According to an article on Syracuse.com, the Bishop Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has agreed to settle a lawsuit in which they are accused of neglecting residents causing them to develop bedsores due to understaffing. The article states that:
The lawsuit claims the nursing home left residents lying in their own urine and feces for hours because it did not have enough staff to care for them.
Clinton Square Operations LLC bought the nursing home at 918 James St. formerly known as James Square in December. As part of the settlement, it also agreed to pay $495,000. If the settlement is approved, more than $300,000 of that money will go to class members and the rest will pay for legal and administrative fees.
According to the article, the Bishop Rehab and Nursing Center has been under investigation for over a year. The article states that:
The state Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud unit has been investigating the nursing home for more than a year over patient care issues. The AG’s office raided the 440-bed facility last June and seized records as part of the investigation.
Turning the Facility Around
Unlike many stories similar to this one, the article reports that the owners of the facility are attempting to turn this one around. The article states that the nursing home was recently bought from River Meadows LLC, James Square Nursing Home Inc. and 918 James Receiver LLC.
According to the article, the attorney who filed the law suit stated that the new owners are attempting to turn the facility around.
Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, a lawyer who filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of a resident and former resident, said Clinton Square Operations has been increasing staffing at the nursing home since taking over in January. “They inherited a disaster,” he said. “The owner wants to make it a safe and good place.”
Edward Farbenblum, of Long Island, and his wife, Orly, are the principals of Clinton Square Operations. They bought the nursing home for $45 million. Farbenblum owns 10 other nursing homes in the state and has a reputation for turning around troubled nursing homes.
Hopefully, the new owners can turn the facility around so that no one else is injured or suffers from this horribly painful, and preventable, injury.
What Are Bedsores and How Can They Be Prevented?
Pressure to the skin can interrupt blood flow, which over time causes skin to become starved of nutrients and oxygen. Skin that does not receive enough blood flow will begin to break down. Pressure injuries form either when the skin is under a lot of pressure for a short period of time, or when it is under a moderate amount of pressure for a long time.
These are known as bedsores, pressure ulcers (when open), pressure injuries, and decubitous ulcers (an outdated medical term still in use).
Nursing home neglect contributing to bed sores can include:
- Bedbound or wheelchair bound (immobile) residents to remain in the same position for too long
- Failing to provide proper nutrition or fluids, which can make residents extremely vulnerable to skin breakdown, infections, sepsis, and death
- Allowing residents to have moist skin for too long, from not changing soiled adult diapers or wet bed sheets.
- Failing to check residents regularly skin problems
- Failing to notify the family and physician upon development of sores so that proper treatment may be rendered
When nursing homes fail to provide this level of care to prevent, help heal, and avoid infection of pressure wounds, it may be liable for any resulting damages.
Nursing home caregivers should be well-versed in the techniques necessary to prevent bedsores, including:
- Daily skin checks
- “Off-loading” pressure points
- Positioning residents at a 30 degree angle to reduce pressure
- Properly employing pressure-relieving devices like foam padding, air mattresses, and pillows
- Keeping residents, clothing, and bedding clean and dry
- Frequent, multiple daily checks
If you believe that your loved one has suffered from bedsores due to negligence on the part of their care facility, please contact me and I will investigate your case to see if the nursing home is responsible. I am here to help you and want to help you navigate through the complicated and emotional process of holding a nursing home accountable for your loved one’s suffering. You can comment below or you can contact me here on my confidential form.
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