The Pennsylvania Health Department has issued citations to several nursing homes throughout the state.
At the Luther Crest Nursing Facility of South Whitehall Township, a man with Alzheimer's disease had to be treated for hypothermia following entrapment in a walk-in refrigerator for almost three hours. He also required treatment of a hip fracture and finger dislocation related to the incident.
The facility was cited for their failure to properly supervise the resident. Luther Crest reported the incident and has said the system designed to alert staff of wondering residents in the secured nursing unit had failed. They have since improved the range and sensitivity of this system, installed hardware to prevent residents from accessing the kitchen, and have increased training regarding residents with illnesses affecting memory.
Golden LivingCenter-Stroud, located in East Stroudsburg, was cited after failing to provide residents with consistent, comfortable water temperatures for bathing; the issue has been recurrent since September 2015, according to inspection reports. Residents reported receiving bed baths instead of showers or baths in a tub – one resident's wife had been warming water in a microwave for bathing.
The facility reported the hot water issues to the state, also reporting that the entire hot water system was being replaced during the period in question.
A nurse used a single blood glucose monitor on five residents at the Pleasant Valley Manor/Monroe County Home, failing to clean it properly between uses. The facility was cited for failure to comply with the established procedures regarding hand hygiene and equipment cleaning with suitable disinfectants – no harm to residents resulted from the incident. The facility will be teaching their staff blood glucose monitoring and infection control protocols, and will be monitoring glucose testing.
Families put a great deal of trust in the nursing homes where their loved ones reside, expecting competent care and appropriate treatment. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, our nursing home abuse attorneys will pursue a legal claim to hold negligent care providers responsible for their actions.