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The estate of an Amherst man who was offered contracts to play for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers has won an appeals court victory finding a local nursing home liable in his death. In reversing a State Supreme Court justice’s decision denying the estate of Paul "Buck" Sutton Sr. a default judgment, Appellate Division justices unanimously agreed that William…

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The Jennie B. Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home in Springville has been fined $8,044 by the federal government in response to a state Health Department recommendation. The facility failed to properly care for a resident who died hours after being transferred to a hospital emergency room last spring. In addition to citing the home for substandard care in its treatment of the…

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State health inspectors cited the Jennie B. Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home in Springville for causing “actual harm” by providing substandard care to a resident who died shortly after he was taken to a hospital emergency room last spring. The Department of Health did not say the nursing home caused the unidentified patient’s death, but it indicated there were delays in ca…

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State and federal regulations prohibit nursing homes from discriminating against individuals because of their payment source. But New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes. At the five-star nursing homes, 7 percent of the new residents in 2017 were Medicaid admissions – poor people whose bills were paid by Medic…

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New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes despite regulations prohibiting discrimination. That is especially true for one-third of the poor people who enter New York nursing homes – those whose bills are paid from Day One by Medicaid. Across the state, these nearly 22,000 people were twice as likely to be admi…

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The federal government has fined a Buffalo nursing home $47,827 after it incorrectly administered insulin injections to a resident. State Health Department investigators determined the failure to properly care for the Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center resident resulted in "actual harm." The fine imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

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State health department workers are investigating whether a resident at Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center was sexually assaulted, an official said Tuesday. Jeffrey Hammond, spokesman for the health department, said the nursing home reported the allegation May 29 and an investigation was immediately started. "These particular allegations are obviously extremely …

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The owner of a Town of Tonawanda adult care home is seeking a court injunction to block the state Department of Health's emergency order to shut down the facility. Kenwell Gardens LLC, which owns Oakwood Senior Living, claims the Health Department acted unfairly and overreached its authority in suspending the Delaware Avenue residence's operating license, the first step…

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The State Department of Health has issued a rare emergency order to shut down a Town of Tonawanda adult care facility that has been repeatedly cited for failing to properly provide medications to residents and unsafe living conditions. “To ensure the safety and well-being of Oakwood Senior Living residents, the Department of Health, on May 20, executed a commissioner’s …

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The state Health Department is investigating what prompted the daughter of a Buffalo nursing home resident to attack the administrator of the facility earlier this week, according to an agency spokesman. Charita N. "Rita" Gossom, 42, of Buffalo, allegedly attacked Sharon Zeames, the administrator at Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns, during an argument over why the fa…

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A Buffalo nursing home administrator suffered an apparent neck injury Tuesday morning when a diabetic resident's daughter attacked her during an argument over insulin withheld from her mother, according to several people familiar with the incident. Sharon Zeames, administrator of Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital where s…

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An $85,925 fine against Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns was the fifth-largest federal fine imposed on a nursing home in New York State in the last three years. State Department of Health inspectors in May 2016 found that a licensed practical nurse at the Buffalo nursing home failed to disinfect a shared blood glucose meter when testing up to 20 residents, including …

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Seventeen people gathered outside an East Aurora nursing home Sunday to protest what they call “horrific” conditions there. Carrying neon signs with slogans like “residents before profits” and “inadequate staffing = inadequate care,” the protesters paced the sidewalk in front of Absolut Care of Aurora Park as passing drivers honked and waved at them. Sunday’s protest…

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A third protest is planned Sunday in front of an East Aurora nursing home by a former resident's daughter who has been pressuring the facility to improve care to residents and working conditions for employees. Jennifer Page is urging families and friends of residents dissatisfied with the care at the Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Aurora Park to partic…

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What was supposed to be a three-week stay for rehabilitation at a Buffalo nursing home turned into five long years for Janine Ziomek-Witek. Her lower right leg had been amputated in 2014. She wanted to return home to her husband following the therapy. But questions were raised about her ability to live on her own, she said, so she remained at the troubled Emerald South …