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Lower Hudson Valley nursing homes receive low state ratings

Whether you are looking at nursing homes in Albany, the Lower Hudson Valley or anywhere else in the state, it is important that you feel like your loved ones will be protected, well cared for, and won't be at risk of illness or injury. After two New York nursing homes have received some of the lowest ratings in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties, some families may start filing nursing home neglect cases against the facilities for their failure to supervise residents.

One of the nursing homes only managed to receive one star in all seven categories during a three-year review of the facility. While some criticize the state's five-star rating system, many believe that the system does a good job of pointing out where facilities can and should improve. In one of the lowest-rated nursing homes, a resident was found 3 miles from the facility. It seems he or she was not properly monitored and was allowed to slip out and wander for quite some time before he or she was finally found.

One of the most important things a nursing home must do is watch over its residents and ensure their safety. Many people ultimately decide to put family members in a nursing home because they are concerned that they won't be able to provide enough supervision and care and believe a 24-hour nursing home facility can. When residents are injured or become sick because a nursing home failed to properly supervise its residents, however, it can be held financially and legally liable for a patient's injuries.

It seems that these facilities have a long history of not supervising their residents. One patient was able to leave the facility nine times before he or she was finally stopped. In 2009 alone, the same nursing home facility recorded over 24 incidents in which residents left the building and were found wandering.

Source: The Journal News, "Low ratings dog several nursing homes; inspections cite injuries, wandering," Theresa Juva-Brown and Tim Henderson, Feb. 26, 2012

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