Day 78 – Whenever there is not much news to report what do I start with? The weather of course, it was a beautiful day on the line, the temperature was just right and the sun was brightly shining.
There was more than the usual amount of members still standing strong on the line, chanting and holding all the signs from the rally.
It looks like the nursing home has a new laundry company which I posted about yesterday as they returned today and delivered more linens.
Today we spoke to Mark L. Kissinger, Deputy Commissioner from the Office of Long Term Care of the New York State Department of Health, he was very receptive to us and assured us that the DOH is looking very closely at the nursing home. He welcomed us to call him anytime we have questions or concerns and told us that he has spoken to several elected officials including Jeffrey Dinowitz. He stated that they misplaced our FOIL request letter but would get us the information we need as soon as possible. I am sure we will be contacting him again in the very near future.
It is very important for everyone that has first hand knowledge of any complaints inside the home to file a complaint with the authority below. This is a 24 hour hotline, you don’t have to wait till tomorrow!
Nursing Home Patient Care Complaints
Centralized Complaint Intake Program
161 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, New York 12054
Anyone who has a relative in the nursing home or anyone who sees any infraction should be compelled to file a complaint. Although this is not an anonymous complaint you must make these complaints in order for things to go back to normal.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
I found an interesting article in the Daily News today about another nursing home owner in the Bronx that was convicted of medicaid fraud and was forced to pay restitution of $7.2 million dollars. Someone already posted a comment on the article that the Attorney General should look at Kingsbridge, seems like we are not the only ones who think there is something rotten going on at Kingsbridge.
Don’t forget if you have complaints, please don’t be afraid to call 1-888-201-4563 and report them. We are here if you need help, just ask.
You can download a Nursing Home Complaint Flyer here with all the complaint hotline information.
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!