A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) has been charged with reckless manslaughter in the death of an elderly resident at Waterview Nursing Home in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.
The nursing assistant, 46-year-old Monique Beaucejour, allegedly failed to call emergency services after an elderly resident fell and injured herself. According to NorthJersey.com, the nursing assistant was washing the resident and changing her clothes when the elderly woman fell from her bed. The nursing assistant saw she had a head injury but did not seek help. She instead allegedly decided to put the resident back in bed and return 30 minutes later, pretending that she had just found her injured. She also allegedly flipped over a wheelchair and put the TV on the ground.
The 85-year-old resident suffered “three deep cuts to her head, a broken neck and a fractured skull with a brain bleed, according to an affidavit of probable cause,” per the reporting of NorthJersey.com.
The CNA allegedly blamed another resident of the Waterview Nursing Home for the injuries, and the incident was initially investigated as a resident-on-resident assault. The CNA has since been terminated from her position with Waterview. In addition to the reckless manslaughter charge, she was also charged with hindering, obstruction, and neglect of the elderly.
Genesis Healthcare, Inc. operates in 29 states and owns The Waterview Center. According to its website, Genesis operates around 400 facilities in 29 states and has 70,000 employees. This is not the first time that Genesis has found themselves embroiled in controversy. In 2017, they paid $54 million to settle six lawsuits related to Medicare fraud and complaints about poor nursing care that, for the most part, occurred at their subsidiaries before they acquired them.
In an inspection report dated November 14, 2018, New Jersey health inspectors cited The Waterview Center for 8 violations. The average New Jersey nursing home has half that many violations, at 4.1. In one instance, a cognitively-impaired resident’s weight dropped by 16 pounds in one month. In another incident, staff members did not inform the doctor that a patient was refusing to have a wound dressing changed, so the dressing was not changed for four days. An inspector also found loose pills on a medication cart; a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was unable to identify the medications.
Waterview Nursing Home has been rated “much below average” and is one of just nine New Jersey nursing homes with this rating. These facilities are at risk of being designated as “Special Focus” facilities, the worst designation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). New Grove Manor in East Orange, New Jersey and Riverfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey are both Special Focus facilities. The Wanaque Center, where 11 medically fragile children died after an adenovirus outbreak in 2017, is on the “at-risk” list
If you have questions about Waterview Nursing Home, are concerned about nursing home abuse or neglect, or have questions about Special Focus Facilities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to an attorney. Call (877) 238-4175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.