With more than 5000 beds in 25 facilities, SentosaCare, LLC is now the
largest nursing home network in the state of New York. However, a quick
look into the record of complaints, fines, and violations is enough to
make one wonder how SentosaCare is allowed to run one facility, let alone
acquire dozens more.
In one particularly harrowing story, a 60 year old patient was placed into
a SentosaCare facility to recover from a diabetic emergency. He entered
the facility with minor wounds on his foot, and expected them to heal
over the six weeks he planned to stay at the home. However, his “recovery”
soon led to an emergency hospital visit, as negligence by caretakers led
to a severe infection which required amputating his foot.
Why is SentosaCare Being Allowed to Expand?
In New York, prospective buyers of nursing home facilities must pass a
“character-and-competence” review before the transaction will
be allowed. The Public Health and Health Planning Council is supposed
to deny these deals when they find that the facilities have repeat violations
which could potentially put the residents at risk. The Council works primarily
off of reports and records compiled by the Department of Health.
However, the Department of Health has regularly excluded or failed to report
major violations, including more than 20 federal fines which SentosaCare
facilities have been ordered to pay. Inspections reports have indicated
numerous instances of residents wandering away, and in one case, freezing
to death. Prosecutors and inspectors alike have found that staff members
have falsified records. Despite this, the Department of Health found that
SentosaCare homes provide a “substantially consistent high level
We Fight for Those Who Can’t
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of instances of improper patient care
in SentosaCare facilities. While this group appears to be particularly
troubled, similar abuse and neglect unfortunately occurs in facilities
around the country. The Department of Health and Human Services’
inspector general has even stated that one-third of all Medicare patients
suffered preventable harm in a nursing home within one month of being
admitted for short-term rehab. For more information, read
this recent ProPublica article.
At Christian & Davis, LLC, our Greenville nursing home abuse attorneys
are proud to stand up for the rights of the elderly. We believe that when
you put your loved one into a nursing home, they deserve to receive a
high standard of care – and the law is on our side. If someone you
love has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of nursing home staff,
contact our firm immediately to pursue justice.
Hold negligent or abusive nursing homes accountable for their actions.
Call (864) 408-8890 today for experienced, compassionate counsel.