The Buffalo Center For Rehabilitation and Nursing, an Erie County, New York nursing home received the second largest fine in New York State From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently. The fine was for brazen Covid safety violations. It all comes down to management. While inspectors were present during a Covid focused inspection last year, employees were observed entering the rooms of infected Covid patients, then, without changing into fresh personal protective gear, entering the rooms of on infected residents, risking them to unnecessary exposure to the life-threatening Covid 19 virus.
As Buffalo nursing home abuse attorneys, we at Feroletolaw receive numerous phone calls from distraught family members with concerns about their parents and loved ones in Buffalo and Western New York nursing homes.
The coronavirus, Covid 19 is particularly dangerous to seniors and those with comorbidities. Common sense precautions you might take in your grocery store were reportedly disregarded. Inspectors indicated staff members were wearing their facemasks improperly, or not wearing them at all and not maintaining social distancing. If you have concerns about unnecessary exposure of a loved one to Covid in a nursing home or facility, talk to the management immediately. You can make a complaint to the New York State Department of Health, and you canreach out to a Buffalo nursing home abuse attorney.
The fine to the Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing was only outdone By the $66,632 Fine to the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center, an Albion New York nursing home. The Buffalo Center has a one star rating by CMS, the lowest rating given by CMS.
According to a March 19, 2021 Buffalo News article, a representative of the nursing home stated that 163 residents and 17 staff members recovered from the Covid virus. Multiple patients were lost to the virus. The nursing home and another local facility, Ellicott Centers for Rehabilitation and Nursing, also a one star rated facility are run by the New York City business called that the Center Health Care.
If you have concerns about unsafe or dangerous conditions in a nursing home or senior facility , you can call the Buffalo nursing home abuse attorneys at Feroletolaw 716-854-0700 for a confidential no obligation consultation. If we agree to represent you in a legal action there is no fee if there is no recovery.