Three Brooklyn nursing homes have received fines by federal and state official totaling almost $18,000 for failing to provide safe living conditions to their residents. The New York nursing homes that received fines include:
Wartburg Nursing Home: The East New York facility was ordered to pay $10,400 due to the fact that Wartburg was not “administered in a way that leads to the highest possible level of well-being for each resident.” Residents felt that the facility has failed to provide an adequate level of care due to under-staffing.
Wartburg resident Darrell Carolina, claims he lost close to 20 pounds in recent months because of unsavory food. Another resident claims she could tell the facility was understaffed by the fact that she was left stranded in a bathroom for 45 minutes and that she was given the wrong medication three times by the staff.
Norwegian Christian Home & Health Canter: The Dyker Heights nursing home was fined $3,575 for failing to keep the facility free from dangers and to ensure a high quality of life for residents.
Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabiliation: The Brownsville, NY nursing home was fined $4,000 for an smoking incident when a resident ignited their clothes on fire.
The fines do little to force the nursing homes to improve care, according to Richard mallow of the Long Term Care Community Coalition. “Too often because the fines tend to be small, its a slap on the wrist. “A facility won’t make any long-term changes to improve the quality of care because its just part of doing business.”
Read more about the fines related to these New York nursing homes here.