Nursing Home Fined For Dozens Of Health and Safety Violations

Sometimes nursing homes get it all wrong. One nursing home recently was fined for dozens of alleged violations of health and safety regulations.

The state inspection unit visited the facility in February and March and substantiated six separate complaints of substandard care. The department issued a 99-page list of deficiencies at the home and imposed the fines.

Among the alleged problems inspectors cited was a February incident involving an assault. According to the inspectors' report, one resident of the home pinned another resident against a bathroom door, then repeatedly struck the victim with a coat hanger.

The next day, the person identified as the attacker allegedly threatened another resident who accidentally ran over his foot with a wheelchair.

The home also was cited for allegedly failing to provide adequate care for residents on oxygen.

According to inspectors, several residents were hooked up to empty oxygen tanks or tanks that were switched off. Several different workers at the home reportedly told inspectors that the home would periodically run out of oxygen tanks, leaving oxygen-dependent residents with empty tanks strapped to the backs of their wheelchairs.

Inspectors also cited the home for allegedly employing an insufficient number of workers, with some residents and family members complaining that it took the staff up to 45 minutes to respond to a call for assistance.

The state inspectors' report details a wide range of other alleged violations, including unpalatable food; unsanitary conditions; failure to follow physicians' orders; failure to check residents' blood pressure; and failure to notify doctors and families of changes in the residents' conditions.

Alleged violations also included failure to accurately transcribe doctors' orders; failure to treat bedsores; failure to provide baths as scheduled; failure to prevent accidents that caused resident injuries; inadequate nutritional services; failure to have residents seen by a physician once every 60 days; failure to conduct adequate background checks on employees; and inadequate laundry services. For more, read the story.

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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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