It was recently reported that an aide at the Lily Pond Nursing Home in Staten Island, New York, hit a 40-year-old developmentally disabled nursing home resident on the head several times. The incident was allegedly covered up and not reported by a supervisor. According to the Criminal Court complaint, during an evening shift, an emergency medical technician saw the certified nurse aide strike the patient several times about the head.
The New York State Attorney General’s Office reported that, as a result of the incident and cover up, both workers at the Lily Pond Nursing Home lost their licenses after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of willfully violating public health law. Furthermore, neither can work in the health care field again.
This nursing home previously made news in 2008, when workers employed at the facility claimed to have gone weeks without pay, working without health insurance and vacation pay. The workers also complained that the facility was sometimes lacking in supplies, with one employee saying that there were instances where the overnight staff was without large-size adult diapers, causing them to have to “make-shift two small diapers” to meet the patients’ needs.