2002-09-07 / Front Page

State Cites Adult

Homes For Violations
By Gary G. Toms
State Cites Adult Homes For Violations By Gary G. Toms

By Gary G. Toms


Park Inn Home for Adults, located at Beach 115 Street in Rockaway Park, has been cited for numerous violations by the State.Park Inn Home for Adults, located at Beach 115 Street in Rockaway Park, has been cited for numerous violations by the State.

In a continuing effort to ensure that health care facilities are providing quality service throughout the city, the New York State Health Department recently issued a report citing adult homes for serious violations. Of the adult homes cited, two fall within the Rockaway jurisdiction: Seaview Manor Home for Adults (210 Beach 47 Street, in Far Rockaway) and Park Inn Home for Adults (115-02 Ocean Promenade, in Rockaway Park). It was only five weeks ago that a report was released which noted how several area hospitals were not meeting the state requirements regarding residency working hours.

The investigation was part of a multi-agency sweep involving the Department of Health, the State Office of Mental Health (OHM), and the Commission on the Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled (CQC).

"This is a concerted effort to better inform the public of the most recent surveillance history of adult care facilities," said Dr. Antonia C. Novella, Commissioner of the New York State Health Department.

"The adult home surveillance sweeps we are conducting with OHM and CQC will further ensure quality living conditions for residents. Homes cited for violations are required to take immediate steps to ensure that the problems are appropriately addressed and rectified. Those homes that do not comply with State regulations will face enforcement action."


Officials at Seaview Manor Home for Adults would not comment on the State issued report when contacted by The Wave.Officials at Seaview Manor Home for Adults would not comment on the State issued report when contacted by The Wave.

Task force inspectors discovered the following violations:

Park Inn Home For Adults

  1. Failed to ensure that adequate personal care services were available to all residents.
  2. Staff did not adequately observe residents to determine if they were ingesting their medications.
  3. One resident was not provided with a prescribed medication as directed by the physician.
  4. Documentation of the health and mental health care needs of residents was incomplete, creating a potential lapse in service for these residents.
  5. There was evidence that residents were smoking cigarettes in their bedrooms, creating a potential fire hazard.
  6. Numerous items in the resident bedrooms and bathrooms were dirty and required repair or replacement.

Seaview Manor Home for Adults

  1. Failed to ensure that adequate personal care services were available to all residents.
  2. The documentation of medical and mental health evaluations was disorganized and scattered, creating a potential breakdown in the coordination of services for residents.
  3. The electrical box in the elevator room was exposed, creating a potential electrical hazard.
  4. There was evidence that residents were smoking cigarettes in their bedrooms, and facility hallways, creating a potential fire hazard.
  5. Numerous items in the resident bedrooms and bathrooms were dirty and required repair or replacement.
  6. Exhaust fans in two areas of the building were insufficient or inoperable.

The Wave contacted both of the adult care facilities in question for comment on the State’s findings. A representative for the Park Inn Home for Adults informed us that they could not comment and told us to contact the Empire State Association of Adult Homes, a trade association that represents more than 260 adult homes, enriched housing programs and assisted living residents in New York State that are home to over 23,000 residents.

When calls were placed to Seaview Manor Home for Adults, The Wave spoke with someone who claimed to be the Administrator for the home. He was not thrilled about the report or the fact that we called.

"Why are you calling here? What are you trying to do? Why should I even think about answering any of your questions?" he screamed. He slammed down the receiver after his tirade.

Upon contacting the Empire State Association of Adult Homes, The Wave was able to speak with their spokesperson, Mark Amodeo. He was informed of the unprofessional manner displayed by the Seaview Manor administrator and stated that the matter would be looked into.

"I cannot comment on the findings regarding Park Inn Home for Adults because they don’t seem to be affiliated with our association," said Amodeo.

"However, I would be more than happy to issue commentary on the State’s report on Seaview Manor Home for Adults, as they are one of the facilities that are listed with us," he continued.

Amodeo indicated that a written response to the Department of Health’s findings was prepared and submitted on August 29. The response indicated that Seaview believed that it was in compliance with State regulations, and that a number of the findings listed in the report were in error and will be challenged. The statement went on to say that the facility has undertaken measures to make any necessary improvements or will provide the State with its plans to do so.

Amodeo concluded by saying, "The Empire State Association regrets that the State has chosen to release these survey findings without the benefit of first reviewing Seaview Manor’s response."


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