Four Connecticut nursing homes are being fined over $1,000 each for incidents that led to cuts, bruises and a broken bone in residents, along with one count of physical abuse.
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A fine of $1,020 was issued to Arden House in Hamden on January 23 for an incident of physical abuse involving a resident and nurse’s aide, according to Department of Public Health records.
The incident was first reported on October 31 by a resident with a history of making unsubstantiated claims against Arden House staff. The resident alleged that the nurse’s aide undressed and pinched the resident in the groin, according to records. The facility investigated the incident and found evidence to substantiate the story, leading Arden House to fire the nurse’s aide. The aide has denied the abuse allegations.
Arden House spokesperson Jeanne Moore says the aide was suspended as soon as the resident’s accusations were expressed, and that the facility immediately began investigations and contacted authorities. Moore says that Arden House has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to resident abuse.
Highlands Health Care Center
Cheshire long-term care facility Highlands Health Care Center was subject to two fines for separate citations in February. The first incident involved an unsupervised resident’s fall accident, which occurred on September 1, 2013. The resident had been left alone in a restroom and was found bleeding from the head underneath the sink. According to records, the resident (who suffer from dementia) sustained a laceration on the face which required 10 staples to close. According to reports from the New Haven Register, the resident was left alone by one aide after being told by another that the resident was able to visit the restroom alone. The facility’s conclusion was that the resident should not have been left alone. The facility was fined $1,090 on February 4.
The other incident led to a fine of $1,160 on February 25, and involved a resident who developed a deep pressure sore on the heel. Records reflect that the resident was not informed on how to safely move the feet until the bedsore developed.
Cassena Care at Norwalk
Cassena Care at Norwalk was fined $1,160 on January 17, in connection with a fall accident. The resident, who suffers from dementia and is known to become agitated and somewhat violent, fell off a shower chair on September 19, 2013. The resident was then treated at a hospital for bruises, a laceration to the face, and a broken bone in the face. According to the nurse’s aide that was caring for the patient at the time, the resident became agitated and pushed very hard against the shower wall, causing the chair to tip and the resident to fall. Records show that Cassena Care had failed to properly administer the resident’s anxiety medication, leading to the resident’s agitation and subsequent fall.
St. Joseph’s Living Center
Windham facility St. Joseph’s Living Center was subject to a fine of $1,160 on February 25 in connection with an incident that took place following Christmas Eve Mass. The New Haven Register reports that the resident was found bleeding on the ground by a visitor, and was taken to the hospital to be treated for a laceration close to the eye.
According to records, the resident was attending Mass when his or her walker was placed at a distance, and that the events following mass became confusing, allowing the resident to walk away unattended and went outside.
Administrator Lynn Iverson said that the facility reported the event immediately, and has added more staff members for weekends and special events.