The thought of nursing home abuse should not have to enter anybody’s mind, but the fact of the matter is that this is happening all over the country.
From the residents of the nursing homes to their loved ones, this is a serious issue for many in this situation. Additionally, abuse is not the only issue plaguing many nursing homes in the United States.
Two central New York nursing homes were recently fined more than $36,000 for overlooking what it means to provide a high standard of care to its residents. The two establishments in question were Rosewood Heights in Syracuse and Pontiac Nursing Home in Oswego. According to the Long Term Care Community Coalition, both nursing homes were fined between March 1 and May 31 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Pontiac was hit with a fine of $20,247 while Rosewood Heights will have to pay $16,000.
The fine against Pontiac is related to a February inspection that turned up nearly 20 deficiencies, including five categorized as “immediate jeopardy.”
In the case of Rosewood heights, its fine stems from multiple deficiencies related to inspections conducted during three separate months in 2012.
Pontiac Nursing Home in Oswego was also fined for not fully investigating the origin of falls and injuries as a means of ruling out abuse, as well as neglect and mistreatment.
Rosewood is set to close next summer, with many of its residents moving to the Cottages at Garden Grove in Cicero.
Although this story may not be directly related to nursing home abuse, these establishments need to meet the standards as set forth by its industry. Failing to do so can lead to serious injuries, as well as a variety of additional problems.
Any resident of a nursing home should be able to rest easy knowing they are in good hands at all times.
Source: Syracuse.com, “Feds fine two Central New York nursing homes more than $36,000 for providing substandard care” James Mulder, Aug. 27, 2013