Gino J Merli Veterans Center

401 Penn Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Lackawanna County
Phone: 570-961-4300
Provider Number: 39A433
Last Inspection: 10/24/2014

About the Nursing Home About the Staff

Number of Beds
Number of
Beds
196
Number of Residents
Number of
Residents
191
Number of Beds Available
Beds Available
5
Percent Occupancy
Percent Occupancy
97%
Accepts Insurance
Insurance Accepted
Medicaid
Types of Councils
Types of Councils
Both
Type of Ownership
Type of Ownership
Government - State
Within a Hospital?
Within Hospital?
NO

State Inspection Deficiencies About State Inspection Deficiencies

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Deficiency Ratings what is a deficiency rating?
By Region


  • Facility
  • County
  • PA
  • USA
  • 35
  • 27
  • 17
  • 20
Lower Numbers are Better

Deficiency Ratings what is a deficiency rating?
By Year


  • 2014
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 35
  • 45
  • 44
Lower Numbers are Better

Details by Inspection Date

 

10/24/2014 Inspection

 
Deficiency Description Scope : Level of Harm 1 -- Rating -- 7 Corrected
Failed To: Store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way. Widespread : Minimal 5 12/1/2014
Failed To: Ensure that each resident's 1) entire drug/medication regimen is free from unnecessary drugs; and 2) is managed and monitored to achieve highest level of well-being. Pattern : Minimal 4 12/1/2014
Failed To: Provide necessary care and services to maintain or improve the highest well being of each resident . Isolated : Minimal 3 12/1/2014
Failed To: Develop and implement policies for 1) screening and training employees; and the 2) prevention, identification, investigation, and reporting of any abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation of property. Isolated : Minimal 3 12/1/2014
Failed To: Keep each resident free from physical restraints, unless needed for medical treatment. Isolated : Minimal 3 12/1/2014
Failed To: Provide activities to meet the interests and needs of each resident. Isolated : Minimal 3 12/1/2014
Failed To: Give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores. Isolated : Actual 4 12/1/2014
Failed To: Ensure residents have the right to have a choice over activities, their schedules, and health care according to their interests, assessments, and plans of care. Isolated : Minimal 3 12/1/2014
Failed To: Provide medically-related social services to help each resident achieve the highest possible quality of life. Isolated : Minimal 3 12/1/2014
Failed To: Assist those residents who need help with eating/drinking, grooming and personal and oral hygiene. Pattern : Minimal 4 12/1/2014
 

6/20/2014 Inspection

 
Deficiency Description Scope : Level of Harm 1 -- Rating -- 7 Corrected
Failed To: Provide necessary care and services to maintain or improve the highest well being of each resident . Pattern : Minimal 4 8/15/2014
Failed To: Give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores. Isolated : Actual 4 8/15/2014
Failed To: Develop a complete care plan that meets all the resident's needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured. Isolated : Minimal 3 8/15/2014
Failed To: Keep the rate of medication errors (wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong time) to less than 5%. Isolated : Minimal 3 8/15/2014
Failed To: Ensure that a nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provide adequate supervision to prevent avoidable accidents. Isolated : Actual 4 8/15/2014
Failed To: Keep accurate, complete and organized clinical records on each resident that meet professional standards. Isolated : Minimal 3 8/15/2014
Failed To: Have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading. Pattern : Minimal 4 8/15/2014
Failed To: Make sure that residents receive treatments/services to maintain or improve their ability to care for themselves. Isolated : Minimal 3 8/15/2014
Failed To: Provide activities to meet the interests and needs of each resident. Pattern : Minimal 4 8/15/2014
Failed To: Develop and implement policies for 1) screening and training employees; and the 2) prevention, identification, investigation, and reporting of any abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation of property. Isolated : Minimal 3 8/15/2014
Failed To: 1) Provide 3 meals at regular times; 2) serve breakfast within 14 hours of dinner; and 3) offer a snack at bedtime each day. Pattern : Minimal 4 8/15/2014
Failed To: Provide housekeeping and maintenance services. Isolated : Minimal 3 8/15/2014
Failed To: Ensure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, unless medically necessary, and that incontinent patients receive proper services to prevent urinary tract infections and restore normal bladder functions. Isolated : Minimal 3 8/15/2014
 

