Hempstead Park Nursing Home Cited for Abuse, Fall

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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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The nursing home was cited for failing to protect the residents from abuse, they did not implement proper accident-prevention measures, and the nursing home did not properly supervise residents who were at risk of leaving without permission.

2. The nursing home did not employ adequate accident-prevention measures. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with adequate supervision to prevent them from sustaining accidents, and additionally that nursing homes must provide residents with environments as free as possible of accident hazards. A November 2021 citation found that Hempstead Park Nursing Home failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a resident “assessed at high risk for falls” who suffered a fall, injuring them, “when left unsupervised in a facility dining room.” The citation goes on to describe an instance in which intravenous needles were left unattended in a resident’s room. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the educational counseling of a certified nursing assistant who failed to ensure the resident who fell had been placed in a supervised area. 

3. Hempstead Park Nursing Home was also cited for a failure to properly supervise residents to prevent accidents in September 2021. According to this citation, the nursing home failed to properly supervise a resident with “impaired cognition and a history of exit seeking behaviors.” Although this resident had been assessed as at risk for elopement and put on 15-minute monitoring, they were not monitored in accordance with this plan, and “exited the unit undetected by the facility staff.” The resident was subsequently discovered on the nursing home’s roof. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the temporary suspension of the certified nursing assistant who had been assigned to the resident but “failed to complete the 15-minute visual rounds.”

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC work diligently to protect the rights of nursing home residents.  Please contact us to discuss in the event you have a potential case involving neglect or abuse.

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