The Vintage Fair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Dale Road in Modesto brought seven long-term residents to two sister nursing homes in San Joaquin County, according to government records, in March. Vintage Faire was unable to inform most of the families and friends of the transfers. At least four of the residents, all women, were diagnosed as severely mentally impaired.
The Vintage Fair Care and Rehabilitation Center, a sister facility of a coronavirus-affected nursing home in Turlock, reports cases of COVID-19 among residents and one patient has died.
In a release on Sunday, Vintage Faire said six residents had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. No information about the patient’s death or occurrence has been published.
“We mourn the loss of relatives with the family of the resident,” said the nursing home. The center is located on the 3600 block of Dale Road in northwest Modesto.
Vintage Faire is owned by Covenant Care from Aliso Viejo, the same company that owns the Turlock care and rehabilitation center in Turlock. At the Turlock Center, the site of the largest and deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Stanislaus County, 101 residents and 55 employees tested positive and 18 patients died.
The administrator of Vintage Faire did not immediately return a call from The Modesto Bee.
According to the notice posted on the facility’s website, all other 99 Fair beds and residents were tested and none of these tests were positive.
Vintage Faire has introduced additional security measures, including monitoring residents for symptoms, screening personnel and medical personnel before entering the facility, and using personal protective equipment.
The announcement indicated that the center of Modesto is still accepting new residents. A separate area is said to be “reserved for new residents, where they can be closely monitored for signs or symptoms of the virus before being assigned to their room.”
Further measures were comprehensive cleaning and hygiene. Vintage Faire said it was working with and following the instructions of the state and local health ministries, as well as those of the federal centers for disease control and prevention.
Long-term care facilities are still prone to coronavirus outbreaks as parts of the economy in Stanislaus County and the rest of the state are reopening.
On Saturday, family members of the English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Modesto were informed of a new case on West Rumble Road by an automated phone call. The message said that after the patient was re-admitted to English Oaks, they tested positive and the person was monitored for symptoms.
Deanna Hill, administrator of English Oaks, said in an email on Monday that the patient was being treated in a remote area with dedicated staff. She cited patient confidentiality rules by not providing additional information about the resident.
Hill’s testimony also reported the death of a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in March. “This resident was a recently admitted person who came to English Oaks with significant health problems,” she said in her email. “The resident showed symptoms shortly after admission, which leads us to believe that this patient was infected before he came to English Oaks.”
Hill said the nursing home adheres to the state and CDC-recommended guidelines and procedures for infectious diseases to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease.
Vintage Fair Nursing and Rehabilitation has an average rating from the Medicare program for comparing nursing homes with a below average rating for health inspections and staff and a well above average rating for quality measures.
Five years ago, the center had a below-average rating of 2 stars and was the focus of several state regulatory investigations, resulting in a $ 12,740 fine imposed by the California Department of Health.
In May 2015, an investigation found that the nursing home did not administer prescribed medication to patients with serious health problems such as blood infections, epilepsy, irregular heartbeat and breathing problems. In some cases, the center ran out of medication because the nurses did not order medication from a pharmacy.
Government complaints investigations led to three more reports this year asking the facility to fix problems, including poor infection control.
In a July 2015 report, the state investigated complaints from family members about employees who did not respond to patient calls for help. In a well-founded complaint, a family said that a loved one had been lying on a bedpan several times for more than an hour. The investigation also found that staff asked two patients to “go to bed” when patients asked for help using the toilet.
In a correction plan, Vintage Faire promised to train employees in the correct response to patient call lights.
The facility has since improved its overall rating. In 2018, instructions were given to correct eleven federal deficiencies. Regulators have justified a patient safety complaint and ordered corrections in the past year, while three other complaints have been substantiated without deficiencies.
In January and February of this year, four complaints were found to be unfounded, and one patient safety complaint was substantiated without deficiencies.
The Modesto Bee will learn more about this evolving story.