Administrator Appointed At Summerhaven Home

February 11, 2016

An Administrator has been appointed for three months to “address concerns” regarding Summerhaven Residential Home for the Physically Challenged, the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment announced this evening.

A spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment announced today that, following extensive dialogue and collaboration with the Registrar General and the Board of the Summerhaven Trust, an Administrator has been appointed for three months to address concerns brought to the Ministry’s and the Registrar’s attention over recent months regarding Summerhaven Residential Home for the Physically Challenged, a private facility.

“The role of the Ministry’s Appointed Administrator will be to ensure that the facility is Registered and in compliance with the Residential Care Homes and Nursing Homes Act 1999.

“This will include meeting registration standards with respect to administrative and clinical personnel, safety, diet, and clinical and administrative records. The Ministry’s Administrator will be in place for three months, starting 16th February 2016 and will ensure a permanent Administrator is appointed by the Board.

“The Ministry is grateful to the Summerhaven Board for its cooperation and looks forward to the facility’s continued operation in full compliance with the law, so it may deliver high quality services to its residents.”

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  1. voltage says:

    This is a unusual act in Bermuda and very important if it means Government is starting to hold services offered through third sector organisations to account. This is a housing organisation that services a special Bermuda population.

    Who is behind this unusual action with this Bermuda Registered Charity #227? How are residents at risk and what are the specific concerns being addressed?

    This is a great opportunity to create some transparency around these actions and publish the financial accounts, board list and strategic plan of this important service – is it appropriately funded, staffed, managed, governed?

    Who is being appointed, what are their terms of reference and how public will this interim solution and report be?

    • Allegedyfuzzyinbda says:

      To answer your question voltage who is behind this unusual action I am going out on a limb to say the residents and staff who have been adversely effected by dictoriat management of the person who wears the hats of Chairman, Administrator and bottle washer.

  2. Mare says:

    It’s about time something was done to investigate the concerns raised by the residents.

    I look forward to learning more about this appointment. The person will need to meet and understand the concerns being raised by the residents; and there are multiple long-term residents who are not happy. The administrator should look closely at the “operations”.

    Are all staff qualified? Are the staff doing their job as required? Is there a qualified nurse on staff? Is the funding being used wisely? Are the office records complete and backup for all expenses on file?

    I await further reports.

  3. clearasmud says:

    @ Voltage I agree with your concerns especially since the Government used to employ a coordinator whose job it was to inspect all homes. It seems odd that they are appointing an administrator versus an investigator who would investigate and report back on the allegations and make recommendations for improvements. It also seems strange that they did not release the name of the interim administrator!