The nursing home where a nursing home nurse and her husband were found dead in December 2016 is being investigated by Delaware’s Department of Health and Human Services.
The agency released a report card on Tuesday, which included information on how the nursing home is dealing with a growing nursing home population and a number of safety and quality issues.
The nursing center, which is owned by a nonprofit organization, is the second in the state to be identified as a potential hazard in recent years, after a nursing center in North Wilmington was shut down after a fire that killed a woman.
In the past two years, at least two nursing homes in Delaware have been shut down by regulators, according to the state’s Department for Health and Developmental Services.
The nursing home that is being examined by the department is in Wilmington.
“We will continue to monitor the nursing homes for safety and ensure the safety and well-being of our residents,” said DHS spokesperson Stephanie Crouch in a statement.
“In light of the recent events, we are taking a thorough and proactive approach to our inspection.”
The report card included several recommendations for the nursing center and the state of Delaware, including a requirement for nursing homes to ensure that residents are being treated in accordance with federal standards and regulations and that all of their facilities meet the safety requirements outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the report card, the agency said the nursing facility is implementing all of the state-required protocols to reduce the number of nursing home residents.
“These protocols include the establishment of a 24-hour crisis response team and the use of a trained nurse, a certified safety and health aide and a qualified social worker,” the report said.
Nursing homes in other states have been able to get through the crisis, with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services providing funding to help states like Delaware and other states recover from nursing home closures.
The report card noted that the nursing centers that are in Delaware, have been operating since 2015.
Crouch also said that state-funded nursing home inspection and testing services are being provided to nursing homes, and that state inspectors have visited the nursing facilities at least seven times since 2015 to conduct the inspections.
“Our state inspection and safety team visits nursing homes are being coordinated with state and local regulators, including the Delaware Department of Public Health, the State of Delaware and the U.S. Department of Labor,” she said in a press release.
“The inspection and enforcement team will continue the ongoing work to improve safety, quality and access to care for Delaware residents.”