Golden Living Center - Frederick

30 North Place
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 695-6618

Golden Living Center in Frederick has 120 beds. It is one of four Maryland nursing homes owned and operated by Golden LivingCenter (Westminster, Cumberland and Hagerstown). This is chain of a for-profit corporate franchise with 300 sites in 22 state. In case you needed a reminder that nursing homes are big business, this company brings in over $3 billion a year in revenue.

Looking at the inspection reports for this center, does not give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. The Golden Living Center in Frederick, Maryland has received a 'much below average' overall rating due to multiple shortcomings in the areas of health inspection, staffing and quality measures.

Health & Fire Safety Outcomes

The last health inspection for this facility was on September 2015. The Golden Living Center was cited for 9deficiencies. These included issues of dignity and autonomy of several patients.

Dignity is a strong word. What does that mean in this context? It can mean a lot of things. Here, 4 of 36 residents that were sampled had poster boards in their rooms with their pictures and detailed such medical instructions on how to insert medical devices for their patients. Private information you would not want to be advertised on the wall of your home.

There were also issues with failure to follow care plans and improperly administering medication on a number of occasions. Additionally, the Golden Living Center was reprimanded for multiple hazards and risks within the facility that could result in preventable accidents. Finally, the facility was tasked with creating a quality assessment and review committee to develop corrective plans of action. They failed to do so and were cited again.

Our lawyers have seen over and over again that the nursing homes that make these kind of systemic mistakes are the same nursing homes that frequently face serious injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

Staffing

There are a number of subcategories under the heading of staffing. One is an accounting of the total number of residents at the Golden Living Center. It proved to be significantly higher than the national average, but on par with the number of seniors in the average Maryland center. However, a more grave violation was discovered in the time the staff of RNs, LPNs and CNs spend with each patient. Figures show this to be less than half the national and Maryland averages, and physical therapists spend an abysmal 4 minutes a day with each individual. This is a figure below state and federal averages. Overall, the Golden Living Center received a 'below average rating' in the area of staffing.

Quality Measures

The Quality Measures report is quite extensive. There are nine short-term resident issues that are assessed and compared, and fifteen for long-term residents. This provides a detailed account of what patients can and should expect if they avail themselves of the services at the Golden Living Center in Frederick. The facility received an overall 'much below average' rating for quality measures as a whole.

The sections of short term review include the percent of residents whose function improved, percent that were rehospitalized, percent requiring outpatient services, percent discharged back to the community, percent self-reporting of pain, percent with pressure ulcers, percent receiving influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, and percent receiving antipsychotic medications.

A review of the data finds that short-stay residents showing improvement occurred less often than the state and federal average, but incidences of this same group experiencing re-hospitalization beat state and national averages - to their credit. Unfortunately, patients at the Golden Living Center self-reported moderate to severe pain greater than the Maryland or national average. There was a significantly lower percentage receiving the influenza inoculation than anywhere else. Surprisingly, the percent of patients experiencing successful reentry to the community from Golden Living Center was higher than comparative figures. Finally, while recipients of antipsychotic medicine were higher than average, the figure was quite low overall.

With regard to the long term residents, there are 15 metrics considered. These included falls resulting in major injury, incidence of urinary tract infections, pain level self-reporting, percent with pressure ulcers, incidences of bladder or bowel control loss, catheterization figures, incidences of physical restraint, increase in need for support for physical movements, incidences of depression, figures for receipt of antipsychotic medications, and percent of patients vaccinated.

Unfortunately, several negative metrics for Golden Living Center came out much higher than state and federal figures. That includes the number of patient falls, the incidences of loss of bladder and bowel control, and the use of anti-hypnotic medications. Conversely, the percent of patients receiving appropriate seasonal vaccination was notably less.

medicationerror Golden LivingCenter in Frederick appears to have earned their abysmal 'much below average' rating overall for their quality measures.You can, understandably, think there is a bias in our analysis of this nursing home. But read the reports yourself, particularly the last health inspection, to get a better idea of what we are talking about with this nursing home.

