A home health aide from Middle Island who used to work at the now-shuttered John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility has been charged with endangering and neglecting a nursing home resident, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said Thursday.
Jolly Stewart, 55, was working at the Suffolk County facility in August 2012 when she tried to move a quadriplegic patient from a wheelchair to a bed using a mechanical lift, but did it without help from a staff member as required in the patient's care plan, the attorney general's office said.
The patient, a 57-year-old woman, fell to the floor during the attempted move, resulting in a 5-inch-long cut on her head, a fractured knee and bruises on her heel and buttocks, Schneiderman said in a news release.
When questioned later about the incident, Stewart denied transferring the patient alone and said the woman caused the bar on the mechanical lift to strike her on the head by her own movements, Schneiderman said.
The attorney general said Stewart wrote in the patient's record that all care had provided in accordance with the woman's plan.
"Short-circuiting a patient care plan puts patients in physical danger and is a crime," Schneiderman said.
Stewart was arraigned Thursday on two felony counts of first-degree falsifying business records, and misdemeanor charges of willful violation of health laws and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. If convicted, Stewart faces up to 4 years in prison.
She was released without bail after the arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip, records show.