Submitted by Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy
On February 27, several BAYADA employees, home health care family members and others working toward getting a patient bill of rights passed, gathered at the state house in Boston to meet with legislators. Lisa B. was en-route with her son, an adult home care client in his early 30s, and his son’s nurse. Their goal for the day was to speak with different elected officials about the need for a rate increase for continuous skilled nursing services and to advocate for a patient bill of rights that is making its way through the legislative system toward becoming a law. Just four miles from the state house, Lisa and the nurse saw that her son’s medical condition had changed and they quickly pulled their van over near the outskirts of a public park to help him. He was struggling to breath due to a mucous plug. In addition to this, he had lost control of his bowels. As they pulled off the road, it happened to be near where an undercover police officer was working. Startled by their presence, the officer approached them. It took a bit, but Lisa and the nurse were able to clear the plug and get him back to a normal status. They also changed his clothing and got everything back to normal. The police officer was so motivated to help the family that he provided them with a police escort to the state house. As a result of their dedication to the greater cause of helping people with special medical needs, they were still able to meet with senators and representatives and discuss the importance of home care nursing and the patient bill of rights from the perspective of the family.