed to provide adequate supervision to the resident who was involved in an altercation with another resident (R2), resulting in R1 being hospitalized in the intensive care unit.” [Case no. H5187063]
- “It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident had a fall with injuries when his/her call light was not answered in a timely manner, his/her wheelchair was not at the bedside and the resident heard the building fire alarm sounding. Also, the resident was not provided with a timely medical evaluation after the fall.” [Case no. H5187061]
- “It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident developed hyperthermia when out doors for an extended period of time and not adequately monitored. In addition, when the resident presented to the emergency department it was noted that there were maggots president in a foot wound.” [Case no. H5187060]
- “It is alleged that abuse occurred when an admission body audit/skin assessment was conducted on a resident.” [Case no. H5187056]
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