East Neck Nursing & Rehabilitation Center received 29 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on March 28, 2020. The West Babylon nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not prevent residents from being administered unnecessary drugs. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to keep “each resident’s drug regimen… free from unnecessary drugs.” A May 2016 citation found that East Neck Nursing & Rehabilitation Center did not ensure such for one resident. The citation states specifically that there was an increase in the resident’s antidepressant medication without any “documented evidence as to why the medication was increased.” In an interview, the facility’s neurologist was asked where the documentation for the dosage increase was, he said that he “will write it next time.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included an updating of the resident’s medical record and re-education of nursing staff regarding unnecessary medications.