  • Frederick's page on the Golden LivingCenter site.
  • Some reviews of the nursing home. The numbers are limited but they are largely positive.
  • Here is a recent lawsuit filed against the Golden LivingCenter in Maryland
  • Nursing homes are making mistakes every day that are getting people hurt and killed. The great majority of viable nursing home lawsuits settle. But before they settle, you have to fight tooth and nail for justice. If you want justice from nursing home error, call our nursing home attorneys today at 1.800.553.8082 or get a free online case review. There is no a cost or any kind ever unless we get money damages for you.
1 Vital Statistics
Number of Beds: 120 certified bedsrating information

Beds in the nursing home that have been approved by the federal government to participate in Medicare or Medicaid.

Accepts: Medicare and Medicaidrating information

Shows if the nursing home participates in the Medicare, Medicaid, or both.

2 Key Ratings
Star Rating Summary
Overall Rating rating information

A rating of 1 to 5 stars based on the health inspection, staffing, and quality measures ratings combined into one. More stars are better.

1 StarMuch Below Average
Health Inspection rating information

A rating of 1 to 5 stars based on the nursing home’s health inspection results. More stars are better.

1 StarMuch Below Average
Staffing rating information

A rating of 1 to 5 stars based on the nursing home’s staffing hours for Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). More stars are better.

2 StarsBelow Average
RN Staffing rating information

A rating of 1 to 5 stars based on the amount of time Registered Nurses (RNs) spend with residents as reported by the nursing home. More stars are better.

4 StarsAbove Average
Quality Measures rating information

A rating of 1 to 5 stars based on resident assessment data that show how well the nursing home cares for residents’ needs. More stars are better.

1 StarMuch Below Average
3 Key Short Stay Statistics
DescriptionGolden Living Center - FrederickMD
Average
Percent of short-stay residents who self-report moderate to severe pain.
Lower percentages are better.
22.0%14.2%
Percent of short-stay residents with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened.
Lower percentages are better.
0.5%1.3%
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Higher percentages are better.
38.9%82.5%
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine.
Higher percentages are better.
24.7%81.2%
Percent of short-stay residents who newly received an antipsychotic medication.
Lower percentages are better.
3.0%2.2%
4 Key Long Stay Statistics
DescriptionGolden Living Center - FrederickMD
Average
Percentage of long-stay residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury.
Lower percentages are better.
6.3%2.9%
Percentage of long-stay residents with a urinary tract infection.
Lower percentages are better.
5.3%4.5%
Percentage of long-stay residents who self-report moderate to severe pain.
Lower percentages are better.
16.9%6.4%
Percentage of long-stay high-risk residents with pressure ulcers.
Lower percentages are better.
6.7%6.8%
Percentage of long-stay low-risk residents who lose control of their bowels or bladder.
Lower percentages are better.
74.3%58.0%
Percentage of long-stay residents who have/had a catheter inserted and left in their bladder.
Lower percentages are better.
2.2%2.5%
Percentage of long-stay residents who were physically restrained.
Lower percentages are better.
0.5%0.6%
Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened.
Lower percentages are better.
20.1%22.3%
Percentage of long-stay residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased.
Lower percentages are better.
15.8%18.7%
Percentage of long-stay residents who lose too much weight.
Lower percentages are better.
6.6%6.3%
Percentage of long-stay residents who have depressive symptoms.
Lower percentages are better.
3.9%4.8%
Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication.
Lower percentages are better.
24.3%18.3%
Percentage of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Higher percentages are better.
88.3%95.0%
Percentage of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine.
Higher percentages are better.
46.6%92.2%
Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antipsychotic medication.
Lower percentages are better.
15.2%14.1%
5 Inspection Summary

Date of standard health inspection: 09/17/2015
Total number of health deficiencies: 9
Average number of health deficiencies in MD: 10.6

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