Calibre Post Acute, LLC
Calibre Post Acute, LLC is a nursing home in Las Cruces that has received the lowest rating available by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. While the facility has not been specifically flagged for a history of abuse, the risk is high due to staffing deficiencies. If your loved one has experienced nursing home abuse at Calibre Post Acute, LLC, Levin & Perconti may be able to help you pursue justice.
- About Calibre Post Acute, LLC
- Calibre Post Acute, LLC Ratings
- Health Violations at Calibre Post Acute, LLC
- Staffing at Calibre Post Acute, LLC
- Quality of Care at Calibre Post Acute, LLC
- What to Do If You Suspect Abuse at Calibre Post Acute, LLC
- Levin & Perconti Stands Up for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home residents have a right to live in a safe, hospitable environment and receive quality care. The residents at Calibre Post Acute, LLC are often deprived of these basic rights. A Las Cruces nursing home abuse lawyer at Levin & Perconti can help vulnerable adults and their families aggressively pursue justice against nursing homes that subject them to maltreatment.
About Calibre Post Acute, LLC
Calibre Post Acute, LLC is a for-profit facility with 120 beds. It is privately owned by an individual who is also the director, Kenneth Goldblatt.
It is located at the following address:
2029 Sagecrest Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: (575) 522-7000
This facility was first established in 1984 and offers long-term and short-term care.
Calibre Post Acute, LLC Ratings
Calibre Post Acute, LLC has a one-star Medicare rating, the lowest rating available. This rating is based on its recent health inspection history, staffing, and quality of care. According to Nursing Home Database, this facility is the lowest-rated nursing home out of the seven skilled nursing facilities located within a 25-mile radius.
Health Violations at Calibre Post Acute, LLC
Calibre Post Acute, LLC has had 36 health violations in the last 12 months, significantly exceeding the state average of 15.5 and the national average of 8.4. Calibre Post Acute, LLC’s history of violations has earned it a position on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Special Focus Facility candidate list.
What is a Special Focus Facility?
Special Focus Facilities are nursing homes that have the highest number of deficiencies in their respective states. These facilities face more frequent health inspections and steeper fines.
If they fail to improve their facilities within a reasonable period, they can lose their Medicare and Medicaid certifications and licenses. As facilities graduate or are terminated, Medicare selects additional facilities from the list of candidates.
Actions Taken Against Calibre Post Acute, LLC
Calibre Post Acute, LLC has been subjected to the following actions as a result of repeated health violations:
- 52 inspections from 2004 to 2022
- 19 complaints in the last three years that have resulted in citations
- Seven infection control citations in the past three years
- One lawsuit
- $28,948 in federal fines in the last three years, including a $26,000 fine on June 24, 2021
- A Medicare or Medicaid payment denial on June 24, 2021
This facility’s 36 health violations during the last 12 months were discovered during an annual inspection and two complaint inspections.
Calibre Post Acute, LLC’s most recent annual inspection was completed on September 9, 2022, in which inspectors found the following violations:
- Failure to provide a dignity cover on a patient’s catheter bag
- Failure to promptly (within 48 hours) implement a plan of care for the immediate needs of a patient who needed insulin and antibiotics
- Failure to monitor medication side effects and intervene as necessary
- Failure to protect a resident from verbal abuse and threats by another resident
- Failure to properly address multiple wounds on a patient
- Changing a resident’s food consistency from soft to regular without medical approval
- Missed dialysis treatments
- Failure to have a registered nurse on duty for eight hours daily
- Failure to properly label medications
- Failure to label and date food items in the kitchen
- Failure by staff to wear COVID-19 masks at all times and properly
- Failure to provide COVID-19 testing on residents and staff
- Failure to safely and properly maintain the van used to transport residents
- Failure to train staff on dementia care, abuse, neglect, and exploitation
April 2022 Complaint Inspection
Calibre Post Acute, LLC was cited for some of the same violations on April 8, 2022, in a complaint inspection, including the following:
- Failure to meet RN staffing requirements
- Failure to obtain and follow pharmacist recommendations
- Failure to monitor antibiotic use
November 2021 Complaint Inspection
During the complaint inspection on November 10, 2021, inspectors found that the facility failed to ensure staff had immediate knowledge of each patient’s advance directives. This resulted in at least one patient’s end-of-life wishes not being followed.
This inspection also revealed repeat violations, indicating the facility has failed to take measures to improve. These deficiencies include the following:
- Failure to monitor antibiotic use
- Failure to wear COVID-19 masks and other protective equipment
- Failure to properly maintain the van, with multiple issues cited, including safety issues that prompted a CNA to disclose to the inspector that they felt unsafe driving the van and using the wheelchair lift
Inspectors also found during this inspection that the facility failed to maintain the emergency crash carts to ensure supplies would be immediately available in emergencies.
Calibre Post Acute, LLC has had eight fire safety and emergency preparedness citations in the last three years compared with a national average of 4.4 and a state average of 3.7.
Staffing at Calibre Post Acute, LLC
CMS has not specifically flagged Calibre Post Acute, LLC as a facility with a history of abuse during the last three years. However, it has the lowest staffing rating available, a one-star rating. Understaffing is a significant predictor of nursing home abuse.
