Waters Edge Rehab & Nursing Center at Port Jefferson received 22 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 Port Jefferson nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six inspections by state surveyors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The citation did not effectively care for residents’ pressure ulcers. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure residents receive a level of care adequate to prevent the avoidable development of pressure ulcers, and that residents with pressure ulcers receive care and services to promote both their healing and the development of additional ulcers. A February 2022 citation found that Waters Edge Rehab & Nursing Center at Port Jefferson failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a resident with a pressure ulcer on their right heel for whom “facility staff did not consistently conduct weekly assessments.” In fact, the citation states, the resident was not referred to the facility’s wound care team “until 18 days after the PU [pressure ulcer] was first identified.” In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing Services said that “should have been seen by the wound care nurse as soon as possible on the day of the PU identification.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the counseling and education of two certified nursing assistants.