While nursing homes are supposed to be a place of safety and comfort for our elderly population, six Connecticut nursing homes have been found to be anything but. Cumulatively, these six nursing homes have been issued a total of $30,481 in fines due to regulation violations cited by the Department of Public Health. Here is a summary of those facilities involved.
- Orchard Grove Specialty Care Center – Located in Uncasville, this facility was fined $7,800 after a resident who suffers from dementia fell on multiple occasions between Aug. 16, 2018, and June 7, 2019. Additionally, on Aug. 21, 2018, the same resident was injured after an aide improperly moved them without a second individual helping.
- Apple Rehab West Haven – This West Haven facility was fined $7,440 for verbal abuse and violations, which led to the resident injury. On June 14, 2018, a hairdresser who worked at the facility’s salon noticed a large hematoma on a resident’s shin, which was caused by being bumped by a Hoyer lift during transfer. Then on Dec. 14, 2018, an aide referred to another resident by a derogatory name, resulting in the termination of their job.
- Laurel Ridge Health Care Center – The Ridgefield-based center was fined for $6,960 due to a subdural hematoma that a resident incurred. On Oct. 8, 2019, the resident was being changed by one aide – instead of two aides being present as required – and fell out of bed. The resident’s head consequently hit the floor.
- Whitney Center – The Hamden-based Whitney Center was fined $6,120 after a resident was violated by a nurse aide who took a photograph on her personal cell phone of them being transferred to a shower chair. The aide had been given a written warning before subsequently being fired. The family of the resident was immediately contacted but was happy with the facility’s response.
- Harrington Court – This Colchester-based facility was fined $2,160 after a resident who has dementia left the building on two occasions. On July 7, 2019, the resident was located walking around the parking lot. Then on Sept. 3, 2019, the resident, who had since been given a WanderGuard bracelet escaped through an emergency door and was located two streets away.
- Bridgeport Health Care Center – This center was fined $1 after two nurses failed to call 9-1-1 when a resident died. Though the resident had a Do Not Resuscitate order and was found lifeless on May 15, 2019, they were still expected to take specific actions aside from CPR, such as to transfer the resident to a hospital. Both nurses were fired, but the facility was only fined $1 since it is in receivership.
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