Maine Nursing Home Vows to Correct Deficiencies Including Surety Bond

November 22, 2006

The administrator of a Canton nursing home said a plan to address “serious deficiencies” cited by state overseers has been submitted to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

The filing follows an inspection last month of the Victorian Villa Rehabilitation and Living Center, which has 47 skilled nursing beds and 67 assisted living beds.

Citations included a finding of “immediate jeopardy to the residents’ health and safety,” according to an Oct. 30 letter from Louis T. Dorogi, an assistant director with the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services at the state Department of Health and Human Services to Victorian Villa administrator Mark Jacobs.

That finding was linked to concerns over the functioning of security doors, according to the Sun Journal newspaper of Lewiston.

According to the report, which cites nursing home records, between Aug. 16 and Oct. 25 there were seven residents who left the building.

“That was the sledgehammer and because of that they really lowered the boom in some other areas,” Jacobs said.

There were 11 other deficiencies found in the DHHS report including a problem with the center’s finances.

“Based on reviews of resident fund accounts, review of the surety bond and interview, the facility failed to ensure the surety bond amount covered the full amount of residents’ funds maintained by the facility in resident accounts for three of nine months,” the report states.

The facility has hired a consultant and last Friday filed a response to a 68-page report by DHHS.

“Our plan of correction was completed today, faxed and sent by certified mail to the department,” Jacobs told the newspaper.

Jacobs said he expected the state to do another inspection and that the facility would be found in compliance with health and safety regulations.

“We’ve got our plan of correction going in and in a few weeks we expect to get a clean bill of health from the state when they do their follow-up,” Jacobs said.

Topics Senior Care Maine

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