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Resident neglect in New York

A 79-year-old woman of Buffalo, New York was neglected by two of the nursing assistants who worked in the facility where she was living. There was a camera hidden in the room of the elderly woman according to the state attorney general.The aides were accused of not using two people when performing incontinence services for the resident. They were also accused of not using a proper lift when moving the resident from his bed.

Documents were altered by the aides to cover up the neglect. Unfortunately, one attorney in the state believes that this kind of nursing home abuse takes place across the country on a regular basis. If residents do not receive the proper care they need, such as help with changing their clothes or help with cutting their food, then this could affect the dignity of the resident. This incident came to light as a result of a broader nursing home investigation being conducted. The two aides are facing charges of falsifying business records and endangering the welfare of someone who is incompetent.

The resident has Alzheimer's and cannot walk on her own. She relies completely on the help of the nursing staff at the facility to help her perform daily activities. The staff at the nursing facility understands that all of the residents need proper care, and management of the company stated that it is devoted to solving this issue.

Family members of elderly residents who feel that their loved ones have been neglected can seek the help of a attorney to file an investigation. The attorney can assist with transferring the resident to another facility or getting medical and monetary compensation for the victim.

Source: WIVB, "Two nursing aides accused of neglecting 79-year-old patient", September 23, 2014

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