A Pennsylvania Department of Health report issued last week indicated that Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was not in compliance with two requirements regarding long-term care. The report was triggered by the accidental death on Sept. 17 of an elderly resident.
A plan of correction, which includes screening tools, fall risk assessments, weekly audits and required in-service sessions, has been approved by the Department of Health. The plan, effective Nov. 1, will be completed by Nov. 27, according to the report.
In response to the health department’s report, Phil Ricci, a Charles Morris administrator, released the following statement:
“The Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has remained in constant contact with the … family since [the resident’s] passing, which was ruled an accident by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner in September. We have cooperated fully with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s mandatory review of our facility following this tragic accident.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we removed all bed rails throughout the facility as part of a required plan of correction that the department approved. The well-being of both our residents and their families has always been — and always will be — our top priority.
“We remain focused on constant improvements to deliver on this promise, which is why we are introducing new approaches aimed at helping our residents to remain mobile and safe at the same time.” PJC
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