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Outrageous greed led to widespread nursing home abuse

It is absolutely unacceptable for a nursing home to neglect or abuse its residents. When the owner of an Albany nursing home or assisted living facility makes a profit by taking the money coming in from the federal government and residential fees and uses the money to live a life of luxury while his or her residents starve, New York law enforcement needs to take action. After a conviction for nursing home abuse, however, the families of the residents should file lawsuits against the owner for the pain and suffering their loved ones were forced to endure.

A horrific story of nursing home abuse will shock many in New York, but it serves as an example of how far greed will drive people and who suffers as a result. The owner of three nursing homes had been collecting funds from Medicare and Medicaid for providing residents with a hygienic, safe environment in which they would receive medical care, assistance and food. In actuality, he provided none of these things.

The nursing homes were in such shoddy conditions that rain was caught in plastic sheeting and barrels. There was very little cleaning done and trash was piled up around the facilities. The nursing homes were infested with vermin and potentially-hazardous molds and mildews. Although many staff members tried to keep the residents and their areas clean, they were forced to bring their own cleaning supplies. At times, it was the nursing home staff members who were feeding residents with food that they brought from home.

Luckily this man has been found guilty of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid. His wife has also pled guilty to similar charges. While their residents were left in dirty, unsafe and unsanitary conditions without proper supervision, care or food, they were using federal funds to buy homes, furniture, luxury cars and taking vacations. Though this is an extreme and most nursing home abuse does not become this serious, it is possible and families need to know that there are legal options available to them.

Source: FBI "Nursing Home Abuse: Owner Cheats Government, Neglects Residents," May 8, 2012

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