Nursing Home advocates are calling for nursing home reform in New York

Jonathan Hunter
Created: March 25, 2021 11:15 PM

Members from 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East made their voices heard in front of the New York Capitol. Many of those in the crowd worked in nursing homes. They say 2020 was a very challenging year. 

"Due to the fact of the COVID, it took out a lot of our workers. We had to rotate in and out. We were forced to work short-staffed due to the pandemic," said Rushel Marshall, an advanced trained CNA at Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. 

Many say in order to fix the staff shortage problem they need more funding. They are calling on lawmakers to pass legislation that would ensure nursing homes have proper resources.

"We're supporting legislation in the assembly, in the senate and the governor's budget to put 70 percent of the revenue that comes into the homes into patient care and 40 percent in the staff like our members who take direct care in the home," said Greg Speller, Executive Vice President for 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. 

In addition to calling for reforms, the nursing home advocates also took time to remember the more than 15,000 individuals who died in nursing homes from COVID-19 in the state. Crystal Perry is an LPN at Glendale Nursing Home. She says it was tough when she lost a resident. 

 "I didn't think that he would lose his life but he did and it was a hard struggle for him," said Perry. 

Perry is calling on lawmakers to pass the reform. She says this is critical for ensuring they are giving their patients a good quality of life. 

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