Nursing Home Facing $20,000 In Fines After Repeated Abuse Of Residents
Assertions that a nursing home failed to keep six residents from being mentally, verbally or physically abused have prompted $20,000 in fines and an investigation that will be turned over to the state’s attorney’s office.
The Department of Public Health levied the fine against the nursing home after a June 3 inspection prompted when the nursing home told the state about assertions made against a former employee.
“[One] was abused when staff forcefully held him down and threatened to cut his throat, causing [him] to cry,” a state report on the findings said. Another “was abused when staff took away her fingernail polish and food and slapped her in the face.” Others told investigators their food or drinks were taken and thrown away or locked up.
Some staff members recorded themselves making fun of residents, the report said.
Two people were eventually fired over the allegations, the report said.
But the state contends some of the 57 residents at the facility complained for at least two weeks to other employees. It was almost a month and a half before the administrator was notified of any problem, according to the report.
Inspectors also noted there were housekeeping and maintenance issues and the for-profit facility did not have a registered nurse on duty for eight hours seven days a week.
The nursing home is rated a “one” on a scale of “one” to “five” by U.S. News and World Report. 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.
Posted on Mon, August 24, 2009
by Robert Carter