Rochester, NY- Ten people who worked at a Rochester nursing home have been charged by the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after a hidden camera revealed “a pattern of pervasive neglect,” within the home.
Two nurses, four certified nursing aides and four licensed practical nurses are facing criminal charges ranging from falsifying business records to willful violation of the public health law and in some cases, endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person.
A hidden camera was placed in the room of one of Blossom North’s patients by investigators from the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit after the patient’s family raised alarm about the resident’s treatment. The resident is a double amputee who is also partially paralyzed and suffers from diabetes and diminished capacity among a host of other ailments, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
A news release from Schneiderman’s office said the video footage shows nurses and nursing aides neglecting their duties. Staff members allegedly failed to give the resident his medications and monitor his blood sugar and blood pressure. His catheter and incontinence care were neglected and he was left immobile in his bed for hours on end.
Other staff members have been charged with falsifying documents to conceal the neglect.
“Today’s charges send a message that we will not tolerate anyone being neglected by those responsible for their care and will use every tool in our arsenal, including hidden cameras, to ensure that those most in need of help are safely cared for and treated with respect and dignity,” AG Schneiderman said in statement to announce the charges.
Five of the accused are no longer with the Blossom North Facility, and the other five have been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
The six nurses charged are Junetta Jenkins, Jasmine Franco, Champagne Anderson and Savannah Harding of Rochester, Binita Dahal of Brooklyn and Faye Aguillon of Elmhurst, Queens. The four nursing assistants charged are Rochester residents Krista Stevenson, Christy Holmes, Elizabeth Acevedo and Iesha Short, according to WHAM, local ABC affiliate.
All of the people charged will be arraigned Friday in Rochester.
The patient at the center of the case is now deceased.
Attorney General Schneiderman has been very aggressive with pursing and prosecuting individuals who abuse residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and has utilized hidden cameras in other cases.
Last month, the Attorney General’s office charged nine people at the Medford Multi-care Center for neglect and other charges. According to the AG’s office, several employees allowed a woman who was a temporary resident to die after ignoring alarms from her ventilator for over two hours.
The woman went into the Medford to help her transition from the hospital to home. She was recovering from a serious bout of pneumonia, and was needed a ventilator to breathe. She was only supposed to be at the facility for a few weeks, but because her caregivers ignored the warning beeps from her ventilator, which came loose, she died in the facility.
Cases like these happen far too often and luckily there are people like AG Schneiderman out there to advocate for the elderly.