Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents’ Rights Month. Residents’ Rights Month is an annual event held in October to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect and the value of long-term care residents. This year’s theme is, “Connection Matters” which emphasizes connections to family, friends, and to the community as an essential component of good health and quality of life for residents. The months of restrictions on visitation in long-term care facilities and the inability of residents, families, and friends to be together during the coronavirus pandemic has emphasized the importance of connection, of relationships, and the impact they have on all of our well-being. For more information visit the National Consumer Voice.
See how some of our Ombudsmen across the state are reaching out to connect with residents, letting them know we are still here to advocate for them though this difficult time.
Connie Payne, Amy Winburn and Jan Badgett with Council of Churches of the Ozarks
Donna Wobbe and Ronda Giger with Aging Best
Emily Smith with Aging Matters
Becky Caldwell with Young @ Heart Resources
Melody Elston with MARC
Chien Hung with VOYCE
Jenny Hollandsworth, State Ombudsman
Lindsay Luebbering, Assistant State Ombudsman
Kayla Curry, Assistant State Ombudsman
Janet Owens with State Office