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ANDERSON MILL HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER – AUSTELL, GA

ANDERSON MILL HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER

LOCATED: 2130 ANDERSON MILL RD, AUSTELL, GA 30106

ANDERSON MILL HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER was cited by the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES for the following deficiencies:

PLEASE NOTE: The following highlighted quoted text is only a portion of the full report/survey submitted by DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES. The full report/survey can be found here.

FACILITY FAILED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE NURSING HOME AREA IS FREE FROM ACCIDENT HAZARDS AND RISKS AND PROVIDES SUPERVISION TO PREVENT AVOIDABLE ACCIDENTS.

LEVEL OF HARM –IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**

Based upon observation, record review, staff and family interviews the facility failed to provide an environment that was free of accident hazards, including one resident (R#1), with wandering and elopement behaviors and was wearing a Wanderguard, who was found in the parking lot, by staff, the evening of 9/28/2016 then who eloped from the facility’s main door, on Saturday, 10/1/2016, and fell on the main road (Anderson Mill Road) sustaining a hematoma to the back of her head.

This had the likelihood to affect eleven residents (R#1, R#2, R#3, R#4, R#5, R#6, R#7, R#8, R#9, R#10, and R#11) with wandering behaviors who wore Wanderguard bracelets.

A telephone interview with the family of R#1 on 2/20/2017 at 5:02 p.m., revealed that the resident had eloped from the facility on 10/1/2016, fell on the main road (Anderson Mill Road), sustained a hematoma to the back of the resident’s head and was transferred to the hospital for evaluation on the same day. The family member further revealed that the resident was wearing a Wanderguard bracelet and used a walker for ambulation at the time of the accident.

An interview with the former Administrator on 2/20/2017 at 6:14 p.m. revealed that she was not aware of a resident with a Wanderguard leaving the facility on 10/1/2016 nor was she aware of R#1 being found in the parking lot on 9/28/2016. She looked at the resident’s record, and stated that R#1 did leave from the facility on 10/1/2016 and fell in the street outside of the facility and had to be sent to the hospital. The Administrator further revealed that she is to be called, by staff, for any unusual incident within the facility and doesn’t remember getting a phone call about R#1 eloping from the facility. She stated that in the morning meeting at 9 a.m. daily, the Director of Nursing (DON) will read from the 24 Hour Report and the team members will discuss the situation. She revealed that she attends the Morning Meeting but was not certain if she was in the meeting on 10/1/2016 and that she was not aware of the resident’s elopement. Review of the facility 24 hour reports for the month of September 2016 revealed there was no notation of the elopement of R#1 on 9/28/2016.

Personal Note from NHA – Advocates: NHAA shares with all the families of loved ones who are confined to nursing homes the pain and anguish of putting them in the care of someone else. We expect our loved ones to be treated with dignity and honor in the homes we place them. We cannot emphasize enough to family members of nursing home residents; frequent visits are essential to our loved ones’ well-being and safety. This nursing home and many others across the country are cited for abuse and neglect.

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