Westborough Nursing Home Fined $37k After Patient Falls 20 Times, Dies

Westborough Nursing Home Fined $37k After Patient Falls 20 Times, Dies 1
Westborough Nursing Home Fined $37k After Patient Falls 20 Times, Dies 2

BOSTON – A Westborough nursing home was one of seven different nursing homes on Wednesday to resolve allegations of systemic failures at their facilities.

According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough, owned by Salmon Health and Retirement, will pay $37,500 to resolve allegations that the facility failed to implement necessary interventions after a patient fell 19 times at the facility.

Further, the AG’s Office further alleged that, after the resident’s twentieth fall, the facility failed to contact the patient’s nurse practitioner or provide pain medication in response to repeated requests, and the patient ultimately died.

In addition to the fines, Beaumont will also implement a three-year compliance program, which will include updated policies and procedures, annual training programs, and yearly audits, the results of which will be reported to the AG’s Office.

“Every nursing home resident deserves to live in a safe environment, with dignity and access to high-quality care,” said AG Healey. “These settlements hold facilities accountable and will help restore the trust families need when making critical decisions about the care of their loved ones.”

Beaumont — along with nursing homes in Haverhill, Longmeadow, Brockton, Everett and Wakefield — was investigated by the AG’s office after complaints against the nursing home were referred by the Massachusetts Dept. of Health. The AG’s Office found that all of these facilities had systemic issues that directly led to the death, injury or potential injury to nursing home residents.

“The Department of Public Health monitors the health and safety of residents in long-term care facilities throughout Massachusetts,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “We will continue to investigate complaints of substandard care or violations to ensure that individuals residing in nursing homes are receiving high quality care.” 

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