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SWEETWATER, TX – RESIDENTS SUFFER FROM BROKEN BONES DUE TO FALLS; NURSING HOME LACKS ADEQUATE SUPERVISION AND FAILED TO PROVIDE NEEDED ASSISTANCE DEVICES

NOLAN NURSING AND REHABILITATION

LOCATED: 705 NORTH EAST GEORGIA AVENUE,SWEETWATER, TX 79556

NOLAN NURSING AND REHABILITATION 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 – ACTUAL HARM

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**
Based on observation, interview, and record review, the facility failed to ensure that three residents (Residents #1, 2,and 3) of four reviewed for high fall risk received adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents as evidenced by: a) failure to ensure fall prevention measures of a sensor alarm and low bed were in place as ordered by the physician from 10/7/14 through 10/11/14 and failure of CNA (certified nurse’s aide) B to provide supervision to Resident #2 when she left her hall and was sitting in the sitting room when Resident #2 fell on [DATE] at approximately 5:55 a.m. and sustained a fractured hip requiring surgical repair. CNA B reported Resident #2 had been trying to get out of bed unassisted throughout the night; b) failure to ensure that staff were implementing fall prevention measures for Resident #2including the sensor pad alarm, a matt by her bed, and constant supervision in the restroom. Resident #2 had six falls that inncluded two trips to the emergency room, injury to her coccyx and two falls from the toilet when staff were reportedly in the room to supervise her, occurring between 9/2/14 and 10/8/14; c) failure to ensure fall prevention measures were implemented for Resident #3. Observation on 10/23/14 revealed her sensor alarm was off while she was sitting in her wheelchair and needed items were out of her reach. These failures resulted in Resident #1’s fall and broken hip that resulted in lasting pain and the need for surgical repair. These failures could result in increased falls for the 23residents at high risk for falls and result in pain, decreased functional abilities, serious injury or death.

Personal Note from NHAA 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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2 Responses to “SWEETWATER, TX – RESIDENTS SUFFER FROM BROKEN BONES DUE TO FALLS; NURSING HOME LACKS ADEQUATE SUPERVISION AND FAILED TO PROVIDE NEEDED ASSISTANCE DEVICES”

  1. Jennifer says:

    This is outrageous and one more reason why I would rather die than live my final days in a rest home. First, every precaution should have been taken to prevent this. Second, nursing home abuse and neglect has been seen many times.. And I will never forget those I loved who lived their final days stuck in an uncaring, dirty environment just freaking waiting to die. I think more should be done not only in caring for these precious people but more safety measures and certainly more activities for these people… They shouldn’t be just sitting there day in and day out being taken for granted and waiting for kingly to show. Thank you and DO BETTER

    • Mary McKinney says:

      I agree. I have told my sons to let me die before putting me in a nursing home. My husband is stuck in one now.

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