A Hyattsville nursing home will continue to be closely monitored by the Maryland health department after a recent inspection found ongoing problems there, including failure to properly care for residents, to maintain a safe facility and to relay crucial medical information to doctors.
State inspectors, however, will not recommend to the federal government that Carroll Manor Nursing Home lose its Medicare certification because it has corrected its most severe deficiencies, health officials said.
In August the state imposed a ban on admissions after an inspection found "life-threatening" violations, including faulty medical reporting that may have led to the deaths of two elderly men. Additionally, the home, which is owned by the Catholic Church, was found to be unsanitary and patients were underfed. Of the 215 residents there, 60 percent receive Medicare or Medicaid funds, while the rest have private insurance to pay for their stay in the home.
"The good news is they are on the right track and we were able to recognize major improvements . . . but they are not off the hook yet," said Carol Benner, acting director of licensing and certification for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "They still have some nursing problems and quality-of-care problems that are significant enough" to warrant continuing monitoring.
During a reinspection in October, state health officials found that nurses failed to tell doctors about changes in residents' conditions and to carry out doctors' orders.
Carroll Manor's trustees have dismissed the Carmelite nuns who managed the home. It is now administered by Holy Cross Care Services, whose parent company owns Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.