The Berkshire Eagle investigated Sweet Brook Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Williamstown, Ma. The troubled nursing home may have its license to operate revoked following a new federal report detailing how staff failed to prevent multiple incidents of physical and sexual abuse among residents with cognitive impairments.
In February, the nursing home was added to the federal government’s list (Special Focus Facility) of the worst-performing facilities in the country. The addition to the list meant Sweet Brook was in “immediate jeopardy” of losing funding.
The federal report details multiple incidents of alleged abuse between December 2018 and February, according to the Eagle, including a Feb. 7 incident where a resident reportedly held the hand of a “severely cognitively impaired” resident over their exposed genitals, forcing the person to sexually gratify them. That incident and several others occurred in a day room referred to as “the man cave,” the Eagle reported.
The report showed “no documentation” that the facility had staff supervise the “man cave” while residents were inside, according to the newspaper. Neither party had the mental capacity to consent, a social worker said.
Reports of other incidents reported at the home can be found on the CMS website. One incident report details a resident being left to sit in a soiled adult undergarment for long periods of time.
According to Medicare, the nursing home has faced two fines in the past three years including a $288,267 fine on Sept. 11, 2017 and a $5,355 fine on April 11, 2017.