Five nursing homes have been fined by the state Department of Public Health, including an Apple Rehab home in Old Saybrook that was fined $1,090 in connection with a resident who died of complications from pelvic fractures after falls at the home. The resident lived at Apple Rehab Saybrook, and a medical examiner ruled the death an accident, the DPH citation dated Tuesday said. On July 31, the resident was found on the floor, yelling, with a bruise on a wrist. On Aug. 4, the resident was seen by a doctor for abdominal pain and a temperature of 100 degrees.
The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has fined five nursing homes for violations, most of which resulted in injuries to residents. The Springs at Watermark, East Hill, Southbury, was fined $1,300 after two residents were injured. In September 2014, a resident who required an ankle and foot orthotic for transfers and walking – suffered a skin wound due to improper use of the orthotic, according to the DPH. An investigation found that the resident’s care plan lacked documentation about the use of the orthotic, according to the citation. Also, in July 2015, a patient with various diagnoses, including anxiety and a history of falls, was hurt in a fall while being helped to the bathroom, according to the DPH.