The Lexington Herald-Leader had an article about a Richmond nursing home facing allegations of abuse has been added to a list of nursing facilities requiring federal oversight.   The federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added Richmond Health and Rehabilitation Center to its "Special Focus Facilities" list in April.

The Richmond Register reports the facility also known as Madison Manor is considered "Class A," meaning it is newly added and pending a standard survey by federal inspectors.  The "Special Focus Facilities" list highlights facilities that either have more problems than most nursing homes, more serious problems than most other homes or a pattern of serious problems over a long period of time, according to the department.

The Kentucky attorney general’s office is investigating allegations of abuse at the facility after the family of the late Armeda Thomas, 84, hid a video camera in her room in September to document employees’ behavior.   That recording led to criminal charges against several former employees of the facility. Former nurse’s aide Jaclyn Dawn VanWinkle pleaded guilty last month to reckless abuse or neglect of an adult and received a probated 12-month jail sentence in exchange for assisting prosecutors with their case. She was seen on the video dancing in front of Thomas in her room.

Amanda Sallee of Richmond was charged with wanton abuse and neglect of an adult for allegedly eating Thomas’ meals instead of offering them to her or offering to help feed her.

Valerie Lamb of Berea was charged with reckless abuse and neglect of an adult for allegedly lifting Thomas by her neck and lifting her legs higher than necessary when performing incontinent changes, her misdemeanor indictment says.

 

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