Background Information on Verrazano Nursing Home
Located at 100 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301, in northern Staten Island, Verrazano Nursing Home is a for-profit facility that provides 120 beds. The facility has received an overall rating of one out of five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for staffing. A summary of recent inspections and the resulting citations are summarized below.
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Inspection Reports at Verrazano Nursing Home
Complaint Inspection dated 2/14/2019
During this inspection, the surveyor found that the facility failed to ensure that all of its staff was properly licensed. One Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) had had a New York State Department of Health Certification, but had failed to renew it once it had expired. The CNA continued to work at the facility for another three (3) years until the facility discovered that she had never obtained her recertification. After she was sent home for being uncertified, the CNA notified the facility that she had passed the CNA exam but that it would take several weeks for her name to appear on the registry. However, it was later found that the CNA had not passed the exam and she was again suspended.
After this incident, the facility implemented new policies and procedures to ensure that all of its staff kept up to date certifications.
Complaint Inspection dated 2/13/2019
The surveyor on this date found that several residents were not treated with dignity and respect. A certain CNA was found to have dressed Resident #1 in clothes that were not hers; when she protested, the CNA told her to shut up. Resident #1’s family complained and the clothes were found to be Resident #1’s roommate’s clothes. In addition, Resident #2 stated that the same CNA did not speak a word to her during morning care, threw her hairbrush on her bed, did not help ambulate her in her wheelchair, and dressed her in clothes that she did not like. Although Resident #2 is quite self-sufficient, the surveyor found that she was not treated with respect or dignity. Finally, an incident occurred involving Resident #3 who was found uncovered on her bed, yelling for help. A Licensed Practical Nurse responded to her calls and quickly covered her. Resident #3 stated that the CNA had been rough with her so she had told her to cut it out, after which the CNA became angry and went to change Resident #3’s roommate’s diaper while Resident #3 was not covered by any blankets on her bed. Resident #3 stated that the CNA had given her the finger in response to her requests for help.
According to the complaint inspection, the CNA has been removed from caring for those three residents and she is being monitored by the night shift nurses and supervisors.
Health Inspection dated 12/11/2018
In a health inspection conducted on this date, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that the facility did not dispose of garbage properly. The dumpster used by the facility was found to have a broken and there was no cover for one side. Garbage bags were also placed on the ground next to the building wall behind the dumpster.
More concerningly, the surveyor noted that a LPN was observed to change gloves without washing her hands, as is policy to prevent infection. The LPN washed her hands before donned gloves to clean a wound that was soiled with feces. After she cleaned the area with saline, she changed her gloves but did not wash her hands before putting on new gloves. The LPN applied the medication to the wound, removed her gloves, then put on another pair of gloves without washing her hands again.
In addition, it was noted that residents were not provided with hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes prior to eating their meals. The Director of Nursing stated that it was the CNA’s responsibility to hand out sanitizing towelettes to all residents prior to meals, although this did not occur on this particular date.
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While the facility has been cited for these deficiencies, it is important to note that residents are responsible for protecting their own rights. If you or a loved one has experienced neglectful treatment at Verrazano Nursing Home, please don’t hesitate to contact an attorney at Senior Justice Law Firm today by calling 646-969-5855.
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*The above does not mean your loved one would be in harm at this facility. Each facility gets inspected often. Almost all facilities have deficiencies. Many face civil lawsuits. You should not make a facility placement decision based solely on the above information. Each case is different. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome or indicate an expected outcome on your particular case. The above prior lawsuit information is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney. This individual case information above is publicly filed information gathered from the publicly filed complaint. This information and these cases are not the work of this law firm. The inspection results are provided from public government agency surveys. The state Department of Health conducts a survey of all nursing home facilities at least once every 15 months. The deficiencies listed on this page may have been corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. Citations, ratings and deficiencies are current as of the date of this post and will change later on. The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information at medicare.gov. This material is not endorsed by the facility or by any governmental agency. Speak with an attorney immediately if you believe you have a viable case against a nursing home, assisted living facility or medical facility.