Arrests Made After Death of Nursing Home Resident Brings Abuse and Neglect Cases to Light

Feb 19, 2014

Arrests have been made in connection to the death of a 72-year old Long Island nursing home resident.

Aurelia Rios died after her ventilator was disconnected for two hours at the facility where she was temporarily staying for 6 weeks. Rios was a resident at the Medford Multicare Center recovering from a bout of pneumonia that saw her need rehabilitation.

Rios was a retired dental assistant and mother to three grown up children. She was taken to Medford Multicare Center where staff told her family that she had died of a heart attack, failing to mention the negligence with the ventilator being disconnected and staff ignoring alarms alerting them to it.

Nine people have been arrested following an investigation into the center where a disturbing pattern of abuse and neglect has surfaced over the course of 5 years. The state attorney general’s office have cataloged 5,000 separate offenses since this time involving staff even up at management level. Patients have been injured, neglected and abused.

Now 7 of the 9 people arrested have been charged in connection with Rios’ death and prosecutors hope that the surveillance tape from the nursing home will put things in light once and for all.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is not an issue that is unheard of in our time. In fact the World Health Organization has condemned elder abuse as a serious issue and major cause of death globally. When the decision is made to place someone in a nursing home, families rely heavily on trained staff including doctors, carers and nurses to protect and rehabilitate their loved ones. So often however the position of trust between medical professionals and patients is broken, as in this tragic case. Brown Wharton & Brothers Nursing Home Law Firm are on hand to help you understand what has happened and how to bring those at fault to justice. They are the leaders in their field providing sensitive and diligent legal advice in a number of different case types.


9 Arrested In L.I. Nursing Home Probe Following Patient’s Death