Nursing Home Admissions Suspended After Employees Violate Resident's Dignity

The state has suspended admissions to one nursing home for a second time this summer. The suspension was imposed after a complaint investigation Aug. 15-19 found that two employees took a cellphone photo  of a patient and set it to several other people. Investigators said that the incident caused "a violation of dignity" for the resident. The report said the facility failed to protect the resident and family, to enforce policies against employee use of cellphones in patient care areas and of taking cellphone photos in the nursing home, and failed to properly investigate to make sure it was an isolated incident.

According to the report, two certified nursing assistants (CNAs) took a shoulders-up photo of a fully-clothed resident, after a clean brief fell on the resident's head, which they found "humorous" and "endearing." They then forwarded the photo to other staff members and one CNA's teenage daughter, who "adore"(s) the resident, the CNA said.

Both of the employees involved have been fired, and the nursing home has been fined a one-time penalty of $6,000. The nursing home is required to have the order of suspension posted at the public entrance. It can appeal the suspension before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities.

State inspectors previously suspended admissions to facility in June after two monthly inspections found violations that inspectors said put residents in "immediate jeopardy." The state lifted the suspension upon receiving a plan of correction from the facility. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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