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A nursing home in Cohoes, New York has received 22 health and safety code citations since 2017.

Eddy Village Green received 22 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 15, 2021. The facility has also received four fines totaling $22,000 since 2016. The Cohoes nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of four inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to provide residents with environments free of accident hazards and with adequate supervision and assistive devices to prevent avoidable accidents. A 2018 citation found a pattern of failures to prevent such by Eddy Village Green. The citation specifically describes one resident for whom adequate precautions were not taken to prevent elopement; a second resident who was not provided with “identification of the correct diet order to prevent the resident from choking“; and a third resident for whom the facility failed to “ensure the head of his bed was maintained at 45 degrees” in accordance with his physician’s orders. A plan of correction included the application of a wander tag to the first resident and the re-education of relevant staff.

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Staff at New York State Veterans Nursing Home in St. Albans, Queens are reportedly concerned about thousands of boxes of PPE left outside the facility.

New York State Veterans Home in St. Albans, Queens has reportedly left “1,000 boxes of PPE outside under a blue tarp for months,” leaving the supplies vulnerable to the elements, according to a recent report by THE CITY. The personal protective equipment includes medical gowns and other supplies, much of which has reportedly “been rendered unusable from rot and mildew.” Facility staff told the publication that there are “hundreds more boxes of PPE… stacked floor to ceiling” inside the facility, even though those rooms, including a library and a physical therapy unit, are “intended for resident use.”

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A new law in New York will create staffing standards for nursing homes.

Legislation signed this month by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will establish new staffing mandates for nursing homes and hospitals in the state. Under the new law, which will take effect in January 2022, nursing homes will be required to “meet a minimum daily average of 3 1/2 hours of nursing care per resident,” according to a report by Healthcare Dive. Continue reading

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A new report argues that a Cuomo administration order in March 2020 caused Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes.

A recent report by the New York State Bar Association’s Long-Term Care Task Force found that a 2020 health order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo caused deaths in the state’s nursing homes from Covid-19. According to the Times-Union, the new report pushes back on earlier findings by the Department of Health, which concluded that the order did not cause Covid-19 deaths, attributing them to “the unwitting infection of asymptomatic nursing staff members.”

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The nursing home in Batavia, New York has received citations and fines.

Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has received 39 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 28, 2021. The facility has also received $32,000 in fines since 2017. The Batavia nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of ten surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not take adequately prevent infection. Under Section 483.80 of the Federal Code, nursing homes are required to create and maintain an infection prevention and control program in order to mitigate the spread of infection and disease. A June 2020 citation found that Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the nursing home “did not maintain an Infection Control Program to ensure the health and safety of residents to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 for two… of five units.” It goes on to describe staff members who “did not use the appropriate PPE… on a unit where residents were potentially exposed to COVID-19,” and who additionally did not properly wear face masks or perform hand hygiene. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the counseling and re-education of relevant staff.

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The nursing home in Medina, New York has received citations and fines.

Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has received 28 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 28, 2021. The facility has also received $28,000 in fines since 2015. The Medina 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 not take proper measures to prevent infection. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to prevent the development and transmission of transmissible diseases and infections by establishing and upholding an infection control program. A February 2021 citation found that Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the nursing home did not ensure its staff applied and removed personal protective equipment when they entered Covid-19 units. The citation goes on to state that the nursing home did not ensure five staff members were screened for symptoms of Covid-19 every twelve hours while they were on duty. Even more specifically, the citation describes a Certified Nursing Assistant who was observed “standing less than si feet away from” a resident while the resident “was coughing without wearing a face mask.” In another instance, a resident was observed coughing near a Licensed Practical Nurse who was standing “less than six feet away,” after which the LPN left the room “and did not change their lab coat and went down the hallway to speak with another staff member.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of relevant staff.

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The nursing home in Buffalo, New York has received $30,000 in fines.

Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has received 126 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 30, 2021. The facility has additionally received three fines totaling $30,000 since 2008. The Buffalo nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 15 surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following: Continue reading

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A nursing home in Oswego, New York has received $46,000 in fines since 2013.

Pontiac Nursing Home has received 37 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 30, 2021. The facility has additionally received three fines totaling $46,000 since 2013. The Oswego nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following: Continue reading

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New data reveals that US nursing homes were understaffed during the height of the pandemic this past winter.

Last week the Long Term Community Care Coalition published fourth-quarter 2020 staffing data for every nursing home in the United States. Noting that staffing levels in nursing homes “have played a critical role in determining the health outcomes of nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the LTCCC argues that nursing homes with adequate staffing levels are better positioned to mitigate transmission of Covid-19, treat residents with the disease, and prevent the pandemic’s psychological side effects with a level of resident care that helps stave off isolation. Continue reading

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Lawmakers in the House and Senate are examining whether nursing homes are spending enough money on resident care.

A recent column in the Washington Post argued that the Covid-19 pandemic revealed dire problems in nursing home facilities across the country. The column’s author, Syracuse University law professor Nina Kohn, wrote that these systemic problems, which include understaffing and poor quality of care for nursing home residents, stem in part from “owners who place profit-seeking above their residents’ welfare.” While policymakers have turned their eye towards solutions to the structural flaws in nursing homes, Kohn states that a more concerted effort is necessary to create safer, fairer elder care in the United States. Continue reading

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