An employee of a Cheektowaga nursing facility has been accused of falsifying a patient’s records to conceal her failure to provide care, according to the State Attorney General’s Office.
Alissa DiBello, 20, of Lancaster, a certified nursing assistant at Elderwood Health Care at Maplewood, was arraigned Wednesday on two felony counts of falsifying business records. She pleaded not guilty during her appearance before Cheektowaga Town Justice Dennis A. Delano.
The felony complaint states that DiBello was assigned to provide care for a 70-year-old man who suffers from dementia and Parkinson’s disease during her shift on April 20.
Because he’s at risk for falling, the man’s individual care plan requires him to be buckled into his wheelchair, with an attached alarm that will sound if the buckle is unfastened. The extent of his care also requires two staff members to transfer him between his bed and wheelchair, as well as for toileting.
The night of April 20, a nurse discovered the man on the floor with his wheelchair tipped over and on top of him; the chair alarm wasn’t sounding and was found to be in the “off” position, the complaint states.
Though DiBello had made two electronic entries – at 2:19 and 7:08 p.m. – indicating that she provided toileting care, she admitted in writing to the nursing director that the entries were false and that she didn’t take care of the man until after his fall, the complaint states.
If found guilty as charged, DiBello could face up to four years in prison.