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Troy Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls received 42 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022 after a total of 3 inspections by state surveyors lead to the discovery of multiple deficiencies within the facility.

Troy Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls received 42 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on June 17, 2022. The Hoosick Falls 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 adequately protect residents from abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code provides nursing home residents “the right to be free from abuse.” An October 2021 citation found that Troy Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls failed to ensure such. The citation specifically states that the facility failed to ensure the maintenance of resident safety following an incident in which one resident’s hands were observed up another resident’s shirt. The citation states further that nearly one month after the incident, facility staff again observed the resident’s hand up the other resident’s shirt. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing stated that “there should have been a victim care plan” initiated for the victim following the initial incident. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the implementation of “an educational program on trauma informed care” for all facility employees.

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Collar City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received 65 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022 after a total of 10 inspections by state surveyors and their findings.

Collar City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received 65 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on June 10, 2022. The Troy nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 10 inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not keep medication error rates low enough. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must ensure “medication error rates are not 5 percent or greater.” An April 2021 citation found that Collar City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that in one medication pass observed by state surveyors, there was a medication error rate of 9.68%. Among other things, the errors included a misapplication of artificial tear drops and the administering of medication to a resident whose systolic blood pressure was higher than the level at which staff were ordered to hold the medication. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of the Licensed Practical Nurse found responsible for the errors.

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Richmond Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Healthcare has received 30 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2o22 after a total of 6 inspections by state surveyors.

Richmond Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Healthcare received 30 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on June 10, 2022. The Staten Island nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not protect residents from abuse. Under Section 483.12 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must ensure residents are free from abuse. A January 2022 citation found that Richmond Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Healthcare failed to ensure such for three residents. The citation specifically describes an instance in which two residents “deemed to lack the capacity by [the facility’s] psychiatrist who make decisions regarding sexual activity” were engaging in sexual activity, and a second instance in which a third resident punched one of those two residents. The citation describes this issue as posing “immediate jeopardy to resident or health safety” and representing “a severe, systemic deficiency.” 

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Fulton Commons Care Center has received 12 citations for being in violation of public health code since 2018 after a total of 6 surveys by state inspectors lead to the discovery of multiple deficiencies within the East Meadows nursing home.

Fulton Commons Care Center received 12 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 15, 2022. The East Meadows nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six 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 the right to freedom from abuse. A January 2022 citation found that Fulton Commons Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically states that after one resident reported that a licensed practical nurse “inappropriately touched” them, the LPN continued working at the facility. Less than two weeks after the resident reported that alleged incident, another resident reported that the same LPN “exposed their genitals” to them. Both residents, according to the citation, had “intact cognition,” and both “reported being afraid and not feeling safe.” The citation states that the nursing home “failed to notify law enforcements and the New York State Department of Health within 2 hours.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the suspension and subsequent termination of the LPN, as well as the termination of the nursing supervisor “who failed to timely report” the first alleged incident.

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Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center has received 27 citations for being in violation of public health code since 2018 after a total of six surveys by state inspectors found multiple deficiencies within the Roosevelt Island nursing home.

Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center has received 27 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on March 25, 2022. The Roosevelt Island nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not protect residents from sexual abuse. Under Section 483.12 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents have the right “to be free from abuse,” including sexual abuse. A January 2022 citation found that Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes in which a resident allegedly wheeled another resident into a stairwell and touched her “breasts and pelvic area,” to which the latter resident said she “did not consent.” In an interview, the facility’s risk manager stated that even though the incident had been recorded over on the facility’s cameras, an investigation concluded that “the allegation did occur,” because of the victim’s “consistent interview and emotions regarding the allegation.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the notification of police, restrictions on the resident who allegedly perpetrated the abuse, and training of nursing staff.

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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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Westchester Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing located in Mount Vernon, NY has received 26 citations for being in violation of public health code since 2018 and has received a total of $18,000 in fines.

Westchester Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing 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 11, 2022. It also received an $18,000 fines in 2021 in connection to quality of care deficiencies. The Mount Vernon nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent residents from sexual abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing home residents have the right to be free from abuse. A November 2020 citation found that Westchester Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that an “alleged incident of sexual abuse resulted in psychosexual harm” to a resident. It goes on to describe an instance in which a second resident was seen in that resident’s room “with his penis inside her mouth.” According to the citation, the resident said the other resident “entered her room and he was holding her left arm down while rubbing her breast and attempted to kiss her,” and further that she “tried to push him with her functioning arm, but he was forceful.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of certified nursing assistant staff “to intervene to maintain safety of residents and then inform a supervisor when residents are noted with behaviors that are not indicated on their plan of care so that an evaluation can be made.”

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A recent investigation found that many nursing homes are violating the rights of residents and putting them in danger but that they are able to appeal these decisions, which could lead to these violations being hidden from the public.

A shocking new investigation by the New York Times revealed extensive evidence that some of nursing homes’ most egregious rule violations, from infection control lapses to outright sexual assault, go undisclosed by the federal government even as state inspectors report them as putting residents in danger and breaching federal regulations.  Continue reading

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Houghton Rehabilitation & Nursing Center was fined in 2016 and has received a total of 18 citations in the last four years from multiple state inspectors for being in violation of public health code and for failing to properly care for its residents.

Houghton Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has received 18 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to records accessed on December 4, 2021. It was also issued a $12,000 fine in 2016 over findings it violated sections of the health code relating to quality of care. The Houghton nursing home facility’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 provide adequate pressure ulcer care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure residents with pressure ulcer receive necessary treatment and services to prevent infection, promote healing, and stave off the development of new ulcers. A September 2018 citation found that Houghton Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such for one resident. The citation states specifically that when a physician ordered treatment for a resident with a Stage 3 pressure ulcer, the treatment was not provided as ordered, and further that the resident was not provided with a pressure-relieving air mattress per the wound consultant’s recommendation. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the completion of the treatment and provision of the bed. 

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A nursing home in Albany, New York has received 27 health and safety code citations since 2017.

Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center received 27 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 16, 2021. The facility has also received three fines totaling $22,000 since 2014. The Albany nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from abuse. Under Section 483.12 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents have “the right to be free from abuse.” An August 2020 citation found that Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center failed to ensure such for one resident. The citation specifically describes a resident with severe cognitive impairment who was abused by a resident with mildly impaired cognition. According to the citation the abuse in question involved “non-consensual sexual intrusion, touching intimate body parts or the clothing covering intimate body parts.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the movement of the victim to a new unit and the placement of the other resident on one-to-one observation and his movement to a different area to avoid contact with the victim.

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