Covington Care & Rehabilitation Center set to close Aug 1st


STEVE ALLENDER. VOTERS ARE ALSO CHOOSING CITY COUNCIL LEADERS FOR ALL FIVE OF THE CITY’S WARDS. THE POLLS ARE OPEN UNTIL 7, AS THE RESULTS COME IN TONIGHT, WE’LL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON KELOLAND DOT COM. ANOTHER NURSING HOME IN SOUTH DAKOTA WILL BE CLOSING ITS DOORS. KELOLAND INVESTIGATES HAS LEARNED THAT COVINGTON CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER IN SIOUX FALLS HAS NOTIFIED THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IT’LL BE CLOSING AUGUST 1ST. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 62 RESIDENTS AT THE NURSING HOME; A FACILITY THAT’S BEEN CITED FOR NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS AND HAS BEEN UNDER THE MICROSCOPE FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES HAS MADE PUBLIC A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIST OF HUNDREDS OF UNDER- PERFORMING NURSING HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ONE OF THEM IS COVINGTON CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER – IN SOUTHWEST SIOUX FALLS. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, MOST NURSING HOMES HAVE SOME DEFICIENCIES WITH THE AVERAGE BEING AROUND SIX OR SEVEN PER SURVEY AND CORRECT THEIR PROBLEMS WITHIN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME. HOWEVER, CMS HAS FOUND MORE THAN A FEW WITH MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAN MOST. KELOLAND INVESTIGATES OBTAINED A COPY OF COVINGTON’S HEALTH INSPECTION REPORT FROM NOVEMBER 2018. IT’S ALMOST 300 PAGES LONG AND FOUND NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS. FOR INSTANCE, THE MEDIATION ROOM CONTAINING A WHEELCHAIR SCALE AND VENDING MACHINES HAD A LIGHT FIXTURE WITH A LARGE AMOUNT OF DEAD BUGS IN IT. THE EQUIPMENT STORAGE ROOM HAD A LARGE AMOUNT OF DUST AND WHITE CRUSTY RESIDE ON TOP OF THE CART. AND A SHELF CONTAINING POLAR PACKS, NEBULIZERS AND TUBE FEEDING MACHINES HAD A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF DUST. CMS HAS IDENTIFIED COVINGTON CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER AS ONE OF ITS SPECIAL FOCUS FACILITIES. CMS SAYS THE LONGER THE PROBLEMS PERSIST, THE MORE STRINGENT IT’LL BE IN ENFORCING CORRECTIVE ACTIONS; LIKE FINES OR EVEN TERMINATION FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PROGRAMS AND IF THAT HAPPENS, CMS SAYS THAT USUALLY MEANS THE FACILITY WILL HAVE TO CLOSE. KELOLAND INVESTIGATES HAS REACHED OUT TO BOTH THE SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND COVINGTON CARE AND REHABILITATION FOR COMMENT, WE DIDN’T HEAR BACK FROM COVINGTON, BUT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT GAVE US A STATEMENT. YOU CAN READ IT UNDER THIS STORY AT KELOLAND.COM SIOUX FALLS POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO MEN WHO

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