Centers Health Care, the company that has bought nursing homes around the region in recent years, is under fire for its care of residents at a nursing home it owns in Schenectady.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady published an article earlier this week about loved ones of residents raising concerns about treatment at Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

As resident families did at the company's Warren Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing last year, they complained that the decline in care began after Centers Health Care took over. Many of the questions seem to relate to staff numbers, as we have heard at Warren Center.

(Centers' defense has been that it accepts sicker residents, and more rehabilitation residents, than the county did when it owned the Warren County home.)

A track record of similar problems at other homes run by Centers Health Care had prompted a significant pushback from opponents of the Warren County nursing home, but the county sold anyway. A number of supervisors are now getting the complaints from loved ones of residents, but there is little they can do at this point.

It's the state that keeps approving sales of nursing homes to Centers Health Care, despite the dropping federal ratings and problems that seem to occur at their facilities.

-- Don Lehman

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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