This tip sheet from Consumer Voice provides suggestions, directly from consumers, to have a successful move from the nursing home back into your community.
LTCOP Rule: Supporting Person-Centered Advocacy- Complaint Investigations and Abuse Reporting
The National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) hosted the first webinar of a two-part series on the LTCOP Rule. Speakers included, Louise Ryan, Ombudsman Program Specialist, Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, AoA/ACL; Carol Scott, Ombudsman Specialist, National Ombudsman Resource Center; and Jan Brown, Ombudsman Specialist PA Department of Aging.
The objectives of this webinar were to:
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Updated Fact Sheet on Rights of Resident Councils
Consumer Voice has updated our fact sheet "The Rights of Resident Councils in Nursing Homes." The Nursing Home Reform Law was the landmark legislation for federal standards for nursing home care. The Act guarantees nursing home residents a number of important rights, including the right to form and hold regular private meetings of an organized group called a resident council. This updated fact sheet provides specifics on the rights the federal law guarantees. Access the fact sheet here.
Penny Shaw Writes About Trauma-Informed Care
Nursing home resident and advocate Penny Shaw published a blog in Primary Care Progress on trauma-informed primary care. Penny speaks about the stress of a dramatic life change like transitioning into a nursing home. She calls for primary care physicians to use a trauma-informed approach for diagnosis and treatment by looking for signs of trauma and asking residents about their mood and experience with the transition. She also highlights the need to avoid unnecessary drugs to treat trauma and the importance of connecting physical, cognitive, mental and behavioral health. Continue Reading here.
Consumer Voice Joint Statement on Abuse and Neglect of Nursing Home Residents
Consumer Voice, with the Long Term Care Community Coalition, Center for Medicare Advocacy, and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, issued a joint statement in response to the recent reports exposing abuse and neglect in nursing homes across the country. The statement urges that more - not less - accountability is needed to ensure the safety and dignity of vulnerable nursing home residents. A substantial body of evidence shows the need for stronger accountability for nursing home resident safety. Read the statement here.
New York and Chicago
On June 22, retailer Henri Bendel will host an evening of sips, sweets and shopping at its New York flagship store and its Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, to benefit AFA. Attendees will receive 15 percent off all full-priced purchases and Henri Bendel will donate 10 percent of event proceeds to AFA. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. at the New York store and from 6-9 at the Chicago store. Click the links above for details and locations.
Join AFA's Phone-Based Support Groups
AFA is offering two telephone support groups for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. The first, an ongoing group that is general in nature, is suitable for most caregivers and meets on Monday nights, from 7-8 p.m. EDT. The second is a new group, specifically-tailored to adults whose parents have Alzheimer's disease. This group meets Wednesday afternoons from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Each group is facilitated by one of AFA's licensed social workers and registration is required. To learn more, call our national toll-free helpline at 866-232-8484 or e-mail us.
Free Webinar: Clinical Opportunities With Older Adults
Stigma has kept many emerging professionals from working with the aging population. Yet, there is a growing number of older adults and an increased need for people to provide care and services for them. On July 11, Lauren Snedeker, one of AFA's licensed social workers, will present a free, educational webinar, exploring clinical opportunities to work with older adults and the benefits of helping to ensure meaningful and quality living as we age. Social workers who attend this webinar will be eligible for one (1) New York State continuing education contact hour upon completion of the webinar and a short evaluation. There will be two sessions offered, one at 11 a.m. and one at 3 p.m., both EDT. Click here to register.
An Evening at "The Father" on Broadway
Just in time for Father's Day, AFA's Board Chairman, Bert E. Brodsky will participate in a talk-back following the June 16 performance of "The Father," a Broadway play starring Frank Langella, as the title character who is noticing changes in his mind. The Father is nominated for two Tony Awards (Best Play and Best Actor for Langella). For more information, contact Tracy Cramer, AFA's director of development at 866-232-8484 or by e-mail.
On June 14, AFA will offer a daylong, in-person dementia care training at Brookdale Battery Park Senior Living in New York City. The training, which is based on the "AFA Partners in Care: Supporting Individuals Living With Dementia" DVD, will explore the fundamentals of dementia care and then some. Participants will learn how to recognize behaviors as forms of communication, the importance of truly building a relationship with the individual with dementia and his family and more. Certification as an AFA Dementia Care Partner and six continuing education contact hours for social workers are available with this training. Cost to participate is $95, and lunch is included. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, click here or call Molly Fogel, AFA's director of educational and social services, at 866-232-8484 x131.
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Support the Issuance of an Alzheimer's Postage Stamp
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is taking public comments on the issuance of five new semipostal stamps over the next 10 years. Purchase of these stamps allow postal customers to donate to an underlying cause featured on each. Past stamps have raised millions of dollars for diseases such as breast cancer.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has long supported efforts to have USPS issue an Alzheimer's stamp. Issuance of a semipostal stamp dedicated to Alzheimer's disease will help raise public awareness and encourage concerned individuals to get involved. AFA encourages anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease to submit comments in support of the establishment of an Alzheimer's semipostal stamp to the USPS. Comments may be sent via e-mail, noting "Semipostal Discretionary Program," in the subject line. The comment period is open until July 5.
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