Ten employees from Blossom North charged with neglecting disabled resident

Updated: 03/25/2014 5:23 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 11:33 AM WHEC.com

Ten employees of a local nursing and rehabilitation center are accused of neglecting a double amputee patient. News10NBC is hearing from the patient’s son.

The employees are facing felony and misdemeanor charges. They all worked at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Portland Avenue.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the six nurses and four nursing assistants were caught on a hidden camera in the patient's room, displaying a disturbing pattern of neglect. The attorney general says they lied on documents to conceal the behavior.

Those nurses and aides are accused of leaving Miguel Pibon, who was a double amputee, in his bed for hours at a time, not giving medications and even leaving him in feces. He passed away a week ago after 15 years at Blossom North. His son is sharing his story so it doesn’t happen to other families.

Miguel Pibon had type-two diabetes, suffered from paralysis after a stroke, was a double amputee and had a number of other medical problems. His son, Angel, says after his father lost his legs, he began to notice serious problems with his care.

Angel Pibon said, “He didn't complain to me, because he didn't want me to worry. I think the breaking point was there was one day where I walked into his room and I smelled my dad, a few doors down. I could smell the feces, but I didn't think anything of it being a nursing home. When I walked into his room, I could literally smell it, like it was him.”

That’s when Angel called the attorney general’s office. They started investigating Blossom North. They placed hidden cameras in Pibon’s room. Angel hasn’t seen what is on the video, but he does know ten employees were charged.

Pibon said, “I always think, they should think, what if it was your dad there? Wouldn't you want the proper care for him?”

Fifteen years of Miguel Pibon’s life at the nursing home fits into three boxes, but there is one box that means the most to Angel. It contains his father’s ashes, rosary and two things he always loved, Pepsi and his troll doll. Angel says he will now be his father’s voice.

Pibon said, “I just want him to know that it is getting taken care off.”

Pibon says he will be at court Friday when the 10 people are arraigned. 

Statement from Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

The management and staff at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are committed to providing the highest level quality of care.  The facility makes every effort to ensure resident services provided are in compliance with State health and Federal standards.

Resident safety is and will continue to be our primary focus.  Whenever a concern is identified by the staff, appropriate regulatory officials are contacted as required by law.

Blossom North has and will continue to fully assist and cooperate with any and all regulatory agencies during this investigation.

-Frank Iannucci, Chief Operations Officer

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