December 16, 2011
Uihlein Living Center nursing home of Lake Placid, New York was fined $20,150 for “noncompliance that constituted immediate jeopardy to resident health and/or safety.”
The nursing home abuse involved a licensed practical nurse who refused to suction out a resident’s tracheostomy which would have helped him breathe better. The nurse also would not let him call his mother. The resident eventually got a hold of his mother via Facebook. The mother then reported the incident to the nursing supervisor.
The supervisor did assist the man with his tracheostomy care but allowed the LPN to continue working and did not document and immediately report the incident.
Additionally, inspectors cited the nursing home for not doing a thorough investigation of a complaint by the same man that a nurse removed his Passy-Muir valve which caused him to not be able to speak. The facility was also cited for not properly investigating facial lacerations and bruises on another resident.
A spokesperson for the nursing home says that the fine has been paid and a corrective action plan was implemented to fix the problems.
A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family if nursing home abuse or neglect becomes an issue in your lives.