A New York assemblyman has said that the legislative body’s investigation of former governor Andrew Cuomo found that his administration provided misleading information about Covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes, according to a recent AP News report. The assembly’s inquiry reportedly confirmed earlier investigations by news organizations that found “gaps in the state’s statistical accounting of fatalities,” like its omission of “thousands” of Covid-19 deaths after residents were transferred from their nursing home facilities to local hospitals. Continue reading
Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has received 91 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to records accessed on November 12, 2021. It was recently placed on the “Special Focus Facility” list maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Syracuse nursing home facility’s citations resulted from a total of 17 surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not employ adequate measures to prevent falls. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must provide residents with adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents. A September 2021 citation found that Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a resident who “did not have a supervision plan in place to ensure safety during meals while receiving a mechanically altered diet.” The resident consequently “sustained several falls.” According to the citation, the nursing home did not thoroughly investigate the falls for the purpose of preventing further falls. The citation goes on to describe multiple instances during which the resident was eating in their room with no staff president, despite care instructions requiring supervision while eating. The citation describes these deficiencies as having the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of staff.
A new report by the Long-Term Community Care Coalition provides disconcerting revelations about the state of nursing home oversight in the US. According to the LTCCC’s analysis of nursing home citations issued from 2017 to 2020, the data suggests that regulators seldom classify deficient infection control practices as harmful to residents. Continue reading
Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has received 89 citations for violations of public health and safety code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on October 15, 2021. The Syracuse nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 20 surveys by state inspectors. The most recent inspection—on June 18th, 2021—described the following deficiencies:
1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent accidents. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must ensure residents receive an environment as free as possible of accident hazards. A June 2021 citation found that Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the facility lacked a plan to evacuate a resident who weighed around 700 pounds and “was not mobile” from their room during an emergency. As the citation describes, the resident “required assistance with activities of daily living” and their care plan documented the need of a mechanical lift. In an interview, staff members said the resident’s bed would not fit through their room’s doorway and that they were “not trained in bariatric evacuation.” Both a certified nursing aide and a licensed practical nurse stated that they had not been trained in bariatric evacuation and were not sure how to evacuate the resident. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing said they were not certain whether there was an evacuation plan for bariatric residents. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the development of an evacuation plan for the resident, the training of staff, and the purchase of necessary equipment.
Last week New York Governor Kathy Hochul met with the children of nursing home residents who died during the Covid-19 pandemic and apologized for the state’s handling of the crisis, according to reports by local news outlets. In a press conference the next day, she reportedly said, “I apologized for the pain that those poor families had to endure.” Continue reading
An Associated Press analysis of 15,000 nursing homes across the United States found that the Covid-19 pandemic may have resulted in as many as 40,000 excess deaths—that is, premature deaths from causes other than Covid-19. Experts suggested to the AP that nursing home residents may have died of neglect as overworked staffers tended to residents suffering from the disease. Continue reading
A new proposal in the New York state legislature would establish a $4 billion compensation fund for the relatives of nursing home residents who died of Covid-19 in long-term care facilities during the pandemic. Sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Kim, a prominent critic of former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s treatment of nursing homes during the pandemic, the bill would give relatives of victims an opportunity to apply for compensation from the state, with applications considered by a board.
Foltsbrook Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation received 77 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on September 17, 2021. It has also received two fines totaling $12,000 since 2018. The Herkimer nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six surveys by state inspectors. The violations they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from accidents. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents have the right to an environment “as free of accident hazards as is possible” and with adequate supervision to prevent accidents. A June 2021 citation found that Foltsbrook Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a a resident who microwaved soup and then spilled it on her legs, resulting in a second-degree burn described in the citation as a “non-healing wound.” In a later incident, the resident received reheated soup which spilled on her abdomen, resulting in blisters. According to the citation, the facility did not have any policy to ensure the safe reheating of foods, and there were no thermometers available in the unit for staff members to check the temperature of reheated foods. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the removal of microwaves from common areas.
Pinnacle Multicare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received 18 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on August 6, 2021. The Rye nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code ensures nursing home residents “the right to be free from abuse.” A June 2021 citation found that Pinnacle Multicare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to ensure this right for several residents. The citation states specifically that the nursing home failed to adequately monitor “a resident with a history of wandering and combative behavior” who entered another resident’s room, in which “a physical altercation ensued” and the first resident “sustained serious injuries and expired in the hospital.” In another incident described by the citation, another resident with “a history” of aggressive behavior was inadequately monitored by the facility, wandered into a fourth resident’s room and assaulted them, causing a fractured nose. In a third incident, a third resident with “a history of aggressive behavior” was not adequately monitored by the facility “and assaulted their roommate,” who sustained injuries. The citation states that these failures resulted in “actual harm.”