The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has flagged more than 50 nursing homes in the Carolinas. The credible allegations range from sexual abuse to a maggot infestation inside a resident’s wound, according to federal inspection records. Maggot infestation should never occur if proper care is being provided.
Nursing Home Compare has a new icon next to nursing homes with a history of abuse or neglect. The warning, a red circle with a hand inside, is part of an effort by the federal government to better alert the public before a loved one is placed in a nursing home.
The rolling alerts, which went into last year, are for facilities cited on inspection reports for one or both of the following:
- abuse that led to harm of a resident within the past year
- abuse that could have potentially led to harm of a resident in each of the last two years
Federal records show that many nursing homes have staffing numbers dropped as facility records show the patient population only decreased slightly. Some nursing homes dispute the figures even though they are based on information created and provided by the facility. They argue the nursing homes fail to report everything accurately.
Inspection records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also showed the following violations across the greater Charlotte area.
- Inspection records from January 2019 identify White Oak Manor in Charlotte for failing to protect two residents from sexual abuse by another resident.
- Inspection records from February 2019 identify Pruitthealth-Rockingham, where a nursing assistant hit a cognitively impaired resident on her face with a closed fist.
- Inspection records from 2018 identify Olde Knox Commons at the Villages of Mecklenburg in Huntersville, where a nursing assistant slapped a cognitively impaired resident and failed to prevent the abuse of two residents.
- Inspection records from 2018 identify Bethany Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Albemarle for failing to supervise a resident who wandered out of the facility.
- Inspection records from 2018 identify Meadowwood Nursing Center, now called The Ivy at Gastonia, for failing to provide incontinence care for eight hours, forcing a resident to lie in urine and feces.
- Inspection records from 2018 identify Alexandria Place in Gastonia for allowing a maggot infestation inside a resident’s wound.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services most recently added an alert to Lancaster Convalescent Center, after citing the facility in February 2019 for failing to ensure a resident was free from sexual abuse by another resident.
- The federal government also recently added an alert to Salisbury Center after a 2019 inspection where “the facility failed to initiate medical treatment and pain relief for a resident that was complaining of hip, ankle, and back pain after falling in her room.” Records show the resident had a fractured ankle and had a break of the tibia and fibula.