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Sweet Book of Williamstown Rehab (CareOne LLC)

Our office represents the family of John S., a 72 year old gentleman who was a resident at Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehab of Williamstown, Massachusetts. Sweet Brook was acquired by CareOne LLC in 2010. CareOne LLC is a nationwide chain of facilities.

While transferring John, nurse aides apparantly dropped him or lost control of him and he fell sustaining serious leg injuries. He died 2 weeks later. An autopsy called this an "accident" related death.

The lift in use at the time of the transfer was called a Hoyer Lift.

Researching Sweet Brook on the State Survey Website revealed low performance grades in their latest survey:

"This nursing facility met 113 out of the 132 key requirements in all five categories in its last three surveys. The number of deficiencies not met as a result of complaint investigations is: 3 . The facility's score is 104 after adjustment for scope and severity. 4% of all facilities had a score of 104 or lower. The statewide average facility score is 121."

While not necessarily determinative on any individual case these surveys are useful in helping prospective families to select an appropriate facility.

The report also stated:
" The following requirement(s) were not met. The regulation(s) survey date and scope and severity rating(s) are listed below" The facility ensures that the resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as is possible. (F 323)
The facility must ensure that the resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as is possible; and each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents. (F323)
" 07/13/2011 G 09/29/2010 E 07/28/2010 G 07/08/2009 D

AS a result of the injuries and wrongful death, a lawsuit was filed by the estate in January, 2012.

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