Beach Terrace Care Center received 21 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on October 23, 2022. The Long Beach nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of eight surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing home facilities must protect their residents’ “right to be free from abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident property, and exploitation.” An April 2022 citation found that Beach Terrace Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a staff member verbally abused, pushed, and slapped a resident who was later observed “with sight discoloration on the left periorbital area left ear and left 5th digit.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the termination of the staff member and the notification of authorities, including the state Department of Health and Attorney General.
2. The nursing home did not employ adequate infection prevention and control protocols. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to “establish and maintain an infection prevention and control program” that ensures a “safe, sanitary and comfortable environment” for residents. A January 2022 citation found that Beach Terrace Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes the facility’s failure to supervise a resident with Covid-19 in order to prevent them from exiting the Covid unit to a non-Covid unit. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the disciplining of a staff member and the in-servicing of various staff.
3. The nursing home did not provide adequate pressure ulcer care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with a professional level of care designed to prevent the development or deterioration of pressure ulcers unless medically unavoidable. A May 2019 citation found that Beach Terrace Care Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes in which there was no documented evidence that a Registered Nurse assessed a resident’s open blister until two days after it was identified. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included an assessment of the resident’s open blister and the in-servicing of registered nurses.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC work diligently to protect the rights of nursing home residents. Please contact us to discuss in the event you have a potential case involving neglect or abuse.