LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — State public health officials will approve a new manager at a Litchfield nursing home that was fined $2,000 after state inspections found staff prepared inadequate meals, withheld personal financial information from the residents and called them monkeys.
In a consent order with the Department of Public Health, Fernwood Rest Home will hire a temporary state-approved manager who must provide an assessment of Fernwood's compliance with state regulations and recommend improvements.
The consent order, which was first reported by Connecticut Health Investigative Team, said meals sometimes consisted only of eggs, cereal, peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, leftovers and donuts. Residents told inspectors they went hungry.
The state also said administration staff told residents they have to "go shopping to feed the monkeys" and placed a chain across the dining room to "keep the monkeys out" while staff members prepared a "gourmet breakfast" for themselves.
The manager of Fernwood did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Interviews found that staff members did not have lists of special dietary needs, including for diabetic residents, the state said. In addition, staff members said they had not received training related to residents' special diets.
And residents complained that their mail has been opened, they did not receive quarterly statements and were asked to sign blank receipts for personal items purchased on their behalf by staff and did not receive receipts.