Nursing Home Residents are Vulnerable to Abuse and Neglect

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 02:30

Startling information published regarding Hudson Valley nursing home facilities.

Although many nursing homes provide excellent care, abuse and neglect of nursing home residents is a common occurrence. The task of a nursing home is to look after vulnerable individuals with complex physical and cognitive needs on a 24-hour basis. It is vital for these facilities to ensure that their residents are free from maltreatment of any form. There are federal guidelines ensuring the well-being of the residents, but many nursing homes fail to develop appropriate policies and protocols.

According to local sources, a newly established federal rating system has unveiled some extremely poor performing Hudson Valley nursing home facilities. WPDH recently published the following information:

According to the ratings, there are five Hudson Valley nursing homes that have received only one star, the lowest overall rating possible. Those facilities that are ranked "much below average" include Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Campbell Hall Rehabilitation Center, Putnam Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sapphire Rehabilitation and Nursing at Goshen and Sapphire Nursing at Wappingers.

Both the Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and the Putnam Nursing & Rehab Center received the worst possible ranking in every category. Both facilities scored just one star, ranking "much below average" for health inspections, staffing and quality measures. The Campbell Hall Rehabilitation Center scored "much below average" in all but health inspections, where they earned just a "below average" score of two stars. Sapphire Nursing at Goshen was "below average" in every category except for Quality Measures, where they received an "average" rating of three stars. the only "average" score received by Sapphire in Wappingers was for staffing.

Nursing home abuse is preventable. Sadly, many facilities choose to take shortcuts, and in doing so put their resident’s lives at risk. Our team of dedicated attorneys are passionate about holding negligent organizations accountable. We strive to provide our clients with the justice they deserve, and to prevent future occurrences of abuse and neglect. Our sister firm, Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson and Garber filed a lawsuit against Sapphire Nursing home in Goshen in 2018. The Times Herald Record stated the following in a 2018 publication: “The plaintiffs, a current resident of the home and the estate of a deceased resident, accuse the owners of slashing staff so deeply that residents often sat in their own waste, begging visitors for bathroom help, meals and care. The suit seeks monetary damages, but also asks the court to require the home to provide proper care”.  

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from any form of abuse or neglect in their nursing home facility, contact us today. At Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, we help nursing home abuse victims and their families seek justice for the injuries they have sustained.

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