Nursing home faces sanctions for clients’ treatment (DOCUMENT)

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 02:58 PM.

The Class 1 finding is considered the more serious violation, according to Carol Gormley, a senior policy adviser for state Senate President Don Gaetz.

“A Class 1 violation is certainly cause for an immediate fine or consequence of some sort,” Gormley said.

The state order places Silvercrest Manor on a “watch list,” and a conditional license issued subjects the facility to inspections every six months.

Al Hudson, a spokesman for Silvercrest Manor issued a statement denying the state’s allegations.

“Silvercrest Manor disputes the cited deficiencies and denies any wrongdoing,” he said. “Silvercrest Manor, through its dedicated associates, continues its mission of providing high quality and compassionate care to its residents.”

Hudson said no staff members have been reprimanded as a result of the state’s findings.

Brian Lee, executive director with the advocacy group Families for Better Care, said Silvercrest Manor will, pending approval of the sanctions, join the one in five Florida nursing homes on the state’s watch list.

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