Carillon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received 21 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 Huntington nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of four surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did implement adequate measures to prevent abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code ensures nursing home residents “the right to be free from abuse.” An August 2019 citation found that Carillon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not ensure this right for one resident. The citation states specifically that a Certified Nursing Aide pushed a resident “in her bed using his hand over her head/face three times when the resident was trying to get out of bed.” The citation states that according to the patient, the CNA in question “was verbally abusive,” put his hand over her face, and pushed her head into her pillow “three times asking her to shut up.” The resident stated further that the CNA’s aggression and demeanor “shocked” her. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the termination of the CNA in question.
2. The nursing home did not take adequate measures to prevent accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure that resident environments are “as free of accident hazards as is possible” and that residents receive “adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.” A May 2019 citation found that Carillon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not ensure such for two residents. The citation states specifically that two facility nurses who administered residents’ medication “were observed to leave the medications with the residents without ensuring the medications were taken under their observation.” The citation states that this contravened facility policy stating that “Medications are not to be left with the resident” and that nurses must observe residents ingest their medications. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included in-servicing of the nurses in question.
3. The nursing home did not implement adequate measures to prevent and control infection. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to create and uphold infection prevention and control programs “to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.” A May 2019 citation found that Carillon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not adequately implement such a program. The citation states specifically that an inspector observed a resident’s “Suprapubic drainage bag… laying directly on the floor without a barrier.” In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing Services stated that every resident using such a bag should have it covered.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC work diligently to protect the rights of nursing home residents. Please contact us to discuss in the event you have a potential case involving neglect or abuse.