Yorktown Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has received 24 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on October 14, 2022. The Cortland Manor nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure resident environments are kept as free as possible of accident hazards, and that residents are provided with adequate supervision to prevent accidents. An October 2020 citation found that Yorktown Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a resident whose chair alarm “was not being utilized as per the plan of care,” and for whom the facility did not consistently provide transfer assistance. The resident in question was identified as a fall risk and required two staff for transfer support, according to an interview with a Registered Nurse Unit Manager described in the citation, but was documented in a daily certified nursing assistant assignment listing as requiring support from one staff member. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the revision of the customer’s care plan and medical order.
2. The nursing home failed to provide provide treatment and services adequate to prevent and heal pressure ulcers and bedsores. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires that nursing home facilities ensure that residents who enter without pressure sores do not develop pressure sores unless their condition renders such unavoidable; and that residents with pressure sores receive adequate treatment and services. An October 2020 citation found that Yorktown Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a resident with a pressure ulcer who was “observed several times to be positioned on his back without prescribed adaptive equipment as ordered.” In an interview, a Licensed Practical Nurse “could not explain why [the resident] was in bed, on his back without the wedge cushion or any other pressure relieving device.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of relevant staff.
3. The nursing home did not follow food safety procedures. Section 483.60 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to store, prepare, and distribute food in compliance with professional standards. An October citation found that Yorktown Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that “two kitchen refrigeration units contained expired or undated foods.” It goes on to describe a refrigerator in one kitchen whose internal thermometer showed a reading above the required maximum temperature. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the discarding of expired or undated food in the refrigerators in question.
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