January 10, 2011

Stamford Nursing Home Fined

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A Stamford nursing home was fined $3,000 by the state Dept. of Public Health for telling a double amputee patient to cover-up the lap area if sitting on the front patio.

The state cited the Edgehill Health Center in Stamford on Jan. 4.  The patient told a state health investigator that he/she was asked by the nursing supervisor to not use the front patio unless the leg area was covered because the patient’s appearance upset other residents.  The patient felt singled out because he/she is black, the report noted.  The investigator noted that a review of the facility’s Resident Handbook said, “ the resident has the right to be free of interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal in exercising his or her own rights.’’
The nursing home can contest the citation and the fine, in the coming days, the report notes.

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