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Hempstead Park Nursing Home has received 43 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022 after a total of 13 surveys by state inspectors.

Hempstead Park Nursing Home received 43 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 22, 2022. The Hempstead nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 13 surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code provides nursing home residents with “the right to be free from abuse.” A November 2021 citation found that Hempstead Park Nursing Home failed to ensure such for two residents. The citation specifically describes one resident with dementia who kicked another resident, who then allegedly threw a garbage can at the first resident. The first resident sustained “two small lacerations” on their legs, according to the citation, which describes facility policy stating that “physical abuse is inappropriate.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the review and revision of both residents’ care plans and the in-servicing of facility staff on abuse. 

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Parkview Care and Rehabilitation Center has received 19 citations for being in violation of public health code after a total of five state inspections between 2018 and 2022.

Parkview Care and Rehabilitation Center received 19 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 22, 2022. The Massapequa nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of five inspections by state surveyors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately keep residents free from abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code guarantees nursing home residents “the right to be free from abuse.” A November 2021 citation found that Parkview Care and Rehabilitation Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which one resident hit another when the former was “attempting to lower the television volume” in the latter’s room. The latter resident was subsequently taken to a local hospital “with a hematoma to the right abdomen and a lip laceration with 3 sutures.” In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing Services told a surveyor that an internal investigation “determined that the case was not abuse because there were prevention methods in place and the residents had no history of altercations.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of staff on the facility’s resident-to-resident altercation policy.

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Hollywood Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare has received 11 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2021 after state inspectors found multiple deficiencies within the facility.

Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare has received 11 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on March 11, 2022. The Hollis nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of five surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent sexual abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure that residents are free from sexual abuse. A December 2021 citation found that Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home did not protect a resident from sexual abuse. It goes on to describe an instance in which a resident was observed with their hands in another resident’s diaper and additionally on that resident’s midsection. According to the citation, the first resident “was not removed from the dining room immediately when he/she was observed touching [the latter resident] inappropriately.”A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of facility staff on abuse. 

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Highland Care Center has received 38 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2021 after a total of 11 surveys by state inspectors found multiple deficiencies within the facility.

Highland Care Center has received 38 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on March 11, 2022. The Jamaica nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 11 surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent infection. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must undertake to prevent the transmission and spread of disease by creating and maintaining an infection prevention and control program. A December 2021 citation found that Highland Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes the facility’s failure to review its water management plan within the previous year; its lack of a Legionella sampling plan “based on the facility risk assessment”; an instance in which oxygen tubing was observed with neither any label nor any documented evidence that it had been changed; and multiple instances in which “a urinary catheter bag was observed touching the floor.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the removal and replacement of the oxygen tubing and catheter bag, the updating of the waster system assessment, and the revision of the facility’s Legionella sampling plan.

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Park Nursing Home located in Queens, NY has received 34 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2021 after state inspectors conducted their surveys and found the nursing home has not been properly caring for its residents.

Park Nursing Home has received 34 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on March 11, 2022. The Rockaway Park nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of eight surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code ensures nursing home residents “the right to be free from abuse.” A December 2021 citation found that Park Nursing Home failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the resident “failed to protect multiple residents from resident-to-resident abuse.” It goes on to describe an instance in which one resident attacked their roommate with a fork, causing lacerations; and an instance in which that same resident attacked two other roommates, causing them injuries to their hands and face. “The facility did not protect” the victims from the attacker, according to the citation, “who had known history of aggressive and unpredictable behavior.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the counseling of a registered nurse supervisor.

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Meadowland Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center located in Flushing, Queens has received a total of 17 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2021.

Meadow Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center has received 17 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on March 4, 2022. The Flushing 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 adequately protect residents from abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code ensures nursing home residents “the right to be free from abuse.” A September 2020 citation found that Meadow Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an incident in which a certified nursing assistant “hit a resident on her shoulder after the resident hit her during an altercation.” The CNA self-reported this incident to her supervisor, according to the citation, which goes on to state that the resident had “no visible injury” in an assessment after the incident but “was crying” and “had a small darkened area on her right cheek.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the suspension of the CNA, who was terminated after an investigation.

