Richmond Nursing Home On Troubled List
The Richmond nursing home has been placed on the list of the chronically troubled facilities of the federal government as a result of the mistreatment of a resident that was recorded on a video camera, thanks to the effort of the family of the resident for hiding the camera on the room of the victim.
There are two other nursing home facilities along with the Madison Manor nursing home of Kentucky to be included on the list that was brought out by the federal authorities. The two other nursing homes of Kentucky are the Cambridge Place located in Lexington and Somerset's Britthaven. However, during the last inspections, Cambridge Place that remained on the list for 27 months as well as Britthaven with a five months presence on the list are declared to be showing marked improvement in their services.
The president for Nursing Home Reform of Kentucky, Mr Bernie Vonderheide is troubled by the presence of three facilities of Kentucky on the list. He said that he was concerned about the presence of any facilities of Kentucky on the list.
Beth Fisher, who is the spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said that due to its consistent problem, Madison Manor had been placed on the Special Focus Facility List.
Fisher said that the facilities that are there on the list have some kind of serious problems for a long time that led to their inclusion in a federal program where these facilities are checked twice in comparison to other nursing facilities.
In case of Madison Manor, the nursing home facility had a history of non-conformity for over three years in addition to the abuse case.
In 2008, an inspection by the federal government of the Madison Manor revealed of 25 deficiencies, although the average figure of the state is seven deficiencies.
The regional director (operations) of the company that is the owner of Madison Manor, Extendicare Inc., Cindi Simpson said that the nursing home facility now is run by a leadership team and its result could be felt by the improved inspections.
Simpson said that although the center in the past had some regulatory inconsistencies, the management firmly believe to provide high-quality care. There had been a significant investment of resources for improving the care and services provided by the nursing home. These comprise increasing the levels of staffs and educating and retraining the staffs on policies procedures and protocols.
Criminal charges have been brought against the three persons in connection with the footage caught on the video camera by the office of the Kentucky Attorney General. The camera was there in the room of Armeda Thomas. One of the three persons has pleaded guilty. The relatives of Thomas had put the camera in the room after seeing over 30 mysterious bruises on her body.
The video footage that is there with the state records shows the physical abuse of Thomas by nine nursing assistants. It also shows the assistants not feeding and cleaning her. The aides of the nurse were sacked after the incident.
In case of Britthaven of Somerset, there were 38 deficiencies that were cited by federal government. The nursing home facility was also given a Type-A citation, which is the most serious citation that is given by the state in January after a resident while taking a bath fell after a shower chair conked out and she had a fractured shoulder. The citation stated that the facility had failed to keep the equipment in good condition and also did not give training to its staff on ways to use it.
Britthaven officials however were not present for comment on telephone.
In December 2008, Cambridge Place received eight deficiencies during a federal inspection.
The federal officials said that they are waiting to see the improvements that Cambridge Place and Britthaven make in the coming days.
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