As New Jersey and Philadelphia area nursing home abuse lawyers, we continue posting about some of the long term care facilities that have troublesome levels of inspection summary deficiencies. All long term care facilities and nursing homes are inspected by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. These reports are published so the public can have access to this very important information. Today we would like to highlight the record of a Mercer County facility with 215 long term care beds; Water’s Edge Healthcare & Rehabilitation.
Water’s Edge Acquires a Plethora of Citations
This Mercer County facility had 2 routine inspections and 8 complaint inspections from November 2008 through October 2010. During the routine inspections of Water’s Edge Healthcare & Rehabilitation, 20 deficiencies were cited. These included deficiencies related to the treatment and prevention of bed sores and pressure ulcers, medication errors of 5% or more, and one deficiency in the food procurement, storage, prep, and sanitary conditions. This last deficiency was found to be widespread as it was given a rating of F. An F rating means that although no actual harm was found, the widespread violation has the potential for more than minimal harm.
During this period, there were also 4 complaint inspections. The two most recent deficiencies that were cited occurred in August and October of 2010. One of these complaint inspections was for the prevention and treatment of bed sores. As indicated in some of our earlier posts, bed sore and pressure ulcers are considered clear signs of negligence and nursing home abuse. It is important to “keep tabs” on the long term facility or nursing home you plan on using both before you enter and during the patient’s stay. As nursing home abuse attorneys, we find a nursing home with this many citations one that must be watched carefully for any signs of patient neglect or abuse. You must always be vigilant to protect your loved ones when they are in any long term facilities care.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is a resident at a nursing home or rehab facility, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Any doubts that you may have regrding the quality or safety of care they the home is providing should be immediately addressed. Don’t wait until irreversible damage is done.