Ocean Promenade Nursing Center in Rockaway Park in Queens, New York was cited for failing to ensure that the residents’ environment remained as free as possible from accident hazards. Failing to do so often results in preventable falls and other accidents. Under Federal and State law, nursing home facilities are required to make sure that the nursing home environment remains as free of accident hazards as is possible. Furthermore, each New York nursing home must provide adequate supervision and assistance devices to residents in order to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, this was not the first time the facility had received such a citation.
Based on the February 24, 2009 survey, motor vehicles blocked various emergency exit doors and construction materials were left out in the open. In addition, uneven tiles and other tripping hazards were present at the entrances to resident’s rooms, resident’s bathrooms, and resident day rooms.
Ocean Promenade also received poor scores for failing to have adequate staffing and employing staff members with a history of abuse or neglect.