30 North Place
Frederick, Maryland 21701
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.
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
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