Park Nursing Home Cited for Abuse, Burn

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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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The nursing home was cited for failing to protect the residents from violence and abuse from the other residents, they did not ensure the residents were protected against accidents after a resident burned themselves on the radiator near their bed, and they failed to ensure sufficient infection control measures.

2. The nursing home did not undertake adequate measures to 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 and with adequate supervision to prevent accidents. A November 2021 citation found that Park Nursing Home failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a resident’s “bed was positioned against the radiator and while in bed Resident positioned their leg between the radiator and the bed.” The resident sustained a second-degree burn and required hospitalization. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of nursing staff.

3. The nursing home did not ensure adequate infection control measures. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must endeavor to mitigate the spread of disease via the creation and maintenance of an infection prevention and control program. A September 2021 citation found that Park Nursing Home failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which residents’ oxygen tubing “was observed on multiple occasions touching the floor,” in contravention of facility policy. It goes on to describe an instance in which staffers failed to perform proper hand hygiene in between assisting residents during dining. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the educational counseling of staff who failed to follow the relevant policies.

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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