A press release issued by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman last month indicated that criminal charges were filed against 10 employees of a Rochester nursing home over allegations of abuse and neglect.
According to the release, the employees, who worked for Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, are accused of mistreating a former resident. An investigation, conducted with a hidden camera in a patient’s room, showed “pervasive neglect”.
The six nurses and four nursing assistants are charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor counts. According to the release, the victim was a double, above-the-knee amputee, who also suffered from partial upper body paralysis, type-2 diabetes, impaired cognition, blood pressure fluctuation, glaucoma and other ailments.
The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), at the request of the victim’s son, initiated the investigation after he became suspicious of abuse. Video showed “both nurses and certified nurse’s aides routinely ignored their duties relative to the resident and his documented needs.”
On a number of occasions, the employees reportedly failed to dispense prescription medications, measure blood sugar and blood pressure levels or properly care for the resident’s catheter.
The employees also reportedly left the victim to lay immobile in his bed for several hours at a time and allegedly falsified documents relating to his care.
The victim in the case reportedly died prior to charges being filed.
Do I Need a Rockland County Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney?
The allegations against the employees of this nursing home are horrific. Nursing home abuse and neglect is something that needs to be taken seriously, as persistent problems can result in serious personal injuries and even death.
Signs of nursing home injuries include bedsores, malnutrition or dehydration, head injuries and infections. If a nursing home fails to protect its residents or does not properly monitor patients, than it should be held liable for negligence.
KGG lawyer Barry S. Kantrowitz investigates suspicions if you believe that neglect has caused an injury to your relative. Mr. Kantrowitz has lived and worked in Rockland County all his life, and he works to protect nursing home residents in the area. Earlier this year, he was appointed to fill the Rockland County Legislature vacancy in District #5.
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