State public health officials will approve a new manager at a Litchfield residential care facility 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 & 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.
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