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9 employees arrested during NY surveillance for nursing home abuse

9 employees of a Queens nursing home have been arrested for nursing home abuse and neglect after a hidden camera revealed evidence of widespread patient neglect and falsification of patient records. Among those arrested was a physician who served as the medical director of the nursing home, two licensed practical nurses, and 6 nurse aides.

The secret camera was installed in only one patient’s room and found all of the following incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect: the patient did not consistently receive the physician-ordered physical therapy; the patient went without re-positioning that is required to avoid pressure sores; the patient did not receive assistance in eating and often went without food or drink; and the patient did not receive medications as prescribed.

To date in NY, nine nursing home employees have been convicted based on evidence produced by hidden cameras and 19 others are facing charges. One nursing home has been criminally charged and another has been sued.

Again, we see the systemic problem of staffing shortages. Perhaps if nursing homes had the necessary number of competent employees on staff, nursing home residents would not suffer such nursing home abuse and neglect.

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