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Patricia Myers suspected the staff at the Buffalo nursing home was not feeding her bedridden husband. When she shaved him, he sometimes tried to eat the shaving cream. "Are you hungry?" she asked. Paralyzed from a degenerative neurological disease, Larry K. Myers managed to yell one of the few words he could still speak: "Yeah!" His wife said she complained rep…

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Shirley Burrows needed follow-up treatment for three “superficial” bedsores when she was discharged from a Lockport hospital to a Newfane nursing home. Instead of getting better, Burrows’ sores worsened, her attorneys said. The wounds became infected, and a bone in Burrows' lower back was exposed. A Niagara County jury earlier this week awarded $1.25 million to the 7…

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Understaffing is a common problem in many of the worst-rated nursing homes in Western New York. Residents in these facilities often must wait long periods to be taken to the bathroom, have their diapers changed or receive assistance in being fed, according to their relatives. A proposed state bill would require nursing homes and hospitals to maintain specific minimum…

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New York State gave licenses to operate at least 10 Buffalo area nursing homes in the last decade to new owners who had been fined for providing poor care to residents at other nursing homes. Advocates for nursing home residents say the state must do more to prevent nursing home owners providing low-quality care from buying more long-term care facilities. "It is a re…

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A federal penalty denying Medicare and Medicaid payments to a Buffalo nursing home that will soon close was made public this week. Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was denied payments for an 18-day period starting Sept. 15, based on violations detailed in a state Health Department inspection report, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid posted on its webs…

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A monitor attached to Jameir Benn’s toe should have alerted staff in a Buffalo nursing home that he had stopped breathing. But on that February 2015 evening, only one worker in HighPointe on Michigan's pediatric unit was wearing a pager, and he did not respond to the urgent alert. When a nurse returned to Jameir’s room more than an hour later, the 16-month-old boy had c…

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The receiver running the troubled Emerald South nursing home has officially notified the state that it intends to lay off all of its 96 employees. But some of those workers will have a chance to apply for jobs at nearby Emerald North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Emerald South’s companion home, a spokesman for the receiver said Tuesday. The receiver's mandatory …

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Death came suddenly for Arturo Bucci. The 85-year-old retired machinist was in his motorized wheelchair when it toppled more than 12 feet down a creek embankment. The spill left him face down in the water outside an East Aurora nursing home. For Donna Bantle, death came more slowly. Her daughter noticed a large, ugly bedsore on Bantle’s back when she was a resident at A…

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The state-appointed receiver for a troubled Delaware Avenue nursing home confirmed Monday afternoon that the facility will be closed. An exact date for the closing of Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has not been set, but the priority is to make the closure as seamless as possible for the residents and staff, according to Jay Lawrence, a spokesman for rec…

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A Buffalo nursing home considered one of the most troubled in the state will be closing, three sources familiar with the shutdown plans told The Buffalo News on Friday. The recently appointed receiver of Emerald South Rehabilitation and Care Center is expected on Monday to reveal plans to close the 122-bed facility and relocate residents and workers, the sources said. …

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A Buffalo nursing home's staff was warned an elderly resident might be trying to escape out of his third-floor window in the weeks leading up to his fatal fall, but it did not take sufficient steps to protect him, state Health Department inspectors concluded in a critical report. New York State fined Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center $10,000 for violations…

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For Joy Elizabeth Catalano, the breaking point came the night more than a dozen nurses and aides called in sick. Then the director of nursing at Buffalo’s Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Catalano recalled only three licensed practical nurses and one certified nursing aide on duty that night in June 2017 to care for about 150 residents. Normally, she …

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Buffalo News reporter Lou Michel and Watchdog Team editor Mike McAndrew spent six months investigating nursing homes in Erie and Niagara counties. The resulting stories began appearing in The Buffalo News on Oct. 21, and more are on the way. They found that out-of-town investors had bought 16 of the 47 nursing homes in the two counties in the past 11 years, and many of …

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The future of a troubled Buffalo nursing home remains uncertain days after the state Department of Health appointed a receiver to temporarily run it, according to three sources familiar with the situation. The sources said the state and receiver may decide to close the Emerald South Rehabilitation and Care Center or merge it with the nearby Emerald North nursing home, w…