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More Blossom North families come forward

Rochester, N.Y. - Another local family said they witnessed neglect at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and they believe its gone on for years.

In 2012 Denise Sumeriski suffered a series of strokes that paralyzed the right of her body. Her husband Douglas Sumeriski said, It was very painful to me because I was used to seeing her with me and doing things.

In need of constant care, Sumeriski made the difficult decision to move his 55-year-old wife to Blossom North where she stayed for about a month.

"It wasnt fit for nobody I wouldnt have put anybody in there, I wouldnt have put them in there." Sumeriski said.

Every day he visited his wife and every day Sumeriski said he complained to management.

"It seemed like you were telling somebody something and it went in one ear and out the other, like these people arent human beings," Sumeriski said.

Concerned for his wife's safety and well being, Sumeriski said he knew he had to get his wife out of there.

"She would call many times and say would you and Emily come and get me and be crying and even screaming 'ow, Im hurting.'"

According to the family, Denise was left in dirty diapers for several hours on-end and she wasnt administered the correct doses prescribed medication, often not getting the medicine at all.

Denise's daughter Emily Schramm said, "The diapers, the medication thing you know Id ask her mom have they got you out of bed today and shed be like 'no.'"

The family decided to bring Denise back home, where Sumeriski now takes care of his wife full-time.

"We fought and fought and thank god she is still here," Schramm said. "Because you know if my mom was still there that could have been her, she could have been another victim."

 

 
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