Other LPNs who cleaned glucose meters at the
The department cited the federal
Glucose meters range in price from about
In addition, inspectors found that certified nurse assistants, after providing fecal incontinence care to two residents, did not remove soiled gloves and wash their hands before touching items in the residents' rooms, another way of spreading infection.
The home had no infection control nurse for a year because of a vacancy, had not trained all nursing staff about infection control in the past year and had not trained all certified nursing aides on competencies due to staff shortages.
In April, Safire of Southtowns was rated by the federal government as a two-star nursing home, or "below average." Repeated phone calls from
The problems that led to Safire Southtowns being fined are among the many alarming allegations at nursing homes in
Here are some others:
Nursing home fined
The staff at Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in
But moments later, the licensed practical nurse who had been handed the chart by the aide realized it was the wrong folder and that the deceased had wanted life-sustaining measures.
The state fined Comprehensive Rehabilitation
The federal government's overall rating of the facility is one star, or "much below average," which is the lowest ranking.
An 87-year-old resident at the Elderwood at
There was bruising in the woman's inner thighs, but no evidence could be found that she was sexually assaulted, according to
"Tricyclic medications were found ... and after calling Elderwood, it was learned that those medications aren't dispensed at the facility," a sheriff's report stated.
"As expected, the family was shocked to learn that their mother was given antidepressants that were not even used at the facility, and oxycodone, a narcotic painkiller, that she had not been prescribed. That, coupled with the fact that there were signs of a sexual assault, we launched our own investigation," said Chiari, who is planning to sue the nursing home on behalf of the woman.
Asphyxiation alleged in lawsuit
Within two days of arriving at a
The lawsuit alleged the facility did not have staff "available to properly and adequately care for a patient with a tracheostomy" and failed to timely and properly suction Brown's tracheotomy tube.
A confidential settlement of the lawsuit has been reached and final approval of it is pending in
Medicaid fraud alleged
In addition to the lawsuit, Robinson says she has also filed a complaint with the
The state covers the cost of most nursing home residents through Medicaid payments after other types of insurance benefits or personal funds are exhausted.
"If they are not reimbursing vendors and not reinvesting in patient care, where is the money going," said Robinson, who owns Quality Medical Staffing in
She is suing the
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