Concerns about Covid-19 protocols in Saratoga Co. nursing home

Emily Burkhard
Created: January 21, 2021 11:45 PM

SARATOGA COUNTY - The pandemic has been a challenge for people with loved ones in residential facilities. Especially as more residents and staff test positive for Covid-19.

Stacy Maller viewer tells us she has serious concerns about the care her father is receiving in a Saratoga County nursing home.

She’s even called in the New York State Department of Health, Saratoga County Health Department and the sheriff’s office to investigate.

"I feel like he's in prison and he has no rights, I have no rights,” Maller said. “There's nothing we can do."

Maller said her 87-year-old father fell and broke his hip in October. He's been at The Wesley Community for rehab for about two months.

Two weeks ago, he tested positive for coronavirus. Maller said his symptoms have been mild.

On January 6, NewsChannel 13 reported that 73 Wesley Health Care residents and 37 staff members had tested positive.

On Thursday, Wesley CEO Brian Nealon said 37 residents and 11 employees are currently positive.

Though the numbers have come down, Maller believes the outbreak created staffing issues, which have affected the level of care her father is receiving.

"At some points I've been told there's one nurse on and two CNA's for an entire floor of people, could be 30 to 40 people,” she said. "Since he's been there he has gotten I think 4 to 5 very serious pressure wounds and that's from not being moved enough and being kept in the bed too much…He also has a Foley catheter that has been in him for the entire time he's been there. It's never been changed and what 9 to 10 weeks."

The statement Nealon issued said "The affected residents are receiving comprehensive care from dedicated and certified staff who are following the highest level of health and safety protocols."

It also said, “The Wesley Center received zero deficiencies following a routine visit from the New York State Department of Health on Wednesday, January 20. This marked the fifth such visit from the Department of Health since the start of the pandemic without incident."

Still, Maller said as soon as her father tests negative for the virus, she wants the staff at Wesley to examine and release him.

“To give me an idea of what he'll need to come home and help me set that up with Medicaid so I can prepare him to come home and be here and get some sort of physical therapy support, nursing support, and home care support,” she said.

Nealon said, “The Wesley Community is committed to transparency and has provided regular updates to residents, families and staff on any and all developments related to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.”

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