The investigation of Golden Glades that began last week is taking place just after the home was credited with correcting problems identified following three complaints that were investigated only a month ago.
In one complaint, a child with a host of medical conditions and disabilities was sent by ambulance to a hospital for emergency treatment. Though the home is required to alert the child’s parents or guardians, it failed to do so, records show.
In another case, the agency concluded the nursing home staff failed to investigate how a resident broke a bone, as the law requires.
And in late June, the home was faulted for failing to adequately staff the children’s wing.
During a visit, inspectors found 17 children being cared for by only one staff member during “activities.” A report said a girl was repeatedly hitting herself on the head. The one staff member was trying to protect the girl “while other residents were calling her for assistance.”
Dr. Gwen Wurm, an Our Kids board member who runs the medical foster care program for Jackson Health Systems, joined Wilkins on Wednesday’s tour, and, although she believes parents should be able to choose where their severely disabled kids receive care, she favors removing children from institutions as much as possible.
All children in nursing homes, Wurm said, should have both an attorney and an “advocate” whose job it is to look for ways to return the child to a home or community setting whenever possible.
“The vast majority of children with severe disabilities can be cared for in a home environment with appropriate services in place,” Wurm said.