Rat problem lands nursing home on watch list
Recently, Citrus Gardens, a 120-bed facility was placed on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Special Focus Facility watch list. In 2013, inspections by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) cited Citrus Gardens, a 120-bed nursing home in Fort Myers, Florida, was cited for rat infestation and other safety conditions. The state agency levied a $20,000 fine in response to safety violations, which included rats wandering in its kitchens and contaminating food in storage areas
One trap caught a rat that was the “the size of a raccoon,” according to an AHCA report cited in an article. When questioned by the state surveyors, the administrator appeared to lack understanding of the possibility of cross-contamination and health hazards it represents.
The watch list was created for facilities with serious deficiencies. Inspections are held more frequently and listed facilities are given an opportunity to address and remedy their problems or risk termination from the Medicare/Medicaid system.
Sandra Hoban was on I Advance Senior Care / Long-Term Living’s editorial staff for 17 years. She is one of the country’s longest-serving senior care journalists. Before joining Long-Term Living, she was a member of the promotions department at Advanstar Communications. In addition to her editorial experience, Sandi has served past roles in print and broadcast advertising as a traffic and talent coordinator.
Topics: Facility management , Operations