- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

MADRID, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa nursing home faces federal fines of at least $64,000 for problems found during inspections.

State inspection reports suggest many of the issues stem from staffing shortages at the Madrid Home for the Aging, the Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/1vOJLoR ). A lawyer for the nursing home denied the allegations and said the owners are appealing.

“Madrid Home strongly disagrees with the findings made by the Department of Inspections and Appeals,” attorney Kendall Watkins said in an emailed statement. “We have filed an appeal and have requested a hearing to dispute the findings. Many of the findings are incorrect, incomplete, taken out of context and do not represent the full story regarding the care provided to its residents.”

Department spokesman David Werning said the facility was hit with an unusually strong punishment because inspectors had found similar problems there within the past year.

In August, the home was sued by Kris Gerhard, who said she found her 74-year-old mother naked and soiled on the floor of an unfinished room. Her mother has since died.

Inspectors said they couldn’t find evidence to support Gerhard’s claims, but they found numerous other problems in August and September.

They said there were few activities for residents and staff members often took up to an hour to respond to resident requests. Inspectors also said that when they purposely set off alarms by opening doors to stairwells, staff members silenced them without checking out the situation.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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