Are you searching for a nursing home in Hartford County for an elderly loved one? If so, you might be considering the Bloomfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bloomfield, Connecticut. However, before making a final decision, you should gather as much information about the home as you can. Understanding the pros and cons of different facilities will help you make the best choice for your loved one. Every facility has its strengths and weaknesses. I will discuss those for Bloomfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation here.
Before choosing Bloomfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, it is important to understand that they received a violation for a string of issues that have taken place in the past few years.
In 2016, a resident was found unresponsive by staff members. Staff members did not follow protocol, which would have been to stay with the resident, check the resident’s vitals and immediately start CPR or administer other basic life support services. The staff members contacted emergency services but did not try to revive or help the resident while ambulance services were en route. Emergency services were able to administer CPR, but the staff members did not follow protocol by simply contacting emergency services.
Another resident was readmitted to the facility in early 2017 after sustaining a fall and breaking their femur. The resident was to wear a brace on their leg to immobilize the fracture, but instructions were given to remove the brace each day in order to clean the monitor the leg. These instructions were not written down and were not carried out. As a result, the resident developed pressure sores on their leg.
Another incident occurred in late 2016. Another resident who needed assistance turning over in bed was being assisted by a staff member when the resident’s leg started sliding of the bed. Due to the resident’s obesity, this sliding pulled the resident off the bed and the staff member was not strong enough to stop it. The resident slid to the floor on their knees and sustained a fracture in their knee. It was determined that the staff member had the resident positioned too close to the edge of the bed and that this contributed to the incident.
In late 2015 there was another fall incident with another resident. The resident required the help of two people to be transferred from the bed, toilet, shower, etc. One staff member attempted to transfer the resident from the shower (instead of the required two) and a fall occurred. The resident sustained a humeral fracture as a result of the fall.
These issues combined for Class B violations of the Public Health Code. Bloomfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation was fined $3,000 as a result.
Finally, another violation occurred in 2017. A resident who gets insulin each morning was scheduled to have a procedure done. As a result, a doctor ordered that the resident not eat or receive medication on the morning of the surgery. Food was not administered, but insulin was. This caused a lethargic response in the resident and the surgical procedure had to be postponed.
This issue resulted in a Class B violation and a $1,740 fine.
Services and Resources
Despite these issues Bloomfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation offers many services for the elderly, and has made efforts to avoid these issues from recurring in the future. The facility offers short term rehabilitation, including:
- Physical therapy.
- Occupational therapy.
- Speech therapy.
- IV therapies.
- Wound care.
- Amputee rehabilitation.
- Diabetes training.
- Heart failure services.
- Stroke rehabilitation.
- Post surgical care.
- Cardiac recovery.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation services.
- Respiratory therapy.
They also offer a pulmonary disease management program, a heart failure program, and accelerated care.
Long term care is also available. Long term residents have access to the following services:
- 24 hour care from skilled nurses.
- Restorative care.
- Social services.
- Family counseling.
- Case management.
- Activity programs.
- Nutrition services.
- Recreational activities.
- Specialty physician services.
- Primary care.
Choosing a Facility
Every facility has its pros and cons. The Bloomfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is no different. It is up to your family to decide if this is the right fit for a loved one. For further assistance choosing a facility for a loved one, contact our office.