NY State Senator calls on ‘immediate’ and ‘dramatic’ changes to nursing home industry

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UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — From Monday through next week, the New York State Senate will be conducting hearings regarding nursing homes and the covid-19 pandemic. On Monday, State Senator Joseph Griffo called for a complete review and potential overhaul of the nursing home industry.

“The hearings give us a good starting point there has to be state action because there is state involvement to a certain extent but the industry itself also has to reform,” says Griffo.

Throughout the course of the covid-19 pandemic, the nursing home industry has faced a number of fiscal and operational challenges. “It is imperative right now for something that cost so much and gives so little to these people who are most vulnerable to really re-exam and to restructure. We want to see that done in a number of ways. It can be done through services that they deliver to the visitation that has to be and coordinated with the state. Right now in our Department of Health— we’re asking to revise that because that type of interaction between family and resident is so important,” says Griffo.

The bill (S3786) would allow for allow a patient or their family to have an electronic monitoring device such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home installed in his or her room at the expense of the individual or their family. The legislation, which is in the Senate’s Health Committee, would allow families to stay connected to their loved ones and ensure that they are receiving the proper care that they deserve. “You would use technology to make that available to families if they are so inclined and interested that they can place these devices within their families room,” says Griffo.

Griffo says this is not going to be easy…it is going to be a challenge, but this would be the first step in creating change. “This is the time and opportunity for us to look at everything differently and to implement things that will be beneficial to the people who are living there,” says Griffo.

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