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September 20th, 2010

Nine workers from the Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility in Troy, NY have been charged with not properly caring for an incapacitated resident and falsifying records to hide their abuse.

A six-week video surveillance investigation by the office of state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo captured evidence of the nursing home abuse.

The nursing home staff are accused of failing to administer medications, not treating the resident’s bedsores, not checking the resident for incontinence, as well as not changing undergarments for long periods of time. Authorities say the resident was frequently left in the same position for an entire shift. The staff members in question each face counts of falsifying business records, a felony; endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a misdemeanor; and willful violation of health laws, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Northwoods has suspended the nine workers while the case against them plays out. The patient at the center of the alleged abuse has been moved to another care facility.

This is not Northwoods first run-in with abuse and neglect allegations. After complaints that staff members regularly ignored the buzzers of patients in need of assistance, federal officials barred the nursing home from receiving Medicaid or Medicare payments for new residents. And earlier in the year a male nurse pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an elderly female resident.


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