Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo
We Demand Change at Absolut Care of Aurora Park
https://buffalonews.com/2019/02/08/protest-planned-at-east-aurora-nursing-home-but-it-has-fans-too/ “For four years, the Absolut nursing home has been one of the lowest-rated in Erie and Niagara counties and among the lowest-rated in New York. The federal government’s overall rating for the facility was one star, or "much below average," every month for four years until last month. Only a handful of the 620 nursing homes in the state had worse ratings in recent years than Absolut at Aurora Park when all five criteria in the five-star rating system are considered.” -The BuffaloNews I pulled my father from this facility on 12.26.18 after two months of fighting for basic human needs which were not being met. Had he stayed there I am 100% sure he would have died. My heart aches for the victims stuck in this facility who do not have anyone to advocate for them. They do not get a say and are stuck in a nightmare. They deserve better. We need safer staffing ratios. We need local owners in the non-profet model. We need care and compassion for the elderly and vulnerable. They are human beings, not dollar signs.
Petition to United States Department of Labor, President of the United States
Increase wages of certified nursing assistants to a minimum of 16 dollars an hour.
Certified nursing assistants are a vital part of the health care industry. We are the eyes and ears, we are the back bone, and we deserve a higher wage. CNAs interact more with patients/ residents than any other entity in the field. We are the ones in their rooms, answering their calls, taking them to the bathroom, cleaning them up, feeding them, helping them in all daily aspects of their lives. We do the dirty, back breaking work yet receive none of the praise. A registered nurses avarage salary is a starting wage of 29 dollars an hour to about 42 per hour. Most CNAs make 10 to 13 dollars an hour. Yet we work side by side? Now I understand that RNs have more training, and liability. I love my nurses. Nurses are a very special kind of people it takes so much love and heart to do what they do. As I stated we work side by side and I do love and appericate them. However we do a majority of the one on one patient work. We also watch the patients and report changes to the nurses that they themselves do not see because they are not in the rooms with these patients. We are trained in basic life saving. We also typically work short with one CNA to 20 sometimes 4o patients. So essentially patients lives our in our hands. We choose this field because of our love for caring for people. Yet most leave the field due to an unlivable wage. Yet hospitals and nursing homes can't figure out why they have such a high turn over of CNAs. Currently a cashier on avarage makes more money than CNAs. Its time for this to change. Let the politicians and CEO of these facilities know that CNAs deserve more.
Petition to Dade Phelan, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Dade Phelan, John Cornyn
Stricter oversight, accountability and penalties for nursing homes in Texas.
Texas ranks last in the nation for nursing home care according to a May 14, 2015 article in the Houston Chronicle. "Fifty-one percent of the state's 1,193 nursing homes that receive Medicare or Medicaid earned only one or two stars out of a five-star rating system, compliled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services." This is an abomination for any state in the U.S., much less for Texas where we supposedly do things bigger and better! Our "Texas Pride" should shine as the brightest light in the long term care industry, not the dimmest. Our most vulnerable and weakest citizens of our great state deserve much better. "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats it's weakest members." ~Mahatma Gandhi
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Ralph Northam, Donald Trump, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Barbara Comstock, Mark R. Herring
Prevent Hospitals from Seeking Guardianship As Means 2 Override Patient Rights
Anastasia on Facebook I used to think all the talk about "murder boards" in hospitals was a fallacy. However based on recent family events sadly they are true. Currently there is not a law that prevents hospitals from seeking guardianship as a means to override a patients rights to dispute discharge or treatment decisions. While there are specific instances where taking guardianship of a patient is not only advisable but is absolutely necessary when life is threatened, such as in the case of minors who need a life saving treatment but the parents refuse to allow it due to personal values or religious beliefs; however even those instances should be few and far between. Instances like those that have happened to our family the last few weeks, where a parent, family member who holds a legally executed power of attorney and stands 'in loco parentis' for an incapacitated family member can have their powers summarily and arbitrarily suspended or terminated because they disagree with a hospitals decision not to treat a condition because a doctor perceives the patient has no quality of life because they suffer from a brain injury and feels the person "would not want to live that way" should never happen! Quality of life is something that cannot possibly be known or measured with the limited and superficial contact that occurs in a hospital setting and is something best left to the patient and those closest to them. To have strangers come in and forcibly tear you from your loved ones, to abduct your person, because that is exactly what this is - an abduction - is terrifying for a person with a brain injury and other such patients. It is terrifying for an incapacitated person who has relied heavily on and whose life, happiness and well-being has depended on a family member that it is so inextricably intertwined it is impossible to separate one existence from the other without creating great psychological and emotional harm and trauma. I can say this because I have had to watch my sister whimper and cry out in fear since guardianship of her was awarded to Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians. I have had to watch the expression of fear on her face while being told lawyers would now be her guardians and that I no longer had control over where she lived, who would be caring for her, what medications she could or could not be given, or treatments she would or would receive. I did not and could not tell her these same two lawyers also had the authority to place her in clinical trials, and had the authority to dispose of her remains how they saw fit. When Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians removed her from the hospital without notifying a single family member I had to watch the expression on sadness and bewilderment at seemingly having been abandoned when I walked in six hours later because it took our Virgnia State Delegate making calls to locate her because Inova had ordered their nursing staff to not give me any health information, just as they chosen to ignore my power of attorney before we went to court. I have had to watch her being over medicated and suffering while her guardians were missing in action because they signed papers to have her sent to a substandard nursing facility and then went out of town for several days. I have had to physically clamp off my sisters feeding tube to prevent her from being given three sedating medications directly after giving her morphine because a nurse said she could not give my sister her regular medications when she would normally get them because their “protocol” only allowed them to give her medication at 9:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm. Which means she was receiving a massive dose of 600mg of Neurontin, 2mg of Klonopin, and 10mg of Ambien on top of morphine in an 8 hour period! Now maybe it’s just me, but you do not administer those medications, at those doses to a 5’2” 108lb female unless you are trying to put her into a coma or kill her. Stand with our family if you believe this is egregious and sign our petition to not only stop Inova Fairfax Hospital from killing or intentionally putting our sister in danger and to STEP ASIDE and let Anastasia's family care for her as they always have done; but to have legislation put in place to prevent this from every happening to anyone else's child or loved one every again!! Here is is a link to the meeting and the Inova Fairfax Casemanagement team. https://youtu.be/VxMFP-o-p6U