5/2/2013 Inspection

 
Deficiency Description Scope : Level of Harm 1 -- Rating -- 7 Corrected
Failed To: Develop a complete care plan that meets all the resident's needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured. Pattern : Minimal 4 6/15/2013
Failed To: Ensure services provided by the nursing facility meet professional standards of quality. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013
Failed To: Store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way. Widespread : Minimal 5 6/15/2013
Failed To: Provide housekeeping and maintenance services. Pattern : Minimal 4 6/15/2013
Failed To: Provide necessary care and services to maintain or improve the highest well being of each resident . Pattern : Minimal 4 6/15/2013
Failed To: Maintain drug records and properly mark/label drugs and other similar products according to accepted professional standards. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013
Failed To: Give or get quality laboratory services/tests in a timely manner to meet the needs of residents. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013
Failed To: Have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013
Failed To: Provide care for residents in a way that maintains or improves their dignity and respect in full recognition of their individuality. Pattern : Potential 3 6/15/2013
Failed To: Give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013
Failed To: Keep accurate, complete and organized clinical records on each resident that meet professional standards. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013
Failed To: Ensure that a nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provide adequate supervision to prevent avoidable accidents. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013
Failed To: Ensure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, unless medically necessary, and that incontinent patients receive proper services to prevent urinary tract infections and restore normal bladder functions. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013


 

Complaint Investigation Deficiencies

These deficiencies resulted from complaints investigated by the state inspectors and substantiated.

 

1/27/2015 Investigation

 
Deficiency Description Scope : Level of Harm 1 -- Rating -- 7 Corrected
Failed To: Honor a residents' rights as a residents of the nursing home, free of coercion and reprisal, and as citizens or residents of the United States. Isolated : Minimal 3 unknown
Failed To: Provide care by qualified persons according to each resident's written plan of care. Isolated : Minimal 3 unknown
Failed To: Give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores. Isolated : Minimal 3 unknown
 

4/22/2014 Investigation

 
Deficiency Description Scope : Level of Harm 1 -- Rating -- 7 Corrected
Failed To: Have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading. Widespread : Minimal 5 5/16/2014
 

2/4/2014 Investigation

 
Deficiency Description Scope : Level of Harm 1 -- Rating -- 7 Corrected
Failed To: Provide care for residents in a way that maintains or improves their dignity and respect in full recognition of their individuality. Pattern : Potential 3 3/7/2014
Failed To: Assist those residents who need help with eating/drinking, grooming and personal and oral hygiene. Pattern : Minimal 4 3/7/2014
Failed To: Post nurse staffing information/data on a daily basis. Pattern : Potential 3 unknown
 

1/22/2014 Investigation

 
Deficiency Description Scope : Level of Harm 1 -- Rating -- 7 Corrected
Failed To: Immediately tell the resident, the resident's doctor, and a family member of situations (injury/decline/room, etc.) that affect the resident. Pattern : Minimal 4 3/7/2014
Failed To: 1) Hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents; or 2) report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents. Pattern : Minimal 4 3/7/2014
Failed To: Provide activities to meet the interests and needs of each resident. Isolated : Minimal 3 3/7/2014
 

4/16/2013 Investigation

 
Deficiency Description Scope : Level of Harm 1 -- Rating -- 7 Corrected
Failed To: Ensure that each resident's 1) entire drug/medication regimen is free from unnecessary drugs; and 2) is managed and monitored to achieve highest level of well-being. Isolated : Minimal 3 6/15/2013

 

About The Staff About the Staff

(Higher Numbers Are Better)

Staffing Hours Per Day Per Resident... This Facility County Avg PA State Avg
Number of Residents 191 110.32 113.72
Registered Nurses 0.65 0.83 0.95
Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurses 0.77 0.86 0.84
Certified Nursing Assistants 2.39 2.15 2.23
Total Staff Hours 3.82 3.84 4.02

About the Residents About the Staff

(Lower Numbers Are Better)

Percent of Residents... This Facility% County Avg% PA State Avg%
High Risk Long Stay Residents With Pressure Ulcers 6 4 5
Long Stay Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury 3 2 3
Long Stay Residents Who Have Depressive Symptoms 0 3 3
Long Stay Residents Who Lose Too Much Weight 8 5 7
Long Stay Residents Who Received an Antipsychotic Medication 26 15 17
Long Stay Residents Who Self Report Moderate to Severe Pain 2 5 7
Long Stay Residents Who Were NOT Assessed and Appropriately Given the Pneumococcal Vaccine 0 3 5
Long Stay Residents Who Were NOT Assessed and Appropriately Given the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine 68 16 7
Long Stay Residents Who Were Physically Restrained 0 0 0
Long Stay Residents Whose Need for Help with ADLs has Increased 10 15 15
Long Stay Residents with a Catheter Inserted and Left in Their Bladder 10 4 3
Long Stay Residents With a Urinary Tract Infection 8 4 4
Low Risk Long Stay Residents Who Lose Control of Their Bowel or Bladder 35 50 56
Short Stay Residents Who Newly Received an Antipsychotic Medication 6 2 2
Short Stay Residents Who Self Report Moderate to Severe Pain 3 16 18
Short Stay Residents Who Were NOT Assessed and Appropriately Given the Pneumococcal Vaccine 2 9 17
Short Stay Residents Who Were NOT Assessed and Appropriately Given the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine 63 19 17
Short Stay Residents With Pressure Ulcers That Are New or Worsened 0 0 0