April 1st, 2010
Eight employees of a Buffalo, NY nursing home were charged after a hidden-camera investigation revealed nursing home abuse. The seven week investigation by the office of the State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo was focused on a female patient of the Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home.
The investigation showed that a certified nurse’s aide did not provide the patient with the range-of-motion therapy she needed, which could lead to muscles locking up. In addition, two nurses did not fulfill their responsibilities of administering insulin, treating skin and wounds, and checking vital signs. The three defendants face felony charges for falsifying business records in an attempt to cover up the improper care.
Five other certified nurse’s aides are charged with the misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
Williamsville Suburban has a history of quality issues. Recent inspections by the state Health Department have led to The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid rating the nursing home as “much below average”.
Cuomo’s investigators have been using hidden cameras at nursing homes across New York state. To date, 30 New York nursing home employees have been convicted based on surveillance recordings, said Cuomo’s office.
“My office is strongly committed to using all the tools at our disposal to make sure people are getting the medical treatment and the care they deserve,” Cuomo said in a news release.