Hidden camera footage has led to felony and misdemeanor charges against 10 caregivers at a skilled nursing facility in New York, the state’s attorney general announced Monday. The accused caregivers work at a facility that recently took in a number of displaced residents from a nursing home under the same ownership, which is closing due to quality of care issues.
The case involves six registered nurses and four certified nursing assistants at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rochester, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office. After a resident’s son grew suspicious, the AG’s office placed a hidden camera in the facility.
The footage shows the nurses and assistants routinely neglecting the resident, whose legs were amputated above the knee and who had numerous other conditions, according to the charges. The accused individuals ignored the resident for hours at a time and failed to properly administer medication and help him with his incontinence, and they falsified documents to cover up their neglect, Schneiderman alleges.
Blossom North intends to fully cooperate with regulatory agencies during the investigation, according to a statement from Chief Operations Officer Frank Iannucci.
“Resident safety is and will continue to be our primary focus,” Iannucci stated. “Whenever a concern is identified by the staff, appropriate regulatory officials are contacted as required by law.”
The SNF recently admitted about a dozen residents from Blossom South Nursing and Rehabilitation, according to local reports.
Blossom South’s Medicare and Medicaid certification was terminated in August 2013. The facility — which according to a federal judge had an “appalling number of deficiencies” — lost a legal appeal to stay the termination during the appeals process and is closing.