New York nursing home owner uses shady tactics to expel residents
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
Your parents have taken care of you their entire lives, nurturing you and making sure you always had a roof over your head and food in your stomach. There comes a time in their lives, though, where they can no longer look after themselves and they need constant care. That's when you come through for them, doing your homework and finding a nursing home that will take care of them the way you were taken care of as a child. At least that's what you think.
When that facility you trust engages in abuse of your loved ones, it can be heart wrenching. That abuse can take the form of poor medical care, under medicating, sexual assaults or failing to maintain the property in a safe manner. The residents of one nursing home in New York are unhappy with the way the owner is choosing to run his facility. In fact, this Brooklyn nursing home owner has been attempting to get the residents to leave so he can sell the place. He could get upward of $75 million and he's now resorting to new tactics to get the last of the residents out.
His strategy? Keep the air conditioning off, even in sweltering heat, leaving the elderly men and women to suffer without recourse. A court did rule that that the owner must keep rooms cool in the building.
Even if there is no law on the books that says a building must run the air conditioning, residents and their loved ones who find themselves in a situation like this one can speak with attorneys to get justice.
Source: nypost.com, "Nursing home owner refuses to turn on air conditioning," Lia Eustachewich, June 22, 2015