Three nursing homes in southeastern Connecticut face state fines of more than $1,000 for lapses in care cited by the Department of Public Health. • Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Crossings East of New London was fined $1,090 by the DPH for two incidents in which staff members acted inappropriately with patients. In one case, a nurse physically restrained a resident who was behaving aggressively and engaged in an inappropriate verbal exchange, the DPH report says. In another, a nurse’s aide called a resident a derogatory name and slammed the door when she exited the resident’s room. The aide was terminated after the facility investigated the incident, the DPH report says.
The Westside Care Center in Manchester is ranked among the best nursing homes in Connecticut, receiving a ‘five-star’ rating for overall quality under a federal rating system. At the same time, Westside has the state’s highest percentage of residents who receive antipsychotic drugs, even though they do not have a psychosis or related condition that regulators say warrants their use. Federal data shows 68 percent of Westside long-stay residents were receiving the drugs – more than double the state’s average of 26 percent, which already ranks in the top-third of states nationally. A C-HIT review of federal nursing home data from December found that Westside is not alone: High antipsychotic use, considered dangerous and unnecessary in many cases, does not impact quality ratings of nursing homes, and is often unknown to consumers selecting a home. In three-dozen Connecticut homes, at least a third of long-stay residents are on antipsychotics – yet nearly half of those homes have excellent overall ratings, of 4 to 5 stars.