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Hermitage House fined $2,000 in death of patient

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - An assisted living home in Wilmington has been fined $2,000 for not taking a patient who fell to the doctor. Authorities say the patient suffered a broken neck and died several days later.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the state Division of Health Services Regulation found the Hermitage House resident fell on April 29 and had bruises on the face the next day. The patient slid out of bed on April 30 or May 1, but wasn't taken to the doctor until May 2. The emergency room physician found the patient had a broken neck. The patient died a few days later.

A spokesman for Meridian Senior Living which operates Hermitage House says the fine doesn't indicate a serious problem, but workers should have gotten the patient help sooner.

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WORKER AT HERMITAGE HOUSE

I CURRENTLY WORK AT HERMITAGE HOUSE AS AT A FEW OTHER NURSING HOMES IN THE PAST. YOU ARE CORRECT IN SAYING THEY MAY NOT GET THE CARE AS THEY WOULD AT HOME BUT REMEMBER WE WORK WITH THESE PATIENTS DAY IN AND DAY OUT. WE ARE THEIR TOTAL CARE GIVERS. WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE CLEANING UP ALL THE BAD ALONG WITH THE GOOD. I KNOW THERE ARE SOME EMPLOYEES WHO ARE NOT GOOD WORKERS BUT BEING THERE I DO SEE SO MANY WHO ARE CARING AND LOVING TO THE RESIDENTS. NO PLACE IS PERFECT, NO EMPLOYEE IS PERFECT. IM SURE HERMITAGE HOUSE STRIVES FOR PERFECTION BUT AS WE ALL KNOW THIS IS AN EXPECTION THAT CANT BE MET. IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF FAMILY MEMBERS CARED MORE AND VISITED MORE OFTEN AND COMPLAIN LESS. BE THERE FOR YOUR PARENT, ASK QUESTIONS AND DONT JUST LEAVE IT UP TO A STRANGER TO DO ALL THE WORK. WOULD YOU LEAVE YOUR INFANT IN TOTAL CARE OF A STRANGER WITHOUT BEING INVOLVED? I THINK NOT, SO WHY LEAVE YOUR FAMILY MEMEBER IN THAT SAME CONDITION. WORKING AT HERMITAGE HOUSE IF FULFILLING TO ME, I LOVE THE RESIDENTS AND I ALWAYS TRY TO PUT MYSELF IN THEIR PLACE BUT IT IS A VERY HARD JOB. UNLESS YOU HAVE WORKED AS A CNA THEN YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW DIFFICULT IT IS.

You are so right. My father

You are so right. My father is in a facility and I understand what you are saying. I wish everyone was as caring as you and yes a CNA has a very hard, demanding job. God bless you.

Caregivers Face Little Screening (Star News April 2, 2006)

Hermitage House has been front page news before. An article dated April 2, 2006 in the Star News, "Caregivers Face Little Screening" (by Cheryl Welch) was about an employee that had a violent criminal record and current violent criminal convictions. The article referred to a comment by the facility representative, "...was a respected employee...and gave no signs that he wasn't an ideal worker."

The current laws only prevent facilities from hiring healthcare workers that have previously been convicted of "patient abuse." Otherwise, hiring practices are dependent on individual policies of the facility. If you have a loved one who requires professional healthcare, do your homework and ask all the right questions.

IF ALL OF YOU PEOPLE ARE

IF ALL OF YOU PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LEVEL OF CARE YOUR LOVED ONE RECIEVES AT A NURSING HOME, WHY DON'T YOU KEEP THEM AT HOME AND CARE FOR THEM YOUR SELVES? THEN THE BURDEN OF WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM WOULD BE ON YOU.

SO Very Happy

So very happy you think we just pawn our loved ones off to a home. I cared for my parent from age 7 to age 27. From the age of 18 I was told by the state I couldnt live with her or she would loose her HUD and foodstamps ( i was in school ) so i moved out and the state provided me with in home care 4-6 hours a week. Right before my 27th birthday it was determined she could no longer be alone at any time.
SO Im sorry that I couldnt quit my job and care for her full time ( I live along and have noone else to help with bills ) Now the state would pay me to keep her full time, but that would only cover half of my basic bills. So tell me how Im one who gave up???
I work 40+ hours and get her two night a week, I also have an inhome charity program to help others like her and their families.. Please tell me how we are horrible.

I worked at hermitage house

I worked at hermitage house and needless to say it wasn't for long. As a worker we never had the proper materials to work with and we were as always working short staffed. Sometimes there was just one cna on the hall caring for at the least 20 patients. This place was horrible and i never seen anything like it. I felt bad for the patients. I often brought stuff from home just so i could do my job properly. The new ownership only made it worse by cutting the staff back even more to save money but i don't see where it went because it wasn't to the residents or the facility. There were many times the trash wasn't collected due to the bill not getting paid. I say close it down.

My Mother Died in 2008 at Hermitage House from a Broken Leg!

I find it amazing that this is not being considered a serious problem. My mother was a resident at Hermitage House in 2008. She suffered a fall from her wheel chair and was found outside at 1 am by the kitchen help. No one at the time considered that to be a problem. She was taken to the ER and died the same night. A fracture to her thigh. What angers me is she was alone at such an hour and no one could hear my mom screaming for help. We do not know how long she lied their before she was found by not a nurse or CNA but a cook!! Maybe if they had been fined then this incident would be considered more seriously. How many others have gone unnoticed because the state doesn't think this is a problem! Our loved ones are dead and those who work at Hermitage House had a nice Christmas with their family members. While we still mourn for ours! Loving memory of Delores L. Davis June 2, 1946- July 26, 2008.

Hey, wasn't your mom the one

Hey, wasn't your mom the one that was paralyzed from the waste down? If so it wasn't the falling out of her wheelchair, could have been the fact that she quit taking her heart meds. We found all kinds of them in her room when we were cleaning her room after the fact.

I knew Delores, she was a

I knew Delores, she was a sweetheart.

Incredible Arrogance

The responses of both the Hermitage House operators and the Division of Health Services are disturbing. Someone DIES due to neglect and bad decisions and they get a simple fine and the company says the small fine indicates there is no serious problem? Really?

The regard for human life continues the decline. I wonder what the responses would have been if it had been a relative of Meridian Senior Living or the Division of Health Services who died.

Please don't send loved ones to a Nursing Home!!!

Now WE KNOW why our senior adults DO NOT want to go to a Home!!!

Sure, there are facilities whose names IMPLY "Personal Care" or "Independent Living", but they are just collecting BIG BUCKS for LOUSY CARE!!!!!

G!!! When are these "JOINTS" going to be held accountable and serve humanity with COMPASSION???

Before Mom or Dad enters the "home", be sure to ask, DOES this Facility HIRE and PAY for Master Level Gerontologists who can OVERSEE the brain dead workers who don't know common sense medical care procedures or UNDERSTAND holistic health regarding senior care???????

DHHS Sebelius should shut these places DOWN, but she is too busy... NOT being busy with Obamacare's lousy, stinky website. She is busy just collecting a whopping big Federal Christmas bonus, for her level of total incompetence.

Unrealistic expectations

Could you please name just ONE facility which "HIREs and PAYs for Master Level Gerontologists"??