Seven nursing homes have been fined at least $1,200 in connection with residents who were verbally abused or who suffered cuts or broken bones. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) fined Madison House in Madison a total of $3,640 in separate citations on Feb. 5 and March 3. It was fined $1,940 in connection with a nurse’s aide who was verbally abusive to a resident on Aug. 8.
Four nursing homes have been fined at least $1,000 by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) in connection with residents being cut, neglected or abused by a worker or another resident. On Sept. 9, Walnut Hill Care Center in New Britain was fined $1,300 for failing to closely monitor an abusive resident, the DPH citation said. For four days in June, the resident was verbally abusive, punched another resident and bragged that “I can hit anybody I want to,” the DPH citation said. The home medicated the resident and twice sent the person to a hospital emergency room for evaluation.
Seven nursing homes have been fined by the state Department of Public Health in connection with medication errors and incidents that led residents to be burned or break a leg. In two separate citations on July 24, Sharon Health Care Center was fined $1,580 and $1,050 in connection with several violations of state regulations. On Oct. 30, 2013, a resident at the home was burned on the leg by a hot pack during a ride to a doctor’s office. The director of rehabilitation told state officials that in retrospect, it showed poor judgment for the rehab department to give the resident a hot pack for the half-hour ride, DPH records show.
In a rare action, the state Department of Public Health has punished and fined a home health care agency for myriad violations, including misconduct by a home care aide who moved in with a patient and took over the patient’s financial affairs.