Two More Nursing Home Employees Arrested in Connection With the Elderly Nursing Home Death

Author: Francis Kelley/Wed, Jul 02, 2014/Categories: Blog

Two More Nursing Home Employees Arrested in Connection With the Death of an Elderly Woman at the Medford Multicare Center for Living

Two additional employees of the Medford Multicare Center for Living, Inc. have been arrested as part of an ongoing criminal negligence case related to the 2012 death of a resident. A total of 11 people have been arrested in connection to the case so far.

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Long Island Nursing Home Hired Stripper

Author: Cynthia Diaz Shephard/Tue, Apr 08, 2014/Categories: Blog

A recently filed lawsuit alleges that a nursing home located in West Babylon, New York, hired male exotic dancers to perform for its residents.

The East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, Long Island, regularly hired “male strippers to perform” according to the lawsuit filed in the State Supreme Court in Suffolk County, Newsday reported. The lawsuit was filed on March 13.

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Long Island Nursing Sued by State Attorney, Seven Staff Members Led Out in Handcuffs

Author: Cynthia Diaz Shephard/Mon, Mar 24, 2014/Categories: Blog

Although the Medford MultiCare Center for Living received passing grades from state regulators, seven staff members were escorted out in handcuffs in February following the death of a 72-year-old resident.

Attorney General (AG) Eric T. Schneiderman’s office made the arrests and also filed a lawsuit that includes allegations that that Medford MultiCare Center for Living was what Newsday described as having “a deplorable, 11-year history of abuse, neglect, inadequate staffing, cover-ups, criminal convictions, and profiteering.” The facility’s owners deny the claims.

 

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Deaths, Sexual Attacks Long Island Nursing Home Residents’ Deaths, Other Incidents, Point to Abuse

Author: Cynthia Diaz Shephard/Fri, Feb 28, 2014/Categories: Blog

The families of two Korean War veterans blame a Long Island nursing home for neglectful treatment so cruel, their beloved families members died horrible deaths last year.

One of the men, 74 when he died, suffered pressure ulcers, which are also known as bedsores, that grew so large and deep that a human hand could fit inside some of the holes in his skin, NBC News reported. The man was a resident at the Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing for several years. He died on March 18, 2013 with bedsores covering most of his backside.

Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center medical records reveal that the man suffered cardiac arrest after septic infection in his respiratory system and also indicated that the bedsores assisted in the facilitation of that infection. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he was neglected,” his granddaughter told NBC News. Richard Mollot, director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, told NBC News that these types of bedsores are typically indicative of nursing home neglect. “When we see that the pressure sores are very serious—very large, there is a number of them, etcetera—that should ring everyone’s alarm that something is wrong here,” he said.

Four months later, the second man—he was diagnosed with dementia—died after nursing home staff misplaced him for nearly one hour. The man unintentionally hanged himself when attempting to get out of his wheelchair restraint. The man’s care plan, which was developed following his March 2013 admission, indicated that staff was required to monitor the man every 15 minutes, according to NBC News.

A Department of Health inspection report dated July 15 revealed that the man was found slumped against his wheelchair “with the seat belt around his neck and without respirations or pulse.” The report also stated that the man “was not supervised after 1:15 p.m. until he was found at 2:12 p.m.” The man choked to death in that 57-minute period.

“My father was off the radar of the home and he’s supposed to be on 15-minute checks,” his son said. “And to die like a dog that jumped over a fence with a leash around his neck was just totally, totally unacceptable,” he told NBC News.

Another death occurred last May at the same facility and involved a 56-year-old rehabilitation patient who died after overdosing three times on narcotic painkillers. The inspection report indicated that the facility “failed to adequately monitor and supervise residents with known drug-seeking behaviors,” according to NBC News. “… staff suspected illegal narcotic exchange within the facility but no investigations, assessments or changes to the resident’s plan of care were made,” the report also indicated.

