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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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Linden Center For Nursing and Rehabilitation located in Brooklyn, NY has received multiple citations for being in violation of public health code and failing to protect their residents from infection and unnecessary medication.

Linden Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation received 16 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on September 3, 2021. The Brooklyn nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of two surveys by state inspectors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home failed to adequately protect residents from infection. Under Section 483.80 of the Federal Code, nursing homes are required to create and maintain a program to prevent and control the development and transmission of disease. A January 2019 citation found that Linden Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the facility did not clean or adequately maintain certain areas in its laundry room. State inspectors observed “laundry bins in disrepair,” walls that were “chipped, dirty, in need of painting,” a dirty and clogged water drain, a floor in need of cleaning and sweeping, milk crates filled with dirty used mops, used employee coats and hats in the clean linen area, and overflowing garbage bins. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Housekeeping said that the facility had one housekeeper assigned to the area. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of laundry and housekeeping staffers.

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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 nursing home in Slingerlands, New York has received 15 health and safety code citations in recent years.

Eddy Village Green at Beverwyck received 15 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 30, 2021. The Slingerlands nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

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A nursing home in Albany, New York has received 46 health and safety code citations in recent years.

Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center received 46 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 30, 2021. The Albany nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 10 inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following: Continue reading

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A nursing home in Montgomery, New York has received 20 health and safety code citations in the last four years.

Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received 20 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 24, 2021. The Montgomery nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of five inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not undertake adequate measures to prevent residents from sustaining accidents such as choking. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure residents receive adequate supervision to prevent accidents. A May 2021 citation found that Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the facility did not ensure a resident received their prescribed diet or monitoring while eating, and as such the resident choked while eating breakfast, requiring intervention from emergency medical services. The citation goes on to state that the resident’s physician had placed an order for a chopped solids, thin liquid diet, but on the day of the choking incident the resident was given a regular meal. During the incident, according to a nurse at the facility, “no staff were assigned to monitor the resident.” The facility’s administrator states in an interview that “there was a multi system failure” contributing the resident’s choking incident, and that there “was no system for a second check in place to ensure that residents are given meals in adherence with physician’s orders.”

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A new report concluded that a controversial March 2020 order by Governor Andrew Cuomo caused additional nursing home resident deaths from Covid-19.

A report published by the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care, obtained and described by the New York Post, found that a controversial order by Governor Andrew Cuomo resulted in additional nursing home deaths from Covid-19. The March 2020 order required nursing homes to admit patients with Covid-19, and Cuomo has asserted in the past that it did not cause any increase in nursing home resident deaths. Continue reading

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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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A nursing home in Norwich, New York has received numerous health code citations.

Valley View Manor Nursing Home received 17 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 9, 2021. The Norwich nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not implement adequate accident-prevention measures. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure resident environments remain as free as possible of accident hazards. A September 2019 citation found that Valley View Manor Nursing Home failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that when a resident was suspected of smoking in the nursing home, “there was no investigation completed to assess safety and address interventions to prevent reoccurrence.” The citation goes on to state that the resident’s “history of smoking was not care planned timely to ensure the safety of herself and other residents.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of staff on the facility’s smoking and accident policies.

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