Residents left in the cold and dark without food after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City. Because of the nursing home's failures, residents were evacuated without I.D. or medicine sheets. Two weeks after the hurricane, one resident is still lost somewhere in the shelter system.
As New York City nursing homes in low lying areas and near the ocean front stockpiled days worth of food and water, flashlights, batteries and emergency lanterns, days of patients’ medicines, and prepared for possible evacuations in the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy, one nursing home in Rockaway Park, Queens, Promenade Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, was different.
When the storm hit with a fierceness not seen in at least 80 years, the outlier nursing home wasn’t ready.
Promenade’s emergency generator failed because it had not been properly sheltered from flood waters. It had little food and water. Residents were not ready to be evacuated. Instead, they were cold, hungry and trapped in darkness, cared for by a skeleton staff even though the state had ordered all affected nursing homes to over-staff for the storm.
Promenade’s management was not in contact with state regulators and allegedly failed to return multiple calls from those regulators in the storm's aftermath.
After a day is the cold and darkness, the Promenade’s residents were finally evacuated, but the residents’ medical records often did not go with them.
Evacuated Promenade residents, many with dementia, some possibly on ventilators, were scattered among several shelters. The sickest among them were eventually placed in a nursing home outside New York City.
Because of Promenade’s alleged negligence, it took days for many of the residents to be identified and for their proper medications to be identified and administered to them.
At least one Promenade resident is still lost in the evacuation system because Promenade allegedly failed to properly evacuate her with her medical record and I.D.
This isn’t the fist time Promenade has allegedly failed its residents, but it is the first time state regulators are apparently ready to take serious action against Promenade and its owners – Moses Vogel, his son Solomon Vogel, and their
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[Hat Tip: Devorah, MO.]