By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate
In the last few week, among the many horrible cases that I have been dealing with, is the case of a 52 year old Multiple Sclerosis sufferer, who has been a patient at Brookhaven Hospital in Patchogue for a severe infection, that he developed as a result of the neglectful and abusive care he received as a resident, in a dangerous and sub-standard facility called Lakeview Nursing Home in Middle Island, NY.
How ironic it is that a nursing home that abuses residents should have a name like Lakeview. There is pain but no view of a lake. More on this nursing home on a later post. I have already been contacted by this facility’s attorney to stop telling the truth about a facility that on it’s last survey had 40 pages of serious violations.
Anyway, back to our story. After a few weeks in the hospital my client (let’s call him GEORGE,) and his family were notified that he could no longer stay in the hospital and had to go to a nursing home. He was certainly not able to leave so early. He still needed more hospital care. Although I would never allow him to go back to Lakeview, they preemted by refusing to readmit him, which is a violation of the law.
The hospital referred George’s family to some very bad places like Avalon Nursing Home, and John J. Foley Nursing Home. The NY State Department of Health ratess these facilities as very below...