Nursing homes will soon have to report agreements with ‘non-arm’s length’ companies | Local news

When asked for an explanation, Jeffrey Jacomowitz, spokesperson for the retirement homes, said everything was in order.

“Buffalo Center and Ellicott Center are in compliance with operational and tax regulations set by the New York State Department of Health,” Jacomowitz said, while declining to elaborate.

Both nursing homes received an overall rating of one star, or “much below average,” by the federal government.

Gail Logan, a resident of Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns, a nursing home in the town of Tonawanda, says that Safire’s hiring of temporary nurses from a related staffing company, the Floral Agency, in a “no-deal” deal. dealing at arm’s length ”is bad for the residents.

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A resident’s perspective

Gail Logan, a seven-year-old resident of Safire Northtowns, said she and other residents frequently suffer indignities due to lack of staff and supplies.

Unable to take care of herself due to cerebral palsy, Logan, 74, said the absence of staff at the nursing home during the night shift has become more common.

“The other night there was no staff on the third floor. People needed their diapers and sheets changed or help with using the bathroom, but no one was there. I was one of them who needed help, ”Logan said.

Even when the Flower Agency’s temporary nurses were recruited, she said inadequate care persisted.

She said hiring temporary workers does not translate into proper care for residents.

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