In another case of alleged nursing home abuse, an 89-year-old resident alleged she was raped by a 30-year-old nursing home staff member. The victim was accused of fabricating the attack and “flirting mercilessly” with the alleged perpetrator, according to the Daily Mail.

Directors at the Edgewood Vista nursing home, located in Hermantown, Minnesota, were accused of hampering the investigation by suggesting that the so-called sex was consensual, court documents indicated, wrote the Daily Mail. Last month, the caregiver, Andrew Scott Merzwski, 30, was sentenced to 53 months in prison, the Star Tribune reported.

In 2011, The Department of Health—which investigated the rape and held the individual caregiver, not the facility, responsible for the attack—received 12,262 complaints of “maltreatment and self-reported incidents.” The Star Tribune wrote that the Department only investigated 1,023.

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Medford Nursing Home is No Place to Leave Vulnerable Loved Ones

Author: Lillian Chiu/Wed, Feb 19, 2014/Categories: Long Island Nursing Home Abuse

The Medford Multicare Center for Living, a nursing home situated in Long Island, has violated the trust of its residents and their families, according to civil lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.  In fact, an editorial in Newsday described the facility as a “nursing home from hell”, citing an “abominable 11-year track record of abuse, neglect, cover-ups, health infractions, criminal convictions and multimillion-dollar paydays for the owners.”

There has been suspicion about the home since it first started operating in 2003, the Newsday editorial says. The health department has found that due to inadequate nutrition, poor record-keeping and an unstable staff, residents there were in “immediate jeopardy” of serious injury, impairment or death. A number of staff members were not properly screened before employment. Between 2005 and 2009, 182 aides were hired without criminal background checks, which is required for that position. Complaints of abuse and neglect increased tenfold between 2006 and 2008.

The home owners made little effort to improve things, and failed to correct many deficiencies. Things got so bad that state officials installed a hidden camera in a bedridden patient’s room in 2007. The security footage helped catch employees mistreating residents and skipping out on paperwork to cover up the abuse. Since 2008, 17 Medford employees have been convicted of neglect and falsification of records. According to the lawsuit, 60 incidents and accidents were reported to the Department of Health during that time, but there were actually some 5,000 such incidents. The law mandates that these events be reported to the health department.

The owners of Medford are accused of diverting $60 million in Medicaid funds to their own financial means, including giving donations to their own private, family-run foundations.

Most recently, the home has been accused of neglect and subsequently causing the death of 72-year old resident Aurelia Rios. In October 2012, Rios died after not being connected to her ventilator as ordered by her doctor. A respiratory therapist who was put in charge of her care is accused of ignoring an alarm that sounded off every 15 seconds for two hours. She also allegedly ignored pager messages when Rios stopped breathing. The respiratory therapist and six other nurses, aides and managers were arrested last week by Schneiderman’s office. They are accused of causing Rios’ death and then covering it up. Two more employees were also arrested for neglect, but for a different patient.   

Nursing homes are trusted to care for a vulnerable, elderly population. Unfortunately, some facilities violate that trust and take advantage of residents, who sometimes cannot speak up and communicate that they are being abused.  Families  who have loves ones in nursing homes should be aware of signs of abuse and neglect, which include bedsores, bruises that have no known origin, falls and weight loss. An inattentive staff may also be a sign of neglect.  

 

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Civil Lawsuit Charges Medford Nursing Home with Neglect, Patient Death

Author: Lillian Chiu/Wed, Feb 12, 2014/Categories: Blog

A civil lawsuit filed on Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Suffolk alleges that a Medford nursing home was negligent and endangered its elderly residents. State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in the suit that “reckless cuts of medication, staff and supplies,” put residents and risk and even caused death. The lawsuit has been filed against the owners of Medford Multicare Center for Living and the facility’s administrator, 56 year-old David Fielding of West Lido Beach. Furthermore, the suit alleges that the defendants used “millions of dollars of public funds — funds paid to care for the nursing home’s elderly and disabled residents — but instead used to enrich the defendants through exorbitant salaries, bogus fees through a shell company and self-serving charitable contributions.”

 

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