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Elderly Resident Allegedly Physically Abused at Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hopeland Township, New Jersey

Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hopeland Township, New Jersey has come under fire for alleged abuse after a nursing home aide gave an 84-year-old resident a “simulated lap dance,” leaving him embarrassed and humiliated.

While at the facility from late January to mid-February 2018, the elderly resident was allegedly also malnourished, suffered bedsores, lost weight, and endured sepsis. On March 2, 2018, approximately one month after leaving the facility for a hospital, the former resident died. The family of the former  resident is now filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, reports NBC News. The lawsuit alleges that nursing home staff failed to prevent and treat injuries, obey physician orders, and provide sufficient food and hydration.

The former resident at the center of his case allegedly suffered from bedsores while at Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Bedsores are a telltale sign of nursing home abuse because they indicate that staff are not sufficiently re-orienting and adjusting patients’ body position on the bed. For more information about bedsores, please see our article “Bedsores: A Telltale Sign of Nursing Home Abuse.”

According to publicly-available nursing home inspection reports, this is not the first instance of potential nursing home abuse or neglect documented at Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 196-bed facility owned by a for-profit corporation, Cumberland Operations LLC.. Cumberland County owned the facility for 60 years—until 2012, when the facility was sold to a private corporation. 

According to an inspection report from December 11, 2018, government inspectors found certain deficiencies at Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. During a pressure ulcer (bedsore) review, government inspectors found that Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to follow physician orders and apply heel protectors to protect residents’ feet from pressure ulcers while in bed. Although staff had signed that heel protectors were in place, government inspectors did not observe the heel protectors in use. A staff member was also observed touched her face and then serving food without washing her hands or applying hand sanitizer. In the kitchen, government inspectors observed undated (and sometimes unidentified) frozen food items in the freezer, as well as stained mugs on the “clean” dish rack. Buckets of sanitizing liquid were stored in the kitchen instead of the chemical storage room

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A second, earlier inspection report points to a pattern of deficiencies. According to a December 6, 2016 inspection report, Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to ensure that a licensed pharmacist reviewed each resident’s medication on a monthly basis. As a result, in one alleged  instance, Questran was still being administered along with Lasix although it had been documented that Questran could affect the absorption of Lasix. Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also allegedly failed to maintain proper infection control; the report alleges that a medication nurse did not wash her hands or use hand sanitizer between administering medications.

If your loved one is a current or former resident of Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and you have concerns about nursing home abuse or neglect, don’t hesitate to contact a nursing home abuse attorney. Call (877) 238-4175 or email info@fkesq.com for your free case consultation.