HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Shrewsbury as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.
Mutual aid — See Ch. 35.
[Adopted 4-4-2016 by Ord. No. 1025]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- NURSING OR ASSISTED LIVING HOME OR FACILITIES
- Any licensed health care facility, hospital, institution, care center, convalescent home, old-age home, nursing home, assisted living facility, and any other establishment or institution for the care, treatment, lodging or nursing of persons who are mentally ill or mentally deficient or acutely or chronically ill, or who are crippled, convalescent, infirm or in any way afflicted, or who resided therein for any purpose whatsoever.
All nursing or assisted living homes within the Borough of Shrewsbury shall be and are hereby required to have immediately available a private ambulance service or a private van-type vehicle suitable to be used as an ambulance for the conveyance of nonambulatory as well as emergency patients as the need arises. All nursing and assisted living facility homes shall also have a backup or secondary service for such transportation needs.
All nursing and assisted living homes shall file proof of the adequate availability of such emergency ambulance or equivalent-type carrier service with the office of the Borough Clerk on or before July 1, 2016. Such detailed proof will include the details of the ambulance or van-type vehicle available to the nursing or assisted living homes as required by this section, including the names, addresses, telephone numbers and contact person as to both the primary and backup or secondary services for such transportation needs. Further, the nursing or assisted living homes shall update this filing with the Borough Clerk at any time when there is a change with regard to service and on or before January 1 of each and every year thereafter.
All nursing or assisted living facilities within the Borough of Shrewsbury shall prominently post at the emergency desk of each nursing or assisted living facility and such other places as may be appropriate in the particular nursing or assisted living home (so that calls may be promptly and accurately made to the appropriate service) with name, telephone numbers as well as the methodology for employees or other persons manning the facility to contact the transportation service.
Any person or entity violating any of the provisions of this article, including the provision of filing the details and proof of the availability of such emergency vehicles to the nursing and assisted living home and the requirement to post the information to insure that nursing and assisted living home personnel are cognizant of the procedure to contact the transportation services, shall be liable to pay a fine as set forth below for each offense.
In the event that the nursing or assisted living home does not substantially follow the methodology set forth in this article with regard to a primary and secondary contact for transportation arrangements but rather knowingly contacts the Shrewsbury First Aid Squad for such transportation, the First Aid Agency may file a complaint in the Municipal Court against owner of the entity, and the penalty in such event will be a fine of $500 dollars for the first violation and a minimum of $1,000 for each violation thereafter where the facility has not worked to remedy noncompliance with the methodology set forth in this article.