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  • Nursing Homes Cited For Subpar Equipment

    A nursing home has been cited for housing rundown medical equipment that could be used for nursing home patients. One piece of equipment was a rusty wheelchair. The other piece of equipment was a dust-covered suction machine. The equipment was identified during an audit of the nursing home that followed a survey completed by the health department.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Place Patients In Imminent Danger

    A nursing home has placed patients in imminent danger as family members of the patients testify about the poor quality care their loved ones have received. One family member spoke of poor hygiene and uncleanliness for her mother. She also spoke of items being stolen, while her mother lay in crusted food, coffee and urine stains.Another family member of a different patient found his father deceased in his bed when he came to visit.   Read More...

  • Most Recent Nursing Home Special Focus Facility List Released

    Each year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid release a list of Special Focus Facilities (SFFs). The purpose of the list is to identify nursing homes with serious deficiencies that have not been corrected. On average a nursing home has 6-7 deficiencies per survey.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Owner And Treating Physician Charged With Neglect

    Two homes for the elderly have been cited for neglect and the treating physician and manager of the homes have been arrested. A patient under their care experienced obvious neglect.  The patient suffered bed sores and a seizure.   Read More...

  • Nursing Homes Prepare For Hurricane Florence By Evacuating Patients

    Nursing home patients have been evacuated and transported to other facilities in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Nursing home owners are taking greater precautions after the deaths of a dozen nursing home patients last year. The deaths were due to power outages that stopped air conditioning units from working. The heat killed multiple patients whose bodies could not withstand the increased temperatures.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Owners Plead Guilty To Understaffing In Connection With Patient Death

    Nursing home owners have pleaded guilty to allowing a nursing home to be understaffed in connection with a patient's death. The patient was left in a recliner for more than 41 hours without medical care in 2016. The nursing home received new owners the following year. The convicted owners that allowed the insufficient staffing will be sentenced next month.   Read More...

  • Warrant Issued For Nursing Home Employee's Arrest For Abuse Of Patient

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a nursing home employee for the abuse of a nursing home patient. The patient was choked, slapped and hit for soiling himself. The employee was videotaped by a coworker on a cell phone. The video was brought to administration who called the police to file a report.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Dies Due To Negligence

    A nursing home is under investigation for a patient's death. The patient died in a whirlpool tub after asking to take a bath. The facility staff noted that the patient enjoyed long baths and would check on patient's every 5-10 minutes.   Read More...

  • Patient Speaks Out About Nursing Home Abuse

    A nursing home patient is speaking out against abuse she and her roommate experienced. The nursing home employee was physically and verbally abusive throwing her in the bed and forcing the patient's roommate to do more than she could physically hande. "When she came over, she grabbed me by this arm and by my feet like you put a baby in the bed...threw me in there. Threw me in the bed," the patient said.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Fined For Patient Incident Involving Another Patient

    A nursing home has been fined more than $9,000 following an incident involving two residents. One resident threatened another resident with a butter knife saying he would slit the patient's throat and drink his blood. Several encounters with threats and an attempt to obtain knives from the cafeteria lead to multiple citations. The facility then failed to put interventions in place in the patient's care plan to prevent future incidents.   Read More...

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