The Hamlet Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center at Nesconset received 20 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 13, 2022. The Nesconset nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three inspections by state surveyors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not adequately keep residents free from the use of unnecessary psychotropic drugs. Under Section 483.45 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must maintain resident drug regimens free from the unnecessary use of medications that have an effect on “brain activities associated with mental processes and behavior.” A 2019 citation found that The Hamlet Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center at Nesconset failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a resident who was administer such a medication without documented evidence of an appropriate diagnosis or the development of a comprehensive care plan to address such a diagnosis. In an interview, the facility’s attending physician said he was unaware if the resident had a history that would merit the medication. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included a review of the resident’s medication and discontinuation of the medication.