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Pelham Parkway Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Facility has received a total of 35 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2021 after state inspectors found multiple deficiencies within the facility.

Pelham Parkway Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Facility has received 35 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on February 25, 2022. The Bronx nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of seven surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent abuse. Under Section 483.12 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents have the right to freedom from abuse. An April 2021 citation found that Pelham Parkway Nursing Care and Rehabilitation failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that a resident “with dementia and a history of physically aggressive behavior” was involved in several “resident-to-resident altercations in which they pushed, hit with a newspaper, punched, slapped, or hit other residents.” According to the citation, the nursing home failed to put into place interventions to protect the other residents from the aggressive resident’s abuse. The citation notes that while the resident’s care plan initially included interventions such as one-to-one monitoring, this was discontinued. In an interview, a registered nurse at the facility said they were “unable to locate or provide a rationale as to why” the previous Director of Nursing had discontinued the one-to-one monitoring in favor of 30-minute monitoring. The citation describes these incidents as a “pattern” of deficiencies that had the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.”

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St. Patrick’s Home has received 26 citations for being in violation of public health code since 2018 after state inspectors found multiple deficiencies within the facility.

St. Patricks Home has received 26 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on February 25, 2022. The Bronx nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of seven surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from physical abuse. Under Section 483.12 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents enjoy “the right to be free from abuse.” A December 2021 citation found that St. Patrick’s Home failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a facility security officer witnessed a certified nursing assistant slap a resident’s forehead and verbally threaten the resident. The citation further describes the security officer’s statement that the CNA “threatened the resident by saying, next time, I’m going to punch you in the face.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the discharge of the CNA and the in-servicing of all staff on abuse prevention procedures.

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The Citadel Rehab and Nursing Center at Kingsbridge has received a total of 6 citations since 2018 for being in violation of public health code and failing to follow proper safety guidelines and keep the residents safe.

The Citadel Rehab and Nursing Center at Kingsbridge has received six citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on February 11, 2022. The Kingsbridge 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 adequately prevent abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code states that nursing home residents have the right to freedom from abuse. A January 2021 citation found that The Citadel Rehab and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a resident slapped a Certified Nursing Assistant, to which the CNA responded by slapping the resident on the left cheek. According to the citation, the resident’s care plan stated that she was verbally abusive, but “There were no instructions on the Resident Nursing Instructions for staff members to be aware that [the resident] had violent behavior and could become aggressive.” There were also no instructions warning staff that the resident “was verbally and physically abusive,” according to the citation, nor any instructions advising the staff on what they should do in the event the resident acted in a physically abusive manner. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing said that with respect to the resident, Certified Nursing Assistants “were instructed to redirect the resident, approach calmly and provide diversional activities,” and further that they were “trained to back away” from aggressive residents. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the review of nursing instructions and re-in-servicing of staff on how to deal with aggressive behaviors. 

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Since 2017, Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has received over 100 citations and a total of four fines for being in violation of public health code and failing to protect its residents.

Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has received 118 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on December 31, 2021. The facility has additionally received four fines totaling $38,000 since 2008, the most recent being a $10,000 fine issued in July 2021. The Buffalo nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 14 surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home failed to adequately protect residents from abuse and neglect. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code ensures nursing home residents the right “to be free from abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident property, and exploitation.” A July 2021 citation found that Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an incident in which a Certified Nursing Assistant entered a resident’s bathroom while the resident was in it, after which the resident “became agitated, an altercation ensued, and [the CNA] slammed the door causing the resident to fall to floor.” The resident was subsequently sent to the hospital and returned with conditions redacted by the citation. In a separate instance described by the citation, another resident was discovered on their floor of their room with bruising on their left eye and forehead. Although the resident had been assessed as at risk for falls, the citation states, there was no floor mat beside their bed as provided for by their care plan. The citation states that these deficiencies caused “actual harm.”

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