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Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Syracuse has received a total of 89 citations for being in violation of public health and safety codes and has been previously placed on a list that could make this nursing home one of the worst facilities.

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.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul shared her heartfelt apologies with families of the nursing home residents who died during the Covid-19 pandemic, stating how sorry she was for how things had been handled during these times and how there is talk of a compensation fund for these families if approved by the state legislature.

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

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Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Syracuse has received a total of 89 citations and was placed on a list by the federal government after inspectors found serious issues that could name this nursing home one of the worst facilities in the country.

A “troubled” nursing home in Syracuse, New York has been placed on the federal government’s “special focus facilities list,” meaning it may end up named one of the worst-performing facilities in the country for a second time, according to a report by Syracuse.com. Continue reading

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During the Covid-19 pandemic nursing homes had as many as 40,000 deaths due to staff being overworked and neglecting many nursing home residents.

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

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A new plan in the New York state legislature would start a fund designated to compensating the relatives of the nursing home residents who lost their lives due to Covid-19 in care facilities.

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.

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Foltsbrook Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has been in violation of health codes and has received 77 citations over the last four years for failing to protect residents from accidents leading to injuries, failing to prevent infections, and for not protecting residents from being abused by other residents.

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.

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Thousands of Covid-19 nursing home deaths are being examined in order to address underlying issues.

A report released last year by New York Assemblyman Ron Kim examined the thousands of deaths from Covid-19 in the state’s nursing homes in an attempt to identify underlying problems that caused the raft of fatalities and what can be done to address those problems. The report, published by Kim’s office in July 2020, is available here.

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The Rye, New York nursing home has received 18 healthy and safety citations in recent years.

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.”

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Experts believe unvaccinated employees may be related to the rise in Covid-19 cases among nursing home residents.

Data provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicate that over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, 662,495 nursing home residents had confirmed cases of the disease and 133,513 nursing home residents lost their lives to it. A recent report by the New York Times suggests that while rising vaccination rates in nursing homes have drastically mitigated the number of fatalities, cases have begun rising due to unvaccinated nursing home staff members. Continue reading

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A new report finds that the majority of US nursing homes fell short of minimum staffing levels in the first three months of 2021.

The majority of nursing homes in the United States failed to meet minimum care staff thresholds in the first quarter of 2021, according to an analysis by the Long Term Community Care Coalition. A federal study published in 2001 established that minimum threshold as 4.10 total care staff hours per resident day (HRPD) and 0.75 registered nurse HRPD. The LTCCC found that 63% of nursing homes did not meet this threshold. Continue reading

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