The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome Cited for Burns

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According to New York State Department of Health records assessed on May 22nd, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome has received a total of 31 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2021.

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome received 31 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 20, 2022. The Rome nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of nine inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately implement accident-prevention measures. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure resident environments are as free as possible of accident hazards, with adequate supervision to prevent accidents. A May 2021 citation found that The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a resident with a history of looking for showers in the facility, and who required supervision for bathing and ambulation, was found in a shower with first and second degree burns. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the suspension of two nursing aides and a licensed practical nurse “as there was no documentation completed that they did their hourly rounds that was part of their job, and failed to properly know the whereabouts of their residents at all times.”

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The nursing home was cited for failing to implement accident-prevention measures, they did not prevent medication errors, and the nursing home did not enforce Covid-19 vaccination among the staff members in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

2. The nursing home did not adequately prevent medication errors. Section 483.45 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure residents “are free of any significant medication errors.” A March 2022 citation found that The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a resident did not receive 13 doses of one medication and 15 doses of another medication, per orders. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of licensed staff on “what to do if a medication is not available.”

3. The nursing home did not adequately vaccinate staff against Covid-19. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must “develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that all staff are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.” A March 2022 citation found that The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes one licensed practical nurse at the facility who was not fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and for whom the facility “did not implement additional precautions, intended to mitigate the transmission, and spread of” the virus, including testing and wearing N95 masks. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of staff and the full vaccination of the LPN in question.

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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