A nursing home aide at Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Syracuse, New York allegedly slapped a 90-year-old woman with a wet cloth, according to the Syracuse Post-Dispatch. The resident’s grandson reported the alleged incident after noticing bruising on his grandmother’s face. The incident allegedly happened on October 19, 2019. The aide was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation and subsequently resigned. After a month-long police investigation, the aide was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in the second degree, as well as harassment in the second degree.
Formerly known as James Square, Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, located at 918 James Street in Syracuse, came under new ownership in 2017, and its safety rating has improved since then, due in part to increased staffing. Still, there are concerns about conditions at the nursing home. In its article “3 Central New York Facilities on ‘Secret List’ of Troubled Nursing Homes,” the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center was on the Special Focus Facility Candidate List dated May 14, 2019. What does that mean? The facility is at risk of being placed in the Special Focus Facility program, a program run by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Special Focus Facilities have a pattern of deficiencies that could put residents’ safety at risk and are inspected twice as often as regular facilities.
The Special Focus Facility program and the Special Focus Facility Candidate list should not be a “secret.” Families seeking a nursing home for their loved ones should have all the information available to them in order to make the best decision possible regarding long-term care for the elderly. A culture of secrecy and an overemphasis on profit margins—often in the form of substandard staffing levels—can lead to disastrous consequences for vulnerable individuals. If you have concerns about nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, or elder abuse, don’t hesitate to consult an attorney. Call (877) 238-4175 for your free case consultation.