A Proposal for Discussion: the Board of Visitors
In order to assure that something as disruptive as this strike does not happen again, we are proposing a way to monitor what is going on inside the walls of the Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitative and
Any member of the Board of Visitors of an NH facility may visit and inspect such facility at any time ….the board shall have the power to investigate all charges against the director and all cases of alleged patient abuse or mistreatment…..in conducting such an investigation, the board shall have the power, in accordance with the civil practice law and rules, to subpoena witnesses, compel their testimony,….and require the production of any books or records deemed relevant to the investigation.
The composition of the Board of Visitors would be neighborhood people (as modeled after the early OMRDD group home Advisory Boards), union workers and some family representatives.
Next topic: Standards for Nursing Home Management. After listening to the interview on Bronx Talk, it is scary to think about what was said. Can you imagine that there are no required staff ratio’s and that some NY homes operate with minimal staff, others require families to provide aides to care for the patient? We need to talk about what kind of standards we need and how we can monitor this soon to be another “Nursing Home Scandal.”