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Breaking: State Health Department On Site at Niagara Rehab After 7 Eyewitness News Investigation

State Probe Follows Jerry Carroll's Death
Posted at 6:18 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 18:18:37-05

One day after 7 Eyewitness News Investigates told you about the death of Jerry Carroll at Niagara Rehabilitation & Health Center, state authorities came to the Niagara Falls nursing home to investigate.

Carroll’s grieving family was encouraged to hear that inspectors from the State Department of Health showed up to the Cedar Avenue nursing home with state troopers in tow.

One resident told us staff members looked nervous with all the new visitors. Carroll’s family said the retired Delphi employee died after nursing home staff neglected his stomach pain and refused to take him to the hospital.

The nursing home denied any claims of neglect and suggested that Carroll died from natural causes.

Also today, 7 Eyewitness News received a call from another suffering Niagara Rehab resident who says that our story and the resulting investigation from the state could not have come soon enough.

Watch the video above to hear the resident’s voice. We are withholding the source’s identity because the source fears retribution from nursing home staff.

“And it's breaking my heart because I see these people that...well, they're gonna die,” the source said. “And...these people don't deserve to live like this before they die. They don't. It's worse than people think it is here. I mentally can't take it here. The nightmares that I'm having right now from this place are bad. And I've got to live with this for the rest of my life and I don't know how I'm gonna.”

Wondering what you need to know about nursing homes in your area? To look at staffing levels and other key information, check out the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare website by clicking here. You can also view a nursing home's profile on the State Health Department website.

Click here to read our original investigation of Niagara Rehab & Nursing.

Are you a current or former nursing home worker or patient? Do you know of a nursing home that needs to be investigated? Email Charlie Specht at charlie.specht@wkbw.com.