According to Medicare, the average nursing home provides each resident with 40 minutes per day of care by registered nurses (RNs), but residents at Calibre Post Acute, LLC only receive seven minutes of registered nursing care per day.
Residents of Calibre Post Acute, LLC receive slightly higher-than-average hours of care from licensed practical nurses (LPNs) at one hour and 18 minutes per day compared to a state average of 40 minutes and a national average of 53 minutes. This is most likely a result of the deficiency in patient care hours by RNs.
However, LPNs have significantly less training than RNs and are not qualified to assume the responsibilities of RNs.
Staff turnover is frequently an indication of job satisfaction. Dissatisfied staff members are most likely overworked, underpaid, and constantly frustrated with their inability to stay on top of resident needs. Nursing home residents often receive the brunt end of this frustration.
Staff turnover at Calibre Post Acute, LLC is 66.7 percent, markedly higher than the national average of 53.5 percent. Registered nurse turnover is 88.9 percent, which is significantly higher than the state and national averages of 63.1 percent and 52.3 percent, respectively.
Quality of Care at Calibre Post Acute, LLC
The overall Medicare rating for the quality of care at Calibre Post Acute, LLC is two stars, which is below average.
Short-Stay Quality of Care
CMS is unable to provide a rating for short-stay care quality at Calibre Post Acute, LLC due to limited information, but the information that is available shows important areas of concern.
Antipsychotic medications should only be prescribed to patients with specific medical conditions, but they are often used in nursing homes as a chemical restraint, which serves as a substitute for care. Patients with higher demands or behavioral challenges may receive these medications to reduce the time nursing staff must spend caring for their needs.
CMS recognizes that this is an inappropriate use of these medications and monitors their use in nursing homes. Nationally, the average nursing home prescribes antipsychotic medications to approximately 1.8 percent of short-stay residents.
At Calibre Post Acute, LLC, 12.9 percent of short-stay residents receive these medications, which carry serious health risks, especially for dementia patients.
Improvements in Mobility
Nationwide, 74.1 percent of patients in short-stay skilled nursing facilities experience improvement in their mobility, but only 67.6 percent experience such improvements at Calibre Post Acute, LLC.
Medication Assessment Upon Admission
Nationally, 91.1 percent of short-stay nursing home residents undergo a medical review of their medications and receive follow-up care when medication issues are identified. However, short-stay residents of Calibre Post Acute, LLC only receive medication review and follow-up care 24 percent of the time.
Nationwide, approximately one percent of short-stay skilled nursing facility residents experience falls during their stay, but this number is as high as eight percent at Calibre Post Acute, LLC.
Long-Term Care Quality
The Medicare rating for the quality of care received by long-term residents of Calibre Post Acute, LLC is two stars, or below average. Areas of concern include the following:
- Long-stay residents at Calibre Post Acute, LLC are nearly four times more likely than the national average to visit the hospital emergency room.
- An alarming 11.4 percent of long-stay residents have catheters inserted and left in their bladders, compared to 1.6 percent nationwide and two percent statewide.
- Long-stay residents are more likely than the state and national averages to experience decreased mobility and self-care abilities.
- Calibre Post Acute, LLC long-stay residents are less likely than state and national averages to receive needed pneumonia vaccines.
- Residents of Calibre Post Acute, LLC are more likely to lose control of their bowels or bladder compared to state and national averages.
- Calibre Post Acute, LLC residents are more likely than the state and national averages to lose too much weight.
Long-stay residents at Calibre Post Acute, LLC are less likely than long-stay residents across the state and nation to receive antipsychotic medications, which is positive. However, the overuse of indwelling catheters is another inappropriate substitute for nursing care that is often used in understaffed nursing homes.
Indwelling catheters drastically increase a resident’s risk of antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections. These infections can be dangerous to older adults. They are a common cause of sepsis, a systemic, life-threatening infection.
What to Do If You Suspect Abuse at Calibre Post Acute, LLC
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected at Calibre Post Acute, LLC, you can stop the abuse by reporting it to the following authorities:
- The Division of Health Improvement, (800) 752-8649
- The New Mexico Long-Term Care Ombudsman, (866) 451-2901
- The Las Cruces Police Department, (575) 528-4200
If you believe your loved one is in danger, call 911. Nursing home abuse should also be reported to the administrator of the nursing home. If an injury has occurred, it’s also important to contact a nursing home abuse attorney in New Mexico to discuss pursuing litigation against the facility.
Levin & Perconti Stands Up for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Levin & Perconti is nationally known for winning substantial verdicts and settlements in cases of medical malpractice and nursing home abuse. Our law firm was founded in 1992, and since our establishment, our attorneys have built a long, successful track record of results on behalf of abused and neglected nursing home residents, such as the following:
- $4.1 million record-breaking verdict on behalf of an 85-year-old woman injured in a nursing home as a result of medication mismanagement
- $2.9 million verdict on behalf of a 57-year-old nursing home resident who suffocated to death because of negligent tracheostomy tube care
- $2.8 million pressure sore settlement on behalf of a 59-year-old resident who developed multiple bed sores that took four years to heal
Your loved one or your family may be entitled to substantial compensation through a nursing home lawsuit against Calibre Post Acute, LLC. Contact a nursing home lawyer at Levin & Perconti today for a free consultation.
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