NAMPA, Idaho — A Nampa nursing home is under fire after a state investigation found residents were being mistreated.
An Idaho Health and Welfare Department report cited the Holly Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center for widespread problems that investigators say threaten the health and safety of residents and for failure to protect them from abuse and negligence, The Idaho Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/2dl6F8B).
Residents were left to sit in their own waste, sometimes for hours, and one resident stopped eating in protest, according to the report. Inspectors reported that after their July 11 visit that eight residents were in jeopardy of immediate serious harm. Some violations include a lack of sufficient around-the-clock nursing staff and a failure to protect residents.
“One resident in the group stated that if they re-activated their call light ‘too much’ it was taken away from them. … Other residents in the group reported their call lights were often placed out of reach, prompting them to call out when they needed assistance,” the report said.
Holly Lane filed a compliance plan with Health and Welfare 12 days later. When inspectors returned on Aug. 2, those residents were no longer in immediate jeopardy.
Mikki Meer, chief operating officer with Holly Lane’s parent company Orianna Health Systems, of Bartlett, Tennessee, said they take the allegations very seriously.
“We don’t necessarily agree with all of the allegations,” Meer said.
The Health and Welfare Department banned Holly Lane from taking new Medicare and Medicaid patients starting in July. Holly Lane takes Medicaid, Medicare, privately insured and out-of-pocket patients.
Holly Lane has until Jan. 18 to prove it has corrected all its problems until the state will recommend that Medicaid and Medicare permanently ban the facility.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com