Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen Globe Staff February 07, 2019 With the 15-year anniversary of his daughter’s disappearance fast approaching, the father of Maura Murray believes her remains are buried in the basement of a Woodsville, N.H., home, close to where the UMass student crashed her car and vanished on the night of Feb. 9, 2004.“The nicest girl in the world just doesn’t have a friend in the world,” Murray’s 76-year-old father, Fred Murray, said in a phone interview Thursday. “I can’t even bring her home and bury her. I got to leave her in somebody’s cold, stinking cellar where she’s been murdered.” Maura Murray, a Hanson, Mass., native, was a 21-year-old nursing student at UMass Amherst when she crashed her 1996 Saturn on a sharp turn on Wild Ammonoosuc Road in Woodsville. When a passerby stopped and offered help, … [Read more...] about Dad wants N.H. authorities to dig for his daughter’s remains
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Frank L. Williams didn't have bedsores when he left Kenmore Mercy Hospital and entered a nursing home for rehabilitation after a stroke. That fact is established in a document detailing his condition when he entered Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns in the Town of Tonawanda. Four months later, when he returned to Kenmore Mercy, the 82-year-old retired ironworker had seven bedsores on the lower half of his body. He died 14 days later from cardiac arrest caused by sepsis – an extreme response to infection – according to his death certificate. Hospital records cite infections from bedsores as the most likely cause of the sepsis. "They told me this is the worst case of bedsores they have ever seen from that nursing home," his son, Mark F. Williams Sr., recalled doctors and nurses telling him in the emergency room. "The sores were black. I'd never seen that before. I was shocked. I thought it was the black plague." Williams' case illustrates how vulnerable individuals who … [Read more...] about After nursing home stay, bedsores lead to man’s agonizing death
A state senator from Niagara County announced Thursday he is proposing a package of bills to protect nursing home residents and improve the care they receive in facilities across the state. State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said that, while he was prompted into action by a series of stories published by The Buffalo News about abuses at local nursing homes, the bills he is proposing were also prompted by complaints he received from constituents who have loved ones in poorly run nursing homes. "I have a couple of facilities in my district and, over the four years that I've been here, it has just sort of been a recurring theme," Ortt said in an interview Thursday with The News. Ortt said it did not seem to him that the state was adequately enforcing its own standards to hold nursing homes accountable. The first bill in his package aims to increase the state's regulatory enforcement capability by requiring the presence of certified, third-party or independent quality monitors at … [Read more...] about Ortt proposing bills to increase state oversight of nursing homes
It’s what you don’t see, smell or hear that separates Elderwood at Lancaster from poorly run nursing homes. There are no pungent odors from incontinence that often are a telltale sign in low-rated nursing homes. The air smells clean. The floors shine. There is no undercurrent of tension. At short-staffed nursing homes, conversations between staff and residents sometimes begin with yells for help and a harried response. At Elderwood, nurses and aides talk and laugh with residents, offering assistance to push a wheelchair or answer a question. And there are few complaints. At some poorly rated local nursing homes, residents complain about the staff forgetting to feed them or leaving them in their own waste for hours. At Elderwood, residents say the staff takes good care of them. Elderwood at Lancaster has the best federal ratings among the 47 nursing homes in Erie and Niagara counties and is one of the top-rated in New York State. The home has received … [Read more...] about How Lancaster’s Elderwood nursing home became one of the best in N.Y.
Patricia Myers suspected the staff at the Buffalo nursing home was not feeding her bedridden husband. When she shaved him, he sometimes tried to eat the shaving cream. "Are you hungry?" she asked. Paralyzed from a degenerative neurological disease, Larry K. Myers managed to yell one of the few words he could still speak: "Yeah!" His wife said she complained repeatedly to the nurses and supervisors at HighPointe on Michigan. But nothing changed. Myers was losing weight and dehydrating. In desperation, Patricia Myers called the New York State Attorney General's Office in 2013. The attorney general began a hidden-camera investigation. The camera recorded workers "walking in and walking out" of the 56-year-Myers' room without helping him, according to attorneys at Brown Chiari, who represent Patricia Myers in a civil lawsuit against HighPointe and Kaleida Health, owner of the nursing home. Certified nursing aides did not give him fluids. He depended on them for not only hydration, but … [Read more...] about A wife’s complaints about nursing home’s neglect led to probe, arrests