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Family sues home health care providers for man's death

Partners in Care and Visiting Nurse Service of New York have been sued by the family of a 99-year-old man who fell while in their care. According to the family, a home health care aide failed to help the elderly man as he was attempting to walk and did not dial 911 after he fell and injured himself. As a result of the man's fall, he sustained a head injury and broken ribs before passing away in a nursing home about two months later.

The assisted living neglect victim was a WWII veteran who had lost his wife of 50 years in 2012. He had reportedly wished to spend the final days of his life in his Staten Island home but ended up dying at Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center instead. The retired security guard lived in Oakwood for almost 50 years and had three children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren when he died.

Following the man's fall, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York claims that the aide working at his home was fired. The company also says that they suspended two other home health care aides who are being investigated.

Due to some elderly and incapacitated patients' inability to communicate, assisted living and nursing home abuse cases can often go unreported. If a family is suspicious that a loved one is not receiving proper care from their health care aides, an attorney may be able to help the family by conducting a private investigation. If instances of abuse or neglect are found, the family may have a case for filing a lawsuit against all of the liable parties.

Source: SILive.com, "Staten Island family claims abuse by aides from Visiting Nurse Service, Partners in Care, report says", Maura Grunlund, September 09, 2014

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