Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care

Five Connecticut nursing homes have been fined by the state Department of Public Health in connection with incidents of inadequate staffing and injuries to patients that included cuts and a broken leg. On Oct. 29, Sheriden Woods Health Care Center of Bristol was fined $1,580 when records show a resident with a venous ulcer on a toe did not get follow-up care with a vascular surgeon in September.  A doctor’s visit had been cancelled and records show a lack of follow-up care for a few weeks until a doctor saw the wound on Sept. 26. Aurora Senior Living of Norwalk was fined $1,280 on Oct.

Nursing Homes Penalized For Care Lapses Leading To Injuries

The state Department of Public Health has penalized six nursing homes for lapses in care that contributed to residents’ injuries. In one case, a resident of Middlesex Health Care Center of Middletown who was cognitively impaired and known to have an “obsession” with shaving her legs was found with multiple lacerations on her legs. The resident obtained a razor from an unlocked room, a DPH inspection report says. After the incident, the facility changed its practice and locked up razors, while also adopting interventions to address the resident’s obsessive behavior. The home was fined $1,350 by the state.