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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Repeated Nursing Home Violations in Western New York

How common are nursing home violations in New York State?

We have all read with dismay, and sometimes horror, the tales of nursing home abuse against the most vulnerable members of our community. The most violations cited with these residential facilities, are health and fire violations. More than two dozen nursing homes in Western New York have been cited in a new statistical study by a national nursing home advocacy group. What makes this study even more disturbing is that the nursing homes in question were cited for repeated violations.

The national organization that revealed this data, The Coalition for Quality Care, is a conglomerate of state and regional groups created to support and maintain the highest possible quality of health care in long-term facilities. The group feels strongly that the country as a whole needs stronger enforcement of regulations regarding long-term care and that nursing homes found to have repeat violations on the same issues for three years in a row should be unable to continue admitting patients.

Facts culled from national data indicate that 44 percent of U.S. nursing homes are permitted to continue receiving public funds and admitting new patients in spite of repeated health and fire violations. In Buffalo and  surrounding western New York, 26 public and privately owned nursing homes are listed with three or more years of repeat health violations. Two from the region were listed for repeat fire code violations.

In addition, the study, which was conducted in conjunction with Voices for Quality Care, using federal inspection records accumulated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), showed a variety of repeated healthcare violations, including poor standards of food storage, poor bed care resulting in bed sores, and poor record-keeping. It is alarming to think that as our aging population continues to grow larger, we continue to fail them by not ensuring safety at the facilities that house them.

If you or a loved has suffered personal injury as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse in western New York State, or if you would like to consult about other personal injury issues, please contact one of our skilled and experienced attorneys at Wellborn Paluch: 844-855-HURT or 716-254-2554.

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