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Tue Feb 15, 2022, 11:52 AM

State threatens to take over NJ nursing home where bodies were stacked

The state of New Jersey has suspended new admissions at a nursing home where 17 bodies were found stacked in a morgue in 2020, citing the results of recent inspections in which staff members allegedly failed to do CPR or call 911 for unresponsive patients or provide lifesaving medicine for Covid patients.

According to state officials, 16 residents at the facility have died from Covid since September.

On Thursday, the facility, once known as Andover Subacute II but now known as Woodland Behavioral Health, was given 72 hours to respond to the report and address allegations of shortcomings or the state would revoke its license. The facility has now responded, a spokesperson for the state said, and the state is reviewing its response. As of Monday, the facility’s license had not been revoked.

According to state inspectors:

Staff members failed to do CPR or call 911 for two residents who were found unresponsive, one of whom was 55 years old. Both residents died.
A doctor ordered immediate monoclonal antibodies for a resident who had Covid, but although the facility got the drugs, the lifesaving medicine was never given to the resident, who later died.


These guys again. And it gets worse. Why the license is not revoked is beyond me.

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Tue Feb 15, 2022, 12:31 PM

1. What a nightmare for those poor residents living there

I can remember attending a showing of a facility when my grandparents were at the stage of life a senior/nursing home facility was needed. A very nice lady showed us what they wanted us to see and introduced us to staff and residents they wanted us to meet. It all looked pleasant enough. It was an incomplete picture for sure.

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Tue Feb 15, 2022, 01:52 PM

2. Jesus Pete!

Negligent homicide for sure.

I believe there are just not enough facilities, and certainly not enough qualified staff. When we had to move our parents to an assisted living facility, they were required to sell nearly everything they owned, and couldn't have much money in the bank, to be able to qualify. We never could have afforded it. The place they went to was fairly nice. It was new, and they had their own little kitchens and bathrooms. Staff seemed to be diligent and caring. My Mom (who would have been 91 years old today, btw), was thrilled she was able to keep her cat. She loved the big birdcages of zebra finches in the common room too. My Dad died just a few months after he moved there, I think as much from homesickness, as the cancer.

On the other hand, I went with a friend to pick up her Mom's things after she died in a regular nursing home. It was a horrible, depressing as hell, place. But it was all she was able to get her Mom into quickly. Seems there's always a waiting list for even low quality places.

There's a lot of forgotten people in these facilities. Over-worked staff, or jaded ones that just don't care, along with any remaining family that don't check on them, so they don't recognize the conditions.

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