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Nursing home corrects state inspection violations
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DARLINGTON—Lafayette Manor received several state violations from the annual inspection completed last month.
Lafayette Manor Administrator Catherine Krentz said the state inspectors were at the facility April 23-26 for the initial inspection and on April 30 for a follow-up visit. She said she hasn’t yet received the documentation from the inspection detailing all of the violations, but when she does it is a public document that anybody can stop by Lafayette Manor to read.
The manor’s director of nursing, Theresa Wiegman said there were 10-15 violations reported by the state.
“Some of them we are disputing,” Wiegman said. “There were some cases where what they thought they found wasn’t always the case.”
Wiegman said the state evaluations show what the staff needs to work on. Some of the violations were very particular to specific residents. Others concerned paperwork issues, medicine errors, resident falls and an alarm bracelet that was on a wheel chair instead of on the resident.
“We’re definitely appealing some of the violations,” Krentz said. “We’re fighting a few that were more serious. There were some nit-picky things they told us about. There were a lot of little things they honed in on.”
Wiegman said the facility did better than last year when they had two immediate jeopardy violations; they had none of that type this year.
“Immediately following the state inspection we had a staff inservice,” Wiegman said. “We have addressed every issue and have corrections in place.”
David Halloran, nursing committee chairman for the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors, said he knew of the violations, but he didn’t know any details.
“As far as the committee is concerned, we don’t micro-manage the departments, but we are kept aware of the situations by the department heads,” Halloran said.
Krentz said the citations won’t be issued for several months.
“One of the surveyors, when they left, was very positive,” Wiegman said. “They noticed that lots of improvements have been made. It was encouraging to the nursing department.”