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3 LOCAL NURSING HOMES ARE FINED BY STATE

The state has imposed a $10,000 fine against Deaconess Skilled Nursing Facility, although it suspended $4,000 of the levy on the condition that the problems be corrected.

The fine resulted from the facility's failing to provide residents with meaningful activities and from inadequate supervision of nurses, the state Health Department said.

Along with Deaconess, the Orchard Park Health Care Center, the Sheridan Manor Nursing Home in the Town of Tonawanda and seven nursing homes elsewhere in the state were fined from $1,000 to $12,000 in the first three months of this year.

The Deaconess inspection occurred in May 1988. Authorities said that the nursing home corrected most of the problems but that a follow-up inspection in March again faulted the nursing home's supervision of nurses.

The investigators criticized Deaconess for not providing residents with activities based on their needs and interests and for not having a qualified activities director.

The state also faulted Deaconess for lack of patient-care plans and for inadequate meals.

Sheridan Manor Nursing Home in the Town of Tonawanda was fined $5,000 for failing to provide patient privacy and failing to provide proper nursing care. The nursing home is now in compliance for the deficiencies found in September 1987.

Orchard Park Health Care Center was fined $2,000 for failing to: provide enough nursing care; guarantee patient privacy, and ensure that patients received the needed help with eating. An August inspection found the home had corrected the May 1988 deficiencies.

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