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Four Nursing Homes Fined for Abuse, Injuries

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.

If you suspect a loved one has been subjected to neglect or abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility,
we’re here to help. You need someone on your side that can explain your
legal rights and the options available to you. Contact us today for a
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Arden House

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. 

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.

If you suspect a loved one has been subjected to neglect or abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility,
we’re here to help. You need someone on your side that can explain your
legal rights and the options available to you. Contact us today for a
free, confidential legal evaluation.

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