17 charged in New York nursing home abuse case

When people are in the care of a nursing home, they expect to be treated with respect at all times. Unfortunately, some establishments hire people who do not believe in providing this type of care.

Nine nursing assistants and eight nurses have been charged with misdemeanor and felony counts for a pattern of negligence against a disabled patient at HighPointe on Michigan nursing home in New York.

These 17 employees recently appeared in court in relation to the negligent care of a 56-year-old man who was bedridden and dependent on the staff at the nursing home.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that a camera in the man’s room showed employees ignoring the patient time after time. Along with this, he said the workers created falsified documents to hide this activity.

Schneiderman added, “These sheets were filled out, both the medication administration form and the two-hour check sheet, were filled out by staff members indicating that they provided this care, when in fact our video surveillance showed they were either not in the room, not present in the room or did not administer the medication or did not administer the care they recorded they did.”

At this time, there is no information as to who made the Attorney General’s Office aware of the neglect.

Spending time in a nursing home can be a challenge both for the patients as well as their loved ones. When employees act in a negligent manner, it harms everybody involved, primarily the patient, as well as the industry in general.

Source: WIVB 4, “Hidden camera leads to charges against 17 workers at nursing home” Rachel Kingston, Apr. 25, 2014