Day 104 – Today was just one of those nice spring days where it is not too hot or cold, the sun was shining, the strikers were singing and all was pretty peaceful except for the fact the nursing home thinks the sidewalk is there own private parking area.
Not only the sidewalk but you can clearly see one of their cars is parked on the street where there is no parking. Why is it that they can park but once again we as residents can’t? Also why don’t any of these cars that are parked here illegally receive summonses? You already know that we have a posted police officer here 24 hours a day, you can even see in the below picture the police car is in the background of the illegally parked cars.
This is not just a “I dropped a package off and left” this one car on the street has been here all day. This is not the first time I photographed this car breaking the law either. Not only are the nursing home staff breaking the law but so is their security team, you can see the supervisors car below sticking out of the parking lot onto the sidewalk as well.
Speaking of the security guards, most of them a nice mild mannered people that do their job and don’t get involved with us at all. However this one particular security guard thinks he can tell me what to do.
I was told by this one security guard that I am not allowed to take pictures of the area surrounding the nursing home because there is a standing order and he is a security guard. Now of course I had to set him straight and now once again I am stating here in black and white that there are now laws that prohibit me or the union from taking pictures on the PUBLIC street. If you are on the street you give up your right to privacy and can be photographed at anytime. Also let us not forget, it is the nursing home and their employees including the security guards which are not allowed to video tape the strike activities.
Next time you see me snapping a picture, why not smile instead of trying to fight a battle that you will lose.
I heard today that there are signs in the nursing home that tell everyone to not speak to anyone outside, funny as I happened to catch Martin (mr. scab) trying to make nice with the striking members. (sorry for the blurry image)
Since I posted this a bit late I was able to find this new article in the NY Daily News today. It appears that even more family members are speaking out against the care their relatives are receiving in the nursing home.
“The staff doesn’t know how to change her,” said Viera.
What’s that about? Isn’t that the first thing the staff should know how to do? If you read the whole article another family member stated the same thing and also stated that she removed her mother from the nursing home when a serious fall left her with a gash on her head.
As for the Department of Healths comments,
“As part of our ongoing monitoring of the facility, we are giving the report careful review,” said DOH spokesman Jeffrey Hammond.
Records show that between January 2005, and September 2007, the DOH received 44 complaints about the facility, prompting nine inspections that resulted in only one citation.
Hammond said problems should be reported to the State Nursing Home Hotline, (888) 201-4563, and that all complaints are investigated.
So let’s get this straight, they received 44 complaints but only inspected 9 of them? What about the other 35? Also on 1 citation was written on 44 complaints? There is something very wrong with this picture, why doesn’t anyone else see it? We as a community need to push for stronger facility monitoring and have the standards changed to a higher level that does not allow our elderly to lie in their own excrement without anyone taking notice. Don’t you think we owe it to these people, some of whom have no one to stand up for them? It is time for a change, time for reform, call your elected officials and make your feelings known.
Surprise, surprise… The nursing home did not return calls for comments, what else is new. They don’t have time to comment on important issues but yet find the time to come here and volley insults back and forth.
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!