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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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A recent report by the Wall Street Journal found that elderly people living in nursing homes, care facilities, or in the care of their family members have been experiencing more abuse since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has “stoked” the spread of elder abuse, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal. Citing findings by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a study by Yale University researchers, the report observes that “the number of elder-fraud victims increased 55% between 2019 and 2020,” while more than 20% of seniors living in private residences “reported abuse in April and May 2020,” during the early pandemic lockdowns. That figure itself represents “an 83.6% increase over pre-pandemic prevalence estimates.” Continue reading

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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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A Brooklyn nursing home has received a total of 19 citations from state inspectors between 2017 and 2021.

NY Congregational Nursing Center received 19 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on August 27, 2021. The Brooklyn nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of five surveys by state inspectors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home failed to protect its residents from abuse. Under Section 483.12 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents have “the right to be free from abuse.” A March 2021 citation found that NY Congregational Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the failed to protect a resident from abuse by another resident with a history of aggression. After the incident in question, the victim was observed “lying in bed with blood all over their face, blood at the back of the head; with swollen eyes and swollen and bleeding lips.” The citation goes on to state that “a lot of blood was on the floor next to the nightstand.” An investigation found that staff did not foresee the incident and had not implemented interventions to prevent the aggressor from entering other residents’ rooms, even though the resident was known to do so. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of facility staff.

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