Nursing Home Fined Heavily by the State in 2009

One nursing home has been accumulating a long list of fines. Recently they agreed to pay a $6,500 fine over accusations that some of its elderly and sick residents were mistreated.

The senior care center and the State Department of Public Health have agreed that the nursing home will pay the fine, according to a spokeswoman for the State Department of Public Health. The nursing home administrator said Thursday that he could neither confirm nor deny that the fine had been imposed.

A certified nursing aide was fired from the home in May after claims arose that several of the home's residents were mistreated. Following an investigation by public health officials, the facility was fined $20,000 on the grounds that it failed to keep six residents from being mentally, verbally, or physically abused.

The state’s report of the facility includes assertions of one person being threatened with having their throat cut, another being denied food, and videotapes taunting of one resident by an employee. An inspection Oct. 22 resulted in a $3,050-a-day fine for 11 days spanning Oct. 3-13, according to the State Department of Public Health.

As of Nov. 23, the nursing home had been fined more than $40,000 for substandard compliance with federal regulations. Sanctions were imposed because the October inspection identified deficiencies that were “rated at a higher scope and severity” than those reported in a Sept. 23 inspection, according to the health department.

The October inspection report also asserts that the nursing home’s deficiencies included neglecting to follow its policy and procedures for residents requiring partial assistance with feeding and failing to have a policy and procedure for assisting residents who eat too fast and are at risk for choking. One resident of the home died Oct. 3 after choking on food at the nursing home. The nursing home staff had orders to watch the resident so he didn’t put too much food in his mouth, said the county coroner. 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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