Litchfield, Conn.

State imposes rules on nursing home


State public health officials will approve a new manager at a Litchfield nursing home that also was fined $2,000 after state inspections found staff prepared inadequate meals and openly referred to residents as 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 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.’’ The manager of Fernwood did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of