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Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Inadequate Care Class Action

This class action alleges that Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Brooklyn, New York, provides its residents with unsafe and inadequate care, largely through inadequate staffing. It brings suit against the owners and operators of the center, Shorefront Operating, LLC, Shorefront Realty, LLC, SentosaCare, LLC, Excelsior Care Group, LLC, and a group of individuals, alleging violations of New York’s Public Health Law.

The class for this action is all persons who live, or lived, at the Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center between December 1, 2014 and the present.

The complaint claims that the Shorefront companies bought the facility in December 2014, splitting Seagate into two entities, the real estate and the nursing home business. At first, SentosaCare handled much of the management and operations, the complaint claims, until it was replaced by Excelsior in 2019.

“Throughout their operation of the Facility,” the complaint alleges, “Defendants have failed to staff a sufficient number of nurses and aides, thereby depriving the Facility’s residents of the level of care required under New York and federal law.”

The complaint alleges that, on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare website, Seagate has a one-star rating in staffing, and that for every quarter between 2013 and the present, it has had either one-star or two-star ratings “for overall staffing and RN staffing.”

The complaint lists a significant number of ways in which the center has provided unsafe or inadequate care for the plaintiff in this action, Rita Skolkin, an 85-year-old resident of Seagate:

  • It alleges she has fallen and suffered bruising, injuries to her ankles, and torn ligaments because staff is not available to help her when she needs to walk.
  • It claims that “staff has failed to help Ms. Skolkin to the restroom in a timely manner, despite her ringing the call bell, forcing Ms. Skolkin to sit in her own waste…”
  • It alleges that Seagate rarely gives her medication on time, sometimes gives her an incorrect dosage, sometimes does not provide her medication at all, and keeps an inadequate supply of it so that it sometimes runs out.
  • It asserts that the “food is cold and is of low nutritional value” and sometimes causes her to throw it up.

The complaint alleges that Seagate “has approximately 360 beds and is operating at a high occupancy rate (above 95%),” so that many other residents there are also receiving unsafe and inadequate care. The complaint cites inadequate help with “basic activities of daily living, like using the bathroom, having incontinence diapers changed, being washed and cleaned, being moved in and out of beds and wheelchairs, and walking with needed assistance.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Public Health

Most Recent Case Event

Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Inadequate Care Complaint

December 16, 2022

This class action alleges that Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Brooklyn, New York, provides its residents with unsafe and inadequate care, largely through inadequate staffing. It brings suit against the owners and operators of the center, Shorefront Operating, LLC, Shorefront Realty, LLC, SentosaCare, LLC, Excelsior Care Group, LLC, and a group of individuals, alleging violations of New York’s Public Health Law.

Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Inadequate Care Complaint

Case Event History

Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Inadequate Care Complaint

December 16, 2022

This class action alleges that Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Brooklyn, New York, provides its residents with unsafe and inadequate care, largely through inadequate staffing. It brings suit against the owners and operators of the center, Shorefront Operating, LLC, Shorefront Realty, LLC, SentosaCare, LLC, Excelsior Care Group, LLC, and a group of individuals, alleging violations of New York’s Public Health Law.

Seagate Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Inadequate Care Complaint
Tags: Nursing Homes, Public Health, Understaffing/Insufficient Care