Police called to a 'lack of staff' complaint at Onondaga Center nursing home

MANLIUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Manlius Police have been called to a nursing home for several complaints of "a lack of staff" on the premises.

Officers were called to the Onondaga Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing around 7:06 p.m. on Friday.

Police say they assessed the situation and determined that no one was in need of immediate medical assistance.

The facility was formerly known as "The Crossings."

Some viewers have contacted NewsChannel 9 with their concerns.

Josie Smith's husband is a patient in the facility. She told NewsChannel 9, "Many of these patients are two assist, which means they need two people to safely get them in and out of bed, too and from the commode, and so forth. Some of them need to be fed. When you have 40 people on a wing and you have one or two people [nurses], it's not even a possible situation. They're only human beings. They can only do so much."

Manlius Police are writing a report and will forward it to the New York State Health Department. 

"The Department of Health has been informed that one staff member at Onondaga Center left the facility unexpectedly today. We are in contact with the facility and there are sufficient staff on duty to care for the residents.  The Department will continue to monitor the facility throughout the weekend," the state health department said in a statement. 

We also reached out to the Onondaga Center. They sent the following statement, "The Onondaga Center in Minoa is operating under NY State mandated number of staff at all times under the State mandated hours of nursing.  All strategic nursing home facilities need to have a certain amount of nurses on shift at particular times during the day.  Onondaga Center is no different."

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