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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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Records show that the nursing home in Malone, New York has received 40 health and safety code citations in recent years.

Alice Hyde Medical Center has received 40 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on June 25, 2021. The facility has also received $26,000 in fines, according to those records. The Malone nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of four inspections by state authorities. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure residents receive adequate supervision to prevent them from sustaining accidents. A January 2020 citation found that Alice Hyde Medical Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the facility did not ensure a resident who was a known wandering risk “did not elope from the building undetected until she was seen outside at the employee entrance door asking to come back into the facility because she was cold.” According to the citation, the resident’s wander guard alert “was not sounding on the computer” when the resident was outside. In an interview, the nursing home’s facility director aid that the resident was able to enter a stairwell “because there was an issue with the door,” which was attributed to an issue with the door’s magnetic strip. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of all staff on the facility’s unsafe wandering policy.

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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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The Bronx nursing home has received 18 citations during the most recent reporting period.

Casa Promesa has received 18 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on June 4, 2021. The facility has also received $4,000 in fines since 2019. The Bronx nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of five surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

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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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A nursing home in Palatine Bridge, New York has received citations for medication errors and infection control.

Palatine Nursing Home has received 24 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 20, 2021. The facility also received a fine of $12,000 in 2021 in connection to findings of rule violations. The Palatine Bridge nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following: Continue reading

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A nursing home in Arverne, New York has received 15 health code citations in the last four years.

Horizon Care Center has received 15 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 12, 2021. The Arverne nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of two surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not employ adequate accident-prevention measures. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must provide residents with an environment that remains as free as possible of accident hazards. An October 2019 citation found that Horizon Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that after a resident “used an aerosol deodorant spray towards a peer,” the spray “was not immediately removed… to prevent the potential for recurrence.” In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing Services said the facility didn’t have any policy concerning “potentially hazardous objects in the resident rooms,” and that upon consideration there was “potential for a future altercation with another resident.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the removal of the aerosol spray and its replacement with stick deodorant.

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A nursing home in Rochester, New York has received citations for accident hazards and medication errors.

Kirkhaven has received 25 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 7, 2021. The Rochester nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following: Continue reading

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