Tracking nursing homes on federal watch list

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Their stories are enough to keep you up at night. Amerriel Cegers trusted a nursing home with her mother’s care, as did Patricia Slomski. They’re two women with horror stories from two separate nursing homes in West Michigan.

“They promised they would take care of my mom, and they would do what was best,” Cegers said when she spoke with Target 8 in 2011. “They promised us that and they didn’t do it. They did not do it.”

Slomski, who spoke with Target 8 in 2012, said she was left with a tremendous amount of guilt after her mother’s death.

“Her death is a tragedy and it’s a horror show for me, personally,” she said.

The nursing homes at which both Cegers’ and Slomski’s mothers lived landed on the Special Focus Facilities List, a federal watch list that Target 8 has been tracking for the last two years.

Alicia Cegers lived at Borgess Gardens near Kalamazoo. Target 8 pulled state inspection records on the home back in November 2011 and discovered Cegers died when her breathing tube got caught around a bed rail and dislodged, and there wasn’t enough staff around to help her. She suffocated.

Target 8 also investigated the death of Slomski’s mother, Doris Robbins, at the Laurels of Sandy Creek in Wayland.

A state report said Robbins showed medical distress, and while nurses ordered some procedures, no one ever called the doctor in charge, and Robbins died.

Despite Robbins’ written wish to be kept alive, the state discovered nurses never performed CPR or called an ambulance.

Target 8 discovered both nursing homes have improved enough to get off the federal watch list.

Representatives from the nursing homes wouldn’t comment on camera. However, since being put on the watch list, Borgess Gardens told Target 8 it has hired more staff, including more registered nurses.

It also added a skills competency lab where new employees have to demonstrate they know how to perform their job functions. Also, staff members have daily meetings to go over safety concerns and improvements.

In April, Angel Brummette, the administrator for Laurels of Sandy Creek, emailed Target 8 the following statement:

“The Laurels of Sandy Creek employs around 110 caring individuals who continue to provide the highest quality of care to our guests. We will continue to ensure that our standards for care provide excellence in all areas of service for our guests. The Mission at The Laurels of Sandy Creek is and always will be To Exceed the Expectations of Those We Serve. We will continue to support our local Wayland and surrounding communities uniting to provide quality services.”

On Tuesday, Brummette sent Target 8 an updated statement. It can be read here.

On the web: Nursing Home Compare

Special Focus Facilities List


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