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Long-term care residents honored during Residents’ Rights Month

Residents' Rights Month is October 2015

Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff, and friends, come together to honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating National Residents’ Rights Month in October. Designated by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, this month highlights the importance of listening to residents who live in our country’s nursing homes and rest homes.

National Residents Rights MonthCARE Matters

The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2015 is "CARE Matters,” with the goal of highlighting quality care.

“The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law guarantees the rights of all residents. These rights include the right to participate in one’s own care, the right to make independent choices, and rights to dignity, respect and freedom, among other important rights that emphasize quality care,” said Richard Gelula, Executive Director of Consumer Voice.

Residents who have made their home in long-term care facilities maintain their rights as US Citizens. The Nursing Home Reform Law, passed in 1987, guarantees nursing home residents additional rights, including but not limited to: individualized care, respect, dignity, the right to visitation, the right to privacy, the right to complain, and the right to make independent choices. Residents’ Rights Month raises awareness about these rights and pays tribute to the unique contributions of long-term residents.

“Residents’ Rights Month is an excellent opportunity to re-affirm our collective commitment to residents’ rights and to honor long-term care residents,” said Gelula. “We want to recognize that residents deserve quality care.”

Our volunteer Ombudsmen support residents' rights

Trevor BoedingLong-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director Trevor Boeding“Long-term care residents have the right to voice their concerns with facility staff without fear of retaliation and can expect prompt efforts to resolve issues promptly,” stated Trevor Boeding, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director at LifePath. “It is important that residents know that they do not have to be alone in this process.”

Residents and other involved parties may direct questions or concerns about residents’ rights, quality of care, and quality of life issues to their local Ombudsman volunteer, who visits weekly. Individuals may also direct contact Trevor at LifePath, 413.773.5555, Ext. 2241, for information, support, and advocacy services. Learn more about the program at www.lifepathma.org.

Franklin County Home Care would like to share a big “Thank you!” to our local Ombudsman volunteers for working to make Residents’ Rights Month meaningful for all involved.