9001 CHERRY LANE
LAUREL, MD 20708
Cherry Lane Nursing Home is a 155-bed skilled nursing facility in Laurel, Maryland. It currently has 146 residents. A for-profit corporation, this facility operates under the legal business name of Cherry Lane Medical Investors LLC. In 2009, FG Healthcare Properties, LLC, bought the company. This company also owns a nursing home in New Hampshire (a poorly rated nursing home).
"We have a philosophy that 'there is nothing that we can't do.' This is how we set ourselves apart from other health care providers. Every day we strive to behave in a fashion that is consistent with these principles." So says the Cherry Lane website. But the record suggests that they could strive a bit harder.
In its most recent Medicare survey, Cherry Lane was rated above average, overall, with 4 of 5 stars. The operators of this facility may very well consider themselves lucky to have received that overall score. Cherry Lane also received a below-average 2 stars on quality measures, and it has had two complaint inspections since 2015, which turned up seven different issues. This facility has had no federal fines in the past three years, but in October of 2015 it had a payment denial.Competitors
The closest competitor to Cherry Lane is Patuxent River Health and Rehabilitation Center on Laurel Park Drive, which is probably ranked a little below Cherry Lane. This nursing home is about 2.5 miles away, a five minute drive west. Patuxent River is rated slightly below Cherry Lane in the Medicare ratings. Many people in Laurel also go to Burtonsville or go to Silver Spring where there are many options:
- Oakview Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Althea Woodland
- Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center
- Woodside Center
- Fox Chase Rehab & Nursing Center
- NMS Healthcare of Springbrook
With 146 residents at the last official count, Cherry Lane is higher than both the state of Maryland (107.5 average) and the U.S. (86.2 average) in terms of population.
The most recent standard health inspection, in May, 2015, turned up a total of 9 deficiencies, placing Cherry Lane right in between the national average (7.1) and the Maryland state average (11).
Then in October, 2015, a complaint inspection turned up five issues. Three of these issues were mostly administrative in nature. Another case concerned the facility's failure to thoroughly investigate when a resident was found having "unidentified pills." Then there was the case of a cantankerous resident who refused treatment for obvious injuries and wouldn't let housekeepers clean what had become some extremely unsanitary living quarters. Cherry Hall was cited for failing to come up with a clear plan for managing this case, and for putting other residents at risk of catching an infection from this person. In all fairness, one can hardly blame a facility for having a nearly impossible resident; and in all five cases, Medicare concluded that there was "minimal harm or potential for actual harm" - even to the resident who wanted to live in a filthy room.
Cherry Lane had another complaint inspection in May, 2016 - this time over issues apparently of more consequence. In one case, Cherry Lane staffers were found to have insufficiently supervised a functionally impaired resident who, while nobody was looking, tried to move and then fell. The other issue in this inspection, affecting five surveyed residents, was about staffers' failure to respond to residents' call lights (used for summoning help). One resident waited 30 minutes for a call light response, then wheeled into the hall "to get staff's attention." Residents said they might have wait up to an hour for a response, and at times they would get no response at all. A resident falls out of a chair; residents' cries for help go unheeded: nonetheless Medicare again found, in both cases, that there was "minimal harm or potential for actual harm."Quality Issues
Cherry Lane scored 3 of 5 stars, overall, for staffing: an average rating. For total nursing time per resident per day, Cherry Lane was right on par with the state and national averages. It was considerably below the state and national averages for registered nurse time: 39 minutes per resident per day, versus 59 minutes statewide, 51 minutes nationally. Nonetheless, Cherry Lane got an average 3-star rating for the RN category. Cherry Lane also was below average in the amount of time spent by certified nursing assistants. But it was above average in the categories of LPNs and LVNs (licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses), and well above average in terms of time spent by physical therapists.
On quality measures, however, Cherry Lane got 2 stars overall. The apparent reason for this low rating starts showing up right away with the stats on short-stay residents (who, by and large, are apt to be a healthier group than long-term residents).
Cherry Lane's short-stay residents did better than average in improving their functionality (75.3 percent, versus 64.8 percent statewide, 63.3 percent for the U.S.) And this facility beat the state and national averages for administering flu and pneumonia vaccines to these residents.
But in five of nine measured categories, Cherry Lane performed worse than average for short-stay residents - who were more likely than average to be rehospitalized, and about twice as likely to have to go to an emergency room; more apt to have pressure ulcers, more likely to receive antipsychotic meds, and more likely to report experiencing moderate to severe pain.Unsettling Stat
While a very high 24.9 percent of Cherry Lane's short-stayers reported pain (that's about one out of four residents), only 2.8 percent of its long-stay residents did so. That's about two or three times better than the state and national averages of 6.4 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively. Cherry Lane did even better on the rate of resident falls with injury: zero percent (versus 2.9 percent for Maryland, 3.3 percent for the U.S.) Cherry Lane long-termers were less likely to be on antianxiety or antipsychotic meds, and they were far less likely to experience serious weight loss (1.6 percent at Cherry Lane, versus 6.3 percent statewide, 7.1 percent nationally).
However, Cherry Lane long-term residents were more likely than average to have pressure ulcers, depressive symptoms, and need for more help with their daily activities. The incontinence rate at Cherry Lane was a big jump above average (70.8 percent, versus 58 percent statewide, 46.6 percent nationally). The most unsettling stat was in the use of physical restraints: Cherry Lane was significantly more inclined to resort to these measures (1.3 percent of the time) than either the average state facility (0.6 percent) or nursing homes generally across the U.S. (0.8 percent).
In a 2013 Maryland state survey, respondents were asked whether they would recommend their loved one's nursing home to others. Statewide, 90 percent of respondents said they would recommend that nursing home; while 92 percent of the families of Cherry Lane residents would recommend that facility. That's a positive score; but then, this was in 2013, and it was the family members, not the residents, who were doing the recommending.
Despite its most recent overall rating of 4 stars, Cherry Lane's recent record is mixed. Its complaint inspections in 2015 and 2016 suggest, at least, a lack of full attention to detail. On the same web page that it talks about how "Every day we strive," Cherry Lane goes on to say, "We stirve to make sure our staff is well cared for, so they can take great care of you." They stirve?
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- A few poor consumer reviews but, in fairness, there are not enough reviews to really give a fair impression. The main page of their website references so surveys where the patients had a positive experience.
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