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Sapphire Nursing at Meadow Hill has received 27 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022 after a total of 3 surveys were performed by state inspectors.

Sapphire Nursing at Meadow Hill received 27 citations for violations of public health code between between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 15, 2022. The Newburgh 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 prevent abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code ensures nursing home residents “the right to be free from abuse.” An October 2020 citation found that Sapphire Nursing and Rehab at Meadow Hill failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes two residents, both with “severely impaired cognition,” who were not protected from abuse. One resident, according to the citation, was involved in an incident in which a certified nursing assistant pulled their wig off and hit her head with it, “then posting the video to social media.” In a second incident described by the citation, another resident was involved in an incident in which another CNA took a picture of them “and posted it on social media without the resident’s or representative’s consent.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the termination of both CNAs.

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A recent report by the Long Term Care Community Coalition shares that deficiencies in nursing homes across the United States are not being classified as harmful to the residents, which appears to be false and potentially dangerous for many nursing home residents.

A recent report by the Long Term Care Community Coalition raises important questions about “no harm” deficiencies in nursing homes across the United States.  “No Harm” deficiencies are health violations cited by official surveyors that are classified as causing no harm to residents. As the LTCCC argues in its Elder Justice newsletter, “no harm” citations often appear on their face to indeed be harmful, and that because they rarely result in financial penalties, this potentially erroneous classification leaves nursing homes without any incentive to correct systemic deficiencies. The LTCCC report describes several recent “no harm citations,” asking the reader whether the classification appears honest and accurate.  Continue reading

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A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility received 23 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022 after 10 inspections were performed by state surveyors.

A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility received 23 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 29, 2022. The Uniondale nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 10 inspections by state surveyors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not employ adequate measures to protect residents from accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing home residents have the right to an environment “as free of accident hazards as is possible.” A March 2022 citation found that A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility failed to ensure such. The citation specifically states that a resident with a history of substance abuse “was not supervised to prevent the availability of non-prescribed illicit drug usage within the facility.” According to the citation, the resident was admitted with a known history of using and selling illicit drugs in their previous nursing home, but the facility nonetheless “did not develop care plan interventions to monitor and supervise the resident for substance abuse.” The resident was later discovered “unresponsive and transferred to hospital for opioid drug overdose.” The citation describes this deficiency as posing “immediate jeopardy to resident health or safety.”

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Bellhaven Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care received 28 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022 after a total of 13 inspections by state surveyors.

Bellhaven Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care received 28 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 29, 2022. The Uniondale nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 13 inspections by state surveyors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not implement adequate infection-control protocols. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to attempt to prevent the development and spread of communicable diseases by establishing and maintaining an infection prevention and control program. A June 2021 citation found that Bellhaven Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a Licensed Practical Nurse did not change gloves or wash their hands after cleansing a resident’s wound and before applying treatment. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing Services said that the nurse should have washed their hands after cleaning the wound. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of the nurse in question.

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Apex Rehabilitation & Care Center received 15 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022 after a total of 3 surveys by state inspectors.

Apex Rehabilitation & Care Center received 15 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 29, 2022. The Uniondale nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 3 inspections by state surveyors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not effectively protect residents from accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure that resident environments are as free as possible of accident hazards. A February 2022 citation found that Apex Rehabilitation & Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which the facility did not move an ambulatory resident out of their room while “while there were repairs being made for an active leak,” additionally failing to put signage in place to inform the resident, who was at risk for falls, that the floor was wet. In an interview, a certified nursing aide acknowledged that the resident “could slip on the floor.” A housekeeper said in another interview that “they should have put a sign that indicated the floor was wet,” due to the risk that the resident could fall. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the educational counseling of staff assigned to the resident.

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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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Long Beach Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center has received 26 citations for being in violation of public health code since 2018 after a total of 6 surveys by state inspectors.

Long Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received 26 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 Long Beach 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 take proper steps to protect residents from accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure resident environments are as free as possible of accident hazards. A July 2021 citation found that Long Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a resident “was observed with four razors within their room,” and another instance in which “oral medications were left unattended” by a nurse on a resident’s over-bed table. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education and in-servicing of the staffers in question.

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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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Highfield Gardens Care Center of Great Neck has received 15 citations for being in violation of public health code since 2018 after a total of 6 surveys by state inspectors found multiple deficiencies within the nursing home.

Highfield Gardens Care Center of Great Neck received 15 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 Great Neck 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 employ adequate elopement-prevention measures. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with adequate supervision to prevent accidents, including wandering and exit-seeking behaviors. A November 2021 citation found that Highfield Gardens Care Center of Great Neck failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a resident with a known history of exit seeking behaviors “was able to pass two alarmed doors and successfully exit the facility’s ground,” eventually being located several blocks away from the nursing home. The citation describes the incident as having the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of staff on policies regarding residents with exit-seeking behaviors.

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Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center has received 25 citations for being in violation of public health code since 2018 after a total of 4 surveys by state inspectors discovered multiple deficiencies within the nursing home.

Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center received 25 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 Glen Cove 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 accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with an environment as free as possible of accident hazards. A December 2019 citation found that Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an incident in which a resident with severe cognitive impairment “locked himself in his shared bathroom” for a period of 20 minutes, as facility staffers were “unable to open the bathroom door.” According to the citation, interviews subsequently revealed that “all staff members were not knowledgeable on how to open the doors in case a resident becomes locked in the bathroom.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of relevant staff on how to open locked bathroom doors. 

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