Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. Attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. was recently quoted in a Standard Speaker article regarding a Kingston, PA nursing home’s negligence and pattern of abuse. You can read the full article here.
The article discusses the various allegations of negligence and abuse residents at the Kingston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, previously known as ManorCare Health Services – Kingston, have experienced in the past several years. Health inspectors have issued the nursing home at least 148 deficiency citations from 2019 to 2022. According to the article, the statewide average is 27 deficiencies within that time period. This ties the Kingston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center as the second-worst out of the 667 Pennsylvania nursing homes that received deficiencies during that time period. Additionally, this makes the Kingston facility tied with four other nursing homes for the 14th worst in the nation for the total number of deficiencies.
Instances of negligence and abuse stated in the article include care plans not being shared with staff, resulting in injury, neglecting to monitor and assess a patient’s condition, as well as neglecting to inform their doctor, sexual assault, and failing to accurately assess, treat and report a patient’s pressure ulcers, which were indicated as the patient’s final diagnosis upon her death.
While some attribute the current problems in nursing homes to staffing shortages, Peter discusses in the article that he believes blaming these issues on staffing shortages is a copout. The article quotes Peter saying, “That’s nonsense. Every facility knows before it opens the number of staff it needs. If they don’t have the numbers and they don’t have the quality, they shouldn’t be operating.” He continues, “Facilities might not like the fact that it might not be easy, but they’re the first to say, ‘Pay me, I want my Medicare and I want the patient’s finances.’ If a facility can’t properly staff, they shouldn’t be in operation.”
Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. represents individuals who have experienced neglect or abuse in nursing homes and their loved ones and holds wrongdoers accountable for their actions. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you or someone you loved was harmed in a nursing home.