Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center received 25 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 15, 2022. The Glen Cove nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of four surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with an environment as free as possible of accident hazards. A December 2019 citation found that Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an incident in which a resident with severe cognitive impairment “locked himself in his shared bathroom” for a period of 20 minutes, as facility staffers were “unable to open the bathroom door.” According to the citation, interviews subsequently revealed that “all staff members were not knowledgeable on how to open the doors in case a resident becomes locked in the bathroom.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of relevant staff on how to open locked bathroom doors.
2. The nursing home did not employ adequate infection-prevention measures. Under Section 483.80 of the Federal Code, nursing home facilities are required to create a program to prevent and control infection, providing residents with a safe and comfortable environment. A January 2021 citation found that Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a housekeeper who was “observed wearing a cloth reusable gown” outside of a unit in which they had worn it while cleaning resident rooms, even though the unit was “designated as a yellow zone indicating all residents on the unit were on contact and droplet precautions.” In an interview, the facility’s Housekeeping Director said that the housekeeper in question should have changed the disposable gown after exiting every room. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of the housekeeping staffer.
3. The nursing home did not provide an adequate quality of care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with “treatment and care in accordance with professional standards of practice, the comprehensive person-centered care plan, and the residents’ choices.” A July 2019 citation found that Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. The citation specifically describes a resident who was admitted to the facility by a hospital with recommendations for certain treatments to a surgical site on their foot. According to the citation, despite these recommendations, “there were no treatments ordered or administered… until 7 days after the resident’s admission to he facility.” In an interview, the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing said that the nursing home’s “admissions department dropped the ball.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of the facility’s Admissions Team members.
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