Even if a family chooses not to sue a nursing home, the state or federal governments may choose to fine a nursing home anyway for errors. Six nursing homes in Connecticut were fined for errors recently. Becker’s Hospital Review has the details, and we’ll go over some of the cases here.
A nursing home in Uncasville was fined $7800 after a resident with dementia fell multiple times and became injured. The reason for the injuries is that an aid moved the resident incorrectly by doing it without help.
Apple Rehab West Haven was fined $7400 after a hairdresser discovered a hematoma on her client’s shin. After an investigation, it was determined that the patient was bumped by a Hoyer lift, which is a device used to lift immobile patients in and out of beds and wheelchairs. Also, an aide was fired after calling a resident a rude name.
A nursing home in Colchester was slapped with a $2160 fine after a resident with dementia wandered away from the building twice. The patient was found both times, once in a parking lot and the other time several streets away.
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A history of fines like this is a sign that a nursing home isn’t a good choice to place your loved one. Nursing homes are supposed to fix the problems that caused the fine, but that doesn’t always happen. If things go too far and you wish you inquire about suing a nursing home, call us immediately for a consultation.