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DOH Equipment Waivers: Approaches to Submitting the DOH Waivers for Enabler Bars, Hospital Beds, and ½ Side Rails

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This webinar is open to ESAAL Members & Non-members

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 11:00am-12:30pm


Per DAL 19-08, released April 9, 2019, enabler bars, hospital beds, and ½ side rails have been removed from the equivalency list rendering them full waivers requiring approval by DOH.  Throughout the latter part of 2019 and the subsequent pandemic, in discussion with ESAAL and other associations, DOH representatives agreed that Operators should prepare the waivers but hold them on-site.  The DOH has recently stated that Operators should now be submitting them to their Regional Office.

In this session the presenter will share guidance on preparing and submitting these waivers, what supporting documentation is required, and the necessary elements to satisfy DOH expectations.  She will also provide samples of helpful tools, such as staff training, installation and safety check documentation, that can be adapted to your organization.

She will address the following topics:

  • What equipment is subject to the waiver
  • Conditions for use of the equipment
  • Requirements of documentation from the Medical Provider
  • Completion of the Waiver Request-Equivalency Notification (DOH-4235)
  • Supporting documentation
  • Recent requests by DOH for edits and revisions

Presented by: Kathy Sindoni, RN, BSN, CLNC, Substantial Compliance Consulting Group

Headshot photo of Kathy Sindoni

Kathy A. Sindoni, RN, BSN, CLNC has been a registered nurse for 25 years and has been professionally engaged in the assisted living network since 2001. She is the owner and chief consultant of Substantial Compliance Consulting Group, which provides professional assisted living service consultation and serves residences in various regions throughout New York State. As a consultant, Kathy provides assistance with regulatory compliance, DOH surveillance, quality assurance, team building, and many other such services. She is also a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant providing assistance to operators and/or attorneys on the medical or operational aspects of their cases. Kathy previously served as the Administrator and Case Manager of Bridges Cornell Heights, in Ithaca, New York from 2005-2013. Bridges became the first licensed EALR in NYS in April 2008. Additionally, Kathy serves on ESAAL’s Assisted Living Services Committee which acts as an advisory panel to the organization's Board of Directors. She has also served on the Department of Health EALR workgroup.

Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
CEU’s: 1.5 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $40 ESAAL Members, $80 Non-Members


Advance registration is required.

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Online space is limited to the first 250 attendees online (not the first 250 people who register); more than 250 people may still join, but by phone only.  If you try to join the webinar, but it tells you the session is full, you can still listen via phone.  There will be minimal slides, so you will not miss any information if you join by phone only! 

Contact Cara Groff, CMP with questions: [email protected]

 Cara Groff, CMP, Event Coordinator: